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=Industrial and Social History Series=


_The Extension Division of The University of Chicago. Author of “The
Place of Industries in Elementary Education”_

      Illustrated with a map, 14 full-page and 46 text
      drawings in half-tone by Howard V. Brown.
      Cloth. Square 12mo. 158 pages; 45 cents.

    _For the primary grades._

      Illustrated with a map, 17 full-page and 68 text
      drawings in half-tone by Howard V. Brown.
      Cloth. Square 12mo. 183 pages; 45 cents.

    _For the primary grades._

      Illustrated with 27 full-page and 87 text drawings in
      half-tone by Howard V. Brown. Cloth. Square
      12mo. 197 pages; 45 cents.

    _For the primary grades._

      CONQUEST OF THE WATERS. Illustrated with 21 full-page
      and 110 text drawings in half-tone by Howard V.
      Brown and Kyohei Inukai. Cloth. Square
      12mo. 224 pages; 50 cents.

    _For the intermediate grades._

  _Other volumes, dealing with the early development of pastoral and
  agricultural life, the age of metals, travel, trade,
  and transportation, will follow._

[Illustration: _A map of the Cave-men’s country, showing the relative
position of the geographical features referred to in this book_]


  _Lecturer in Education
  In the Extension Division of the
  University of Chicago_



  _Copyright, 1904_
  By Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  _Entered at Stationers’ Hall_

  =The Rand-McNally Press=

  =Dan, Dorothy, Harold, and Jamie=


THE series, of which this is the second volume, is an attempt to meet
a need that has been felt for several years by parents and physicians,
as well as by teachers, supervisors, and others who are actively
interested in educational and social progress. The need of practical
activity, which for long ages constituted the entire education of
mankind, is at last recognized by the elementary school. It has been
introduced in many places and already results have been attained which
demonstrate that it is possible to introduce practical activity in
such a way as to afford the child a sound development—physically,
intellectually, and morally—and at the same time equip him for
efficient social service. The question that is perplexing educators
at the present time is, therefore, not one regarding the value of
practical activity, but rather one of ways and means by which practical
activity can be harnessed to the educational work.

The discovery of the fact that steam is a force that can do work had
to await the invention of machinery by means of which to apply the
new force to industrial processes. The use of practical activity will
likewise necessitate many changes in the educational machinery before
its richest results are realized. Yet the conditions that attend the
introduction of practical activity as a motive power in education are
very different from those that attended the introduction of the use
of steam. In the case of steam the problem was that of applying a
new force to an old work. In the case of practical activity it is a
question of restoring a factor which, from the earliest times until
within the last two or three decades, has operated as a permanent
educational force.

The situation that has recently deprived the child of the opportunity
to participate in industrial processes is due, as is well known, to
the rapid development of our industrial system. Since the removal
of industrial processes from the home the public has awakened to
the fact that the child is being deprived of one of the most potent
educational influences, and efforts have already been made to restore
the educational factor that was in danger of being lost. This is the
significance of the educational movement at the present time.

As long as a simple organization of society prevailed, the school was
not called upon to take up the practical work; but now society has
become so complex that the use of practical activity is absolutely
essential. Society to-day makes a greater demand than ever before
upon each and all of its members for special skill and knowledge, as
well as for breadth of view. These demands can be met only by such an
improvement in educational facilities as corresponds to the increase
in the social demand. Evidently the school must lay hold of all of the
educational forces within its reach.

In the transitional movement it is not strange that new factors are
being introduced without relation to the educational process as a
whole. The isolation of manual training, sewing, and cooking from the
physical, natural, and social sciences is justifiable only on the
ground that the means of establishing more organic relations are not
yet available. To continue such isolated activities after a way is
found of harnessing them to the educational work is as foolish as to
allow steam to expend itself in moving a locomotive up and down the
tracks without regard to the destiny of the detached train.

This series is an attempt to facilitate the transitional movement in
education which is now taking place by presenting educative materials
in a form sufficiently flexible to be readily adapted to the needs of
the school that has not yet been equipped for manual training, as well
as to the needs of the one that has long recognized practical activity
as an essential factor in its work. Since the experience of the race
in industrial and social processes embodies, better than any other
experiences of mankind, those things which at the same time appeal to
the whole nature of the child and furnish him the means of interpreting
the complex processes about him, this experience has been made the
groundwork of the present series.

In order to gain cumulative results of value in explaining our own
institutions, the materials used have been selected from the life of
Aryan peoples. That we are not yet in possession of all the facts
regarding the life of the early Aryans is not considered a sufficient
reason for withholding from the child those facts that we have when
they can be adapted to his use. Information regarding the early stages
of Aryan life is meager. Enough has been established, however, to
enable us to mark out the main lines of progress through the hunting,
the fishing, the pastoral, and the agricultural stages, as well as to
present the chief problems that confronted man in taking the first
steps in the use of metals, and in the establishment of trade. Upon
these lines, marked out by the geologist, the paleontologist, the
archæologist, and the anthropologist, the first numbers of this series
are based.

A generalized view of the main steps in the early progress of the race,
which it is thus possible to present, is all that is required for
educational ends. Were it possible to present the subject in detail, it
would be tedious and unprofitable to all save the specialist. To select
from the monotony of the ages that which is most vital, to so present
it as to enable the child to participate in the process by which the
race has advanced, is a work more in keeping with the spirit of the
age. To this end the presentation of the subject is made: First, by
means of questions, which serve to develop the habit of making use of
experience in new situations; second, by narrative, which is employed
merely as a literary device for rendering the subject more available
to the child; and third, by suggestions for practical activities that
may be carried out in hours of work or play, in such a way as to
direct into useful channels energy which when left undirected is apt
to express itself in trivial if not in anti-social forms. No part
of a book is more significant to the child than the illustrations.
In preparing the illustrations for this series as great pains have
been taken to furnish the child with ideas that will guide him in his
practical activities as to illustrate the text itself.

Mr. Howard V. Brown, the artist who executed the drawings, has been
aided in his search for authentic originals by the late J. W. Powell,
_director of the United States Bureau of Ethnology, Washington, D. C._;
by Frederick J. V. Skiff, _director of the Field Columbian Museum,
Chicago_, and by the author. Ethnological collections and the best
illustrative works on ethnological subjects scattered throughout the
country have been carefully searched for material.

I wish to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Professor
Dewey for the suggestions he has given me with reference to this
series, and to acknowledge that without the inspiration that has come
through his teaching I should probably never have undertaken a work
of this kind. Among the many friends to whom I am indebted for help
and inspiration, I would mention especially, Professor W. I. Thomas
and Professor Ella Flagg Young, _of the University of Chicago_;
Superintendent F. A. Manny, _of the Ethical Culture Schools, New York
City_; Mrs. Charlotte W. Williams, _of Chicago_; my sister, Miss Elspa
M. Dopp, _of the State Normal School, St. Cloud, Minn._; and Mr. W. W.
Charters, _of the University of Chicago_. To the late Director J. W.
Powell, _of the United States Bureau of Ethnology_, and to Director
Frederick J. V. Skiff, _of the Field Columbian Museum, Chicago_, I am
under obligations for courtesies extended which have enabled me to
gain access to illustrative materials. For the practical proof that
work of this kind is feasible, and that it supplies a genuine need
in elementary education, I am indebted to the hearty coöperation of
students and fellow-teachers of several states.

                                                         K. E. D.

_February 1, 1904._


  _Dedication_                                                         7
  _Preface_                                                            8
  _Contents_                                                          12
  _Illustrations_                                                     13



  Why People Wanted to Live in Caves                                  15
  How the Fire Clan Got a Cave                                        18
  The First Night in the Cave                                         24
  How the Fire Clan Got Rid of Sabre-tooth                            27
  Preparations for the Feast                                          32
  The Feast                                                           35
  How the Cave was Made Ready for a Winter Home                       40
  How the Cave-men Bored Holes Through Their Trophies                 43
  Making New Weapons                                                  50
  How the Women Dressed Sabre-tooth’s Skin                            55
  How the Cave-men Made Clothing                                      58
  The Fire Clan                                                       60
  How the Cave-men Spent the Winter                                   64
  What the Cave-men Got from the Birch Trees                          66
  The Flood                                                           71
  What the Cave-men Lost in the Flood                                 79
  The Council                                                         82
  The Way to the Fire Country                                         88
  How Firekeeper Made the Skin Water Bag                              92
  Why Firekeeper Made a Door                                          96
  The Stranger that Came Toward the Cave                             100
  The Journey to the Fire Country                                    103
  The Return from the Fire Country                                   107
  Strongarm Makes a Great Discovery                                  112
  How the Cave-men Received Strongarm                                115
  The Thanksgiving Feast                                             118
  What the Women Got from Spruce Trees                               121
  How the Women Made Splints for Baskets                             126
  How the Women Wove Splints                                         130
  How the Women Colored their Baskets                                134
  How the Cave-men Carried their Burdens                             139
  A Mammoth Hunt                                                     143
  How the Cave-men Divided the Mammoth                               147
  Strongarm Tells Firekeeper His Secret                              150
  How People Know What the Cave-men Did                              155
  _Suggestions to Teachers_                                          159



  _A map of the Cave-men’s country_                         Frontispiece
  “_They wished they might have his cave for a home_”                 14
  “_Sabre-tooth was going away_”                                      19
  “_She stood trembling so that she could hardly speak_”              22
  _The Feast_                                                         37
  _The Flood_                                                         76
  “_The old man arose in the silence, and thus he spoke to his
          people_”                                                    84
  “_Then the old man and Sharpeyes took leave of their kinfolk
          and started out on the long journey_”                       91
  “_They rushed upon him with their knives and spears_”               98
  “_They carried him into the cave_”                                 102
  “_They watched the fire dart up toward the sky_”                   105
  “_They shouted praises to the fire god_”                           119
  “_They broke off slender branches_”                                124
  _Making splints for baskets_                                       127
  “_They rested the strap upon the forehead_”                        141
  _A mammoth hunt_                                                   145
  “_It was here that he showed Firekeeper how to make fire_”         151

  _Firekeeper carrying wood_                                          25
  _A flint point_                                                     28
  _A hunting knife_                                                   28
  _Fastening the shaft to a branch_                                   30
  _Sabre-tooth pinned to the ground_                                  31
  _The two large sabre teeth_                                         33
  _A stone hammer and stone ax_                                       34
  _A gourd_                                                           36
  _A marrow spoon_                                                    38
  _Children carrying moss and leaves_                                 42
  _Strongarm_                                                         45
  _A weighted strap drill_                                            48
  _A bow drill_                                                       49
  _Making bones into weapons_                                         51
  _Chipping the stones_                                               52
  _A hammer stone, with bone handle_                                  52
  _Putting handles on the spearheads_                                 53
  _A hammer made by Sharpeyes_                                        53
  _A handle made of a forked branch_                                  54
  _The women dressing skins_                                          55
  _Two sides of a scraper_                                            56
  _A bone awl_                                                        59
  _A buckle_                                                          59
  _A skin cradle_                                                     62
  _How they rocked the babies_                                        63
  _A birch bark basket_                                               68
  _A basket with rim_                                                 70
  _Cave-men watching the river_                                       73
  _The cave_                                                          78
  _How the sandal was worn_                                           88
  _A sandal and a tool bag_                                           89
  _A gourd_                                                           94
  _A rhinoceros_                                                     108
  _Making fire with a strap drill_                                   112
  _A drill_                                                          114
  _The hearth of a fire drill_                                       114
  _Strongarm making fire_                                            115
  _Cave-men dancing around the fire_                                 116
  _Pounding the stems_                                               129
  _Woven splints_                                                    131
  _Firm and strong weaving_                                          132
  _A strong basket_                                                  133
  _Methods of weaving and coloring baskets_           135, 136, 137, 138
  _How the Cave-men carried baskets_                                 139
  _A basket with a handle_                                           140
  _A pad for the forehead_                                           140
  _A bone whistle_                                                   143
  _Returning from the feast_                                    148, 149
  _A bow drill made into a fire drill_                               153
  _A fire drill_                                                     154
  _A spearhead_                                                      157
  _Mammoths_                                                         158
  _Making a fire drill_                                              183

[Illustration: “_They wished they might have his cave for a home_”]




_Why People Wanted to Live in Caves_

Did you know that people once lived in caves?

Perhaps you would like to know how it happened.

Long before people lived in caves they lived in the largest trees they
could find.

This was before they had learned to use fire.

But after a while they learned to use fire, and they no longer feared
to make homes on the ground.

They built brush huts of the rudest kind.

They lived in these huts for many years.

For a long time it was warm on the wooded hills, but after a while it
began to grow cold.

The ground was covered with snow and ice.

Cold winds swept over the wooded hills.

Snow beat into the rude brush huts, and cold winds whistled through the

People shivered with the winter’s cold.

They needed a warmer shelter, but they did not know how to make one.

Many of them had been in caves, but they did not dare stay very long.

[Illustration: _A cave-bear_]

Some caves were the homes of big cave-bears, others the dens of hyenas.

Sabre-tooth also lived in a cave.

People knew that these animals were dangerous creatures.

Many a time they had barely escaped from the claws of a cave-bear.

Many a time they had been chased by a pack of hyenas.

They did not want to enrage these creatures.

[Illustration: _Sabre-tooth_]

Least of all did they want to enrage old Sabre-tooth.

He was the fiercest creature on the hills.

When he came out of his cave the forest was still.

Scarcely an animal dared stir.

Even the rhinoceros and mammoth feared to attack him.

He was as sly as a cat and as powerful as a rhinoceros.

He had two sabre teeth that were sharp and strong.

No such animal as Sabre-tooth lives now.

There were only a few animals like him then, but they were more feared
than any other creature.

He was something like a lion and something like a tiger, but he was
more powerful than either.

He did not like to live in the cold, so each winter he went to the

Each summer he came back again.

How glad every one was to see him go!

How they hoped he would never return!

How they wished they might have his cave for a home!


    _Model the wooded hills in your sand box. Make a brush
      hut to show where the people lived. Show where the
      caves are._

    _Tear from paper the animals that lived in caves._

    _Plan a way of getting a cave for a home._



    What happens to the trees and plants just before winter?

    What do the animals that you know do before the winter

    Do you know what people do to get ready for winter?

_How the Fire Clan Got a Cave_

Summer was almost gone.

The oak and the birch trees were dropping their leaves, and all the
plants were showing signs of the frost.

[Illustration: “_Sabre-tooth was going away_”]

The wild animals were getting ready for winter.

Some of them were crawling into their holes.

Others were starting for the south.

The fire clan hoped that in a few days Sabre-tooth would go.

They wanted his cave for the winter, so they kept watch of all that he

They knew that he slept in his cave all the day and seldom left it
except at night.

One morning Strongarm saw him come out of the cave and start off toward
the south.

He believed that Sabre-tooth was going away, so he hurried and told his

How glad they were to hear such news!

How excited they were as they took their firebrands and followed
Strongarm to the cave!

When they reached the cave they paused a moment, while Strongarm crept
in through the mouth.

When he was sure that it was safe for them to follow, he beckoned to
them with his hand.

One by one they crept through the mouth of the cave, their firebrands
lighting the dark way.

It seemed strange to be in such a dark place, but they knew that it was
safe and warm.

They all wanted to keep it for a home, but they knew that wild animals
would try to get it.

So the women gathered armfuls of branches and started a fire just
outside the mouth.

As the fire began to flame up toward the sky, the men gathered around
and watched it blaze.

The children played beside the fire or watched their mothers gather

All the people were near the fire when, suddenly, they were startled by
a shriek of terror.

Mothers clasped their children to their breasts, and fathers grasped
their knives to be ready to fight.

All eyes were soon fixed upon Firekeeper.

[Illustration: “_She stood trembling so that she could hardly speak_”]

She stood trembling so that she could hardly speak, but she pointed
toward a thicket.

The men stepped cautiously toward it, but Firekeeper pulled them back.

Then she told them what she had seen.

It was Sabre-tooth trying to come back to the cave.

When the fire clan heard this, they were filled with terror.

They huddled around the fire.

Nobody knew what to do.

Yet everybody knew that something must be done, for their lives were
not safe as long as Sabre-tooth was near.


    _Show how the Cave-men kept watch of the caves of the
      wild animals._

    _Show how Strongarm led the fire clan into
      Sabre-tooth’s cave._

    _Draw a picture of the people marching to the cave._

    _Show how the women broke branches of wood and carried
      them to the fire._

    _Draw a picture of the women and children gathering
      wood for the fire._



    How do you think the fire clan will spend the first
      evening in the cave?

    Who will be apt to keep watch that night?

_The First Night in the Cave_

At sunset the children were nodding their heads and soon were fast

The women tended the fire while the men sat around and talked.

All the beasts of prey were out for the night.

Sometimes the fire clan could see their shadows in the open spaces near
the cave.

Then they were glad that they had fire.

But they knew that they would have trouble as long as Sabre-tooth was

So they began to plan ways of getting rid of him.

They did not dare risk an open fight with such weapons as they had, so
they tried to invent a new way.

They planned a long time, but they could not decide what to do.

At length all but Firekeeper crept into the cave, where they were soon
asleep upon the rough floor.

[Illustration: _Firekeeper carrying wood with a strap_]

Firekeeper stayed beside the fire and kept watch all alone.

She was the oldest woman of the clan, and people said that she was the
daughter of the fire.

She always kept it burning.

As she tended the fire through the long night she heard all sorts of

Once a big cave-bear passed close to the cave, but he sniffed and ran
when he saw the fire.

Then a pack of hyenas crept up toward the cave.

They seemed to be looking for a safe place to rest.

But as soon as they saw the fire they ran.

Other animals, too, ran when they saw the fire.

Firekeeper was not afraid when she was near the fire, but it seemed
that the long night would never end.

When at last the sky became red in the east, she knew that morning was
coming again.

At the break of day all the people awoke.

It was only a few minutes before they were ready to take up the work of
another day.


    _Show how the children fell asleep. Draw a picture of

    _Show how the cave-bear acted when he saw the fire.
      Draw the picture._

    _Show how Firekeeper kept watch during the night. Draw
      a picture of her as she was keeping watch._

    _Get up early some morning and watch the sun rise.
      Paint a picture of a sunrise._



    Do you know what kind of weapons the fire clan had at
      this time?

    Why would it not be safe for the fire clan to attack
      Sabre-tooth with such weapons?

    What kinds of weapons can you make of stones and sticks?

    What do you think the fire clan will do to get rid of

    Do you think that the fire clan ate three meals
      together each day as we do?

_How the Fire Clan Got Rid of Sabre-tooth_

As soon as the sun was up, messengers started from the cave to ask the
people on the hills for help.

Nobody stopped to eat breakfast.

The Cave-men never ate breakfast together.

Each ate by himself such food as he could find.

Everybody was watching for Sabre-tooth.

Soon Sharpeyes saw him crawl into a thicket, where he laid himself down
and went to sleep.

[Illustration: _A flint point_]

Then the messengers returned with the people from the hills.

They went to the thicket to see Sabre-tooth, but they did not dare
attack him.

They had learned to put handles on their flint points, so as to make
good hunting-knives.

But the handles were short, and it was not safe to attack Sabre-tooth
with such weapons.

Their axes and hammers were larger and stronger, but they were afraid
to use them now.

While they were all wondering what to do, Strongarm went to look at
Sabre-tooth again.

[Illustration: _Opposite side of flint point_]

[Illustration: _A hunting-knife_]

The creature had feasted all night long and was sleeping heavily.

He was lying just under a strong spreading branch of an old oak.

When Strongarm noticed this his eyes brightened.

He motioned to an old man to come to him.

After a few minutes they went back to the other men.

All crowded around, for they felt sure that Strongarm had thought of a
new plan.

Then Strongarm showed the people what he wanted them to do.

Everybody was eager to help.

The women brought out all the skins that they had.

Strongarm laid the strongest skin aside and told the women to cut the
others into straps.

Some of the men began to work upon large flint points.

Others cut a tough branch of oak and made it into a large shaft.

When all had finished their work, they brought what they had to

He selected the largest and strongest flint point and bound it to the
end of the shaft.

He folded the skin so as to make a bag.

[Illustration: “_Strongarm fastened the shaft to the spreading branch
of the oak_”]

Then he tied the skin bag to the shaft.

The boys brought stones to fill the bag and laid them on the ground.

Everything was now ready, so Strongarm took the new weapon over his
shoulder and climbed into the oak tree.

Others followed with stones and straps.

Strongarm quickly fastened the upper end of the shaft to the spreading
branch of the oak.

Then he carefully filled the skin bag with stones and let the weighted
spear hang over Sabre-tooth.

He motioned to the men to go back to the cave, and was soon all alone
with Sabre-tooth.

He did not stop to think what might happen.

He grasped his stone knife and began to cut the heavy strap.

When he had cut almost through the strap, it snapped.

[Illustration: _“The spear fell with its heavy weight”_]

The spear fell with its heavy weight and pinned Sabre-tooth to the

Sabre-tooth made one desperate effort to escape.

Then he lay perfectly still on the ground.

How thankful the Cave-men were!

They had one less creature to fear.

They now felt that they would be able to keep the cave for a home.


    _Notice how gracefully the cat moves. Notice how it
      gets ready to spring.

    Think of an animal many times larger than the cat and
      see if you can model Sabre-tooth in clay.

    See if you can find good stones for hunting-knives and

    Name a tool or a machine that you have seen in which a
      weight is used.

    Draw a picture of it._



    What do you think the Cave-men will do with
      Sabre-tooth’s skin?

    What will they do with his teeth and claws?

    What will they do with his flesh?

    Can you think of what they might do with the bones?

    How do you think they learned to cook food?

_Preparations for the Feast_

How excited all the people on the hills were when they knew that
Sabre-tooth had been killed!

Everybody wanted to see him.

Young and old crowded around to see the monster as he lay stretched out
on the ground.

They gazed at the creature in silence.

They admired his rich tawny stripes.

Not a man on the hills had ever before been able to get such a skin.

They all wished that they might have it, but they knew that it belonged
to Strongarm.

They examined the two large sabre teeth.

They felt of the smaller teeth and claws.

At length the men began to quarrel about the trophies, but Strongarm
waved them back.

He claimed one sabre tooth for himself and allowed the other to go to
the brave old man.

When Strongarm spoke the men kept silent, for they knew that the
trophies belonged to the bravest men.

[Illustration: _The two large sabre teeth_]

But they were given a share in the smaller teeth and claws.

While they were loosening them with stone hammers, the women were
hunting for their stone knives.

They were soon busy taking off Sabre-tooth’s beautiful skin.

When the heavy skin was off, they began to get ready for the feast.

They ate pieces of raw flesh as they worked, and tossed pieces to the
men and boys.

They were all too hungry to wait for the feast.

Besides, they were used to eating raw meat.

But they had learned how to cook meat at this time.

They had learned to roast meat in hot ashes.

At first they roasted the animal in its skin, but now they knew a
better way.

They skinned the animal and cut out the ribs; then they buried them in
the hot ashes.

They covered the ashes with hot coals.

[Illustration: _A stone hammer_]

[Illustration: _A stone ax_]

They cut slices of meat with their stone knives and put them on
roasting sticks.

Then they held these sticks over the hot coals just as we sometimes do


    _Make believe that you are doing some of the work that
      the Cave-men did, and see if any one can guess what
      it is._

    _See if you can cook something over the coals._

    _Ask some one to read you a story that Charles Lamb
      wrote about roast pig._



    How do you think the Cave-men would act at a feast?

    What would they use for dishes?

    What would they do to entertain themselves and their

    When would the neighbors go home?

_The Feast_

Nobody knew just when the feast began.

Nobody set the table, for there was no table to set.

But the women brought bowls they had made out of hollow gourds.

Before the meat was half cooked everybody was eating.

[Illustration: _A gourd_]

Some ate thick slices that had been partly roasted on the sharp sticks.

Others chewed raw meat from bones which they tore from the carcass.

The children sucked strips of raw meat and picked the scraps from the

When the women lifted the ribs out of the hot ashes, they found a nice

They dipped up the gravy in their gourd bowls and gave it to the men.

Strongarm dipped some up with a bone dipper that had been made from the
skull of a cave-bear.

Then he tore out a rib from the carcass and gnawed the meat from the

[Illustration: _The Feast_]

They all held what they ate in their hands.

They all ate very fast, and they ate a long time.

At last their hunger was satisfied, and they began to crack the marrow
bones and scrape the marrow out with sharp sticks and bones.

When the men became tired of sucking the bones, they tossed them to the
women and children.

Then the men joined in a hunting-dance while the women beat time with
the bones.

The women chanted, too, as they beat time.

They danced until all became tired and the visitors were ready to go.

Then Firekeeper loaded pieces of meat upon the backs of the women, and
all gathered around to see the neighbors start home.

As soon as they were gone the Cave-men prepared to rest for the night.

[Illustration: _A marrow spoon_]


    _Take turns in doing something that the Cave-men did at
      the feast, and let the children guess what it is._

    _Find some good marrow bones and crack them._

    _Find out whether we use marrow bones for anything

    _If you think that you can, make something of the
      marrow bones._

    _Can you think why bones are filled with marrow?_

    _See if you can beat time with marrow bones so as to
      help some one do his work._

    _See if you can make dishes of pumpkins, squashes,
      melons, cucumbers, or anything else that you can



    If you were going to live in a cave that had been taken
      from a wild animal, what would you do to make it

    What do you think the Cave-men did?

    What do you think the Cave-men found in the cave?

    What kind of beds do you think they made?

    If they built a fire inside the cave do you think that
      the smoke would pass out?

    Where do you think that they would make their
      fireplace? Where do we make our fireplaces?

    How do we keep the smoke from getting into our rooms?

_How the Cave Was Made Ready for a Winter Home_

The morning after the feast Firekeeper built a fire inside the cave.

Then all went in to look at the cave, but the smoke soon drove them out.

So Firekeeper raked out the fire with a branch of spruce wood and
waited for the smoke to go out.

Then the Cave-men took firebrands and crept inside, and stood up and
walked around.

Bones of animals were strewn upon the rough rocky floor.

Pieces of rock shaped like icicles hung from the roof and stood up from
some parts of the floor.

Drops of water trickled down from the roof.

Layers of rock jutted out from the walls like shelves.

The Cave-men walked through the large dry cavern until they came to a
narrow passage.

Then they stopped to see where it led.

They peered into the darkness, but saw nothing.

They listened, but heard no sound.

Since no one wanted to creep through the passage, they turned back
toward the mouth.

The dry cavern near the mouth was large enough for a home, so the
Cave-men thought no more of the narrow passage.

Before the men went out of the cave they picked up armfuls of bones for

They carried them out by the fire and sat down and worked upon them.

The women cleared away piles of bones, so as to make a smooth place to

Then they went out among the trees to find something to cover the floor.

They broke off small branches of evergreens and carried them into the

The children brought armfuls of moss and leaves, and scattered them
over the hard rocky floor.

When the beds were finished they made a fireplace.

They dug a shallow hole just outside the cave and walled it around with

Perhaps you would not call this a good fireplace, but it was the best
fireplace any one had at that time.

[Illustration: “_The children brought armfuls of moss and leaves_”]


    _Visit a cave when you have a chance to do so._

    _Collect pictures of caves._

    _Model a cave in clay or make one in the ground._

    _Find out what caves are used for nowadays._

    _Make a fireplace out of doors and cook something in
      the hot ashes._



    What do you think the beads you wear are made of?

    Can you think how they were made?

    What do you think the Cave-men used for beads?

    What did they wear for ornaments besides beads?

    Can you think how they bored holes through their

    What does the carpenter use to bore holes with?

    How does the woodpecker bore holes?

_How the Cave-men Bored Holes Through Their Trophies_

For several days after the feast the Cave-men did not hunt.

As long as they had meat they stayed near the cave and worked upon
their trophies.

They were trying to bore holes through the teeth and claws, so as to
string them and wear them for ornaments.

Strongarm was working upon the big sabre tooth.

When he had worked for some time, the Cave-men gathered around to see
how deep a hole he had made.

Some of the men said that he never could do it, but others thought that
it could be done.

Strongarm was tired, so he rested a while and talked to the people
about boring holes.

He told what he had heard when he was a boy.

All the grown people had heard what he said many times, but they were
always ready to hear it again.

Besides, they wished their children to hear it.

So old and young gathered around to hear what Strongarm said.

They all looked and listened as Strongarm showed the children how to
make holes with awls.

As he spoke, the people picked up thorns or sharp bones and punched
them through some object.

Then Strongarm showed them a bone awl that he had made to punch holes
through seeds and thin shells.

[Illustration: “_He took a round stick that had a sharp point and
twirled it on his thigh_”]

But they could not punch holes through teeth and claws, so they learned
to twirl the awls in their hands.

Strongarm did not know how people learned to do this, but he thought
that they learned it when at play.

He took a round stick that had a sharp point and twirled it back and
forth on his thigh.

The other Cave-men twirled, too, for they wanted to show the children
how to bore holes.

The children soon learned how to do it.

Then Strongarm told them of a kind of wood whose surface was coated
with sand.

He told of awls and spindles that were made of this wood and used to
bore holes through teeth and claws.

Such wood as this could not always be found, so people used other stems.

They tried to find something that was hard enough to bore the teeth and

Sometimes they used sand with a spindle of wood.

At other times they fastened a hard flint point at the end of a wooden

When they used the sand in boring, they no longer twirled the spindle
on their thighs.

They could not use the sand unless they held the spindle upright.

Strongarm showed them how it was done, and all the people tried it.

It was hard work for one person to twirl the spindle steadily.

So they began to twirl in an easier way which they had learned when
they were young.

Strongarm and Sharpeyes worked together, and the others worked in the
same way.

When Strongarm’s hands were near the foot of the spindle, Sharpeyes’
hands were near the top.

As Sharpeyes’ hands began to move down the spindle, Strongarm began
again to twirl at the top.

Sometimes they were awkward in moving their hands.

Then the spindle did not work so well, so they tried to keep the same
time with their hands.

They worked together best when they sang as they worked, and the
singing kept them from getting tired.

Once when they stopped to look at their work, Strongarm picked up a
strap that was on the ground.

He carelessly wound it once around the spindle, keeping hold of one end
of the strap.

Then Sharpeyes picked up the other end of the strap, and Strongarm
jerked the end that he held.

[Illustration: _A strap drill weighted with stones_]

They did this a few minutes just in play, but at last they began to do
it in earnest.

Strongarm placed the end of the spindle in the shallow hole that he had
made in the sabre tooth.

Then he and Sharpeyes began to twirl the spindle with the strap.

But there was nothing to keep the spindle from falling.

So they tried to hold it with a piece of wood.

They made a shallow hole in the wood to fit the top of the spindle.

Then while Strongarm and Sharpeyes pulled the strap, a boy held the
spindle in place.

Soon the spindle was working steadily, and the hole was becoming deeper
and deeper.

When they had bored a hole halfway through the tooth, they began to
bore from the opposite side.

All the Cave-men came up to see them work.

As soon as the hole was made, Strongarm took a cord of braided sinew
and hung the sabre tooth at his side.

[Illustration: _A bow drill_]

After that he always wore the trophy.

Sometimes he used it for a knife and sometimes for a saw.

Every one who saw this rare trophy knew that Strongarm was a brave man.


    _Make a collection of things that you can use for awls._

    _Find something that will do for the spindle of a

    _Show how to drill a hole by twirling the spindle or
      awl on the thigh._

    _Show how one person can twirl an upright spindle._

    _Show how two persons can twirl an upright spindle with
      their hands._

    _Show how they can do it with a strap. Can you think
      why stones are sometimes bound to the shaft of a

    _Look at the picture of the bow drill and see if you
      can make one._

    _Draw a picture of the Cave-men working upon their



    Think of as many tools and weapons as you can that the
      Cave-men found ready to use.

    What could they find to make into tools and weapons?
      Why did they not use large boards and metals?

    Why did they put handles on their tools and weapons?

    Think of as many ways as you can of fastening handles
      to tools and weapons.

_Making New Weapons_

The Cave-men liked their new home.

They were able to work better when they were warm than when they were
shivering with the cold.

They found more time to improve their tools and weapons.

One day they began to make weapons of the bones they found in the cave.

[Illustration: “_They made them into weapons_”]

Many of the bones were good for clubs.

Others were good for handles of weapons.

After the Cave-men had sorted out the bones that they wanted, they went
to hunt stones along the margin of the stream.

They wanted stones that were good for hammers.

So they hunted for smooth, round stones that were hard to break.

They wanted other stones for knives, spears, and axes.

So they hunted for stones that broke with a sharp edge.

They struck the sharp edges with hammer stones to see if they crumbled
under a heavy blow.

When they found stones that crumbled they threw them away, but they
kept the stones that were tough and strong.

When they had chipped off a few large flakes they carried the rough
stones to the cave.

There they made them into weapons.

They did not chip the hammer stones, but fastened handles to them.

Some handles were long bones that were large at the joint.

Other handles were made of forked branches.

[Illustration: “_They chipped off a few large flakes_”]

[Illustration: “_Some handles were long bones that were large at the

Sharpeyes found a hammer stone with a groove around the center and
fastened a handle to it.

He cut a slender branch of a sapling and bent it around the groove.

Then he twisted the ends and held them close, while he bound them with

The Cave-men liked this hammer so well that they made other hammers
like it.

They made long handles for their knife points, so that they became real

They put handles on the spearheads in many ways.

Sometimes they bound the spearhead between the split end of a long
stick, and covered the binding with pitch.

[Illustration: “_They put handles on the spearheads in many ways_”]

[Illustration: “_The Cave-men liked this hammer so well that they made
other hammers like it_”]

Sometimes they drove the spearhead into the soft part of a large horn.

Sometimes they drove it into the pith of a branch.

They always tried to bind the handle so that it would stay, for they
sometimes got hurt when a handle came off.

[Illustration: “_Other handles were made of forked branches_”]


    _Find stones that will make good hammers. Tell why they
      are good for hammers._

    _Find stones that are good for knives, axes, and
      spears. Tell why they are good for such weapons._

    _Find bones, horns, or sticks that are good for
      handles. See if you can put handles on hammers or

    _Notice how handles are put on tools nowadays._

    _Show as many ways as you can of fastening handles to
      tools and weapons._

    _See if you can find a tool whose handle is fastened in
      a way that the Cave-men did not use._

    _Tell where you can find the best stones for tools and

    _Why do people not use stones for tools nowadays?_

    _Find out what small stones are used for to-day._

    _How do you use stones?_



    What do you think the women were doing while the men
      were working on their weapons?

    What tools and weapons did the women need? Do you think
      that they made them themselves?

_How the Women Dressed Sabre-tooth’s Skin_

While the men worked upon their trophies and weapons, the women, too,
were working.

[Illustration: _How the women dressed skins_]

They had gone to the river banks to get stones to make into tools.

They were ready to dress old Sabre-tooth’s skin, so they hunted for
stones that would make good scrapers.

They shaped the stones by chipping them with hammer stones, but they
did not make handles for them.

If the rough edges hurt their hands, they wrapped the scraper in a
piece of skin.

When the scrapers were ready, they found a smooth spot where they
stretched out Sabre-tooth’s skin.

Then they made little slits all around the edge and drove little pegs
through them.

They scraped off thin shavings from the inner side, but they were
careful not to spoil the skin by cutting through it.

[Illustration: _One side of scraper_]

[Illustration: _Opposite side of scraper_]

When they had a smooth surface, they rubbed it with fat so as to make
it soft.

Sometimes they chewed the hard parts to make them soft.

When the skin was smooth and soft, they dried it in the sun.

Then they took it into the cave.

Sabre-tooth’s skin was too large to wear every day, but Strongarm wore
it on feast days.


    _Show how the women stretched the skin upon the ground._

    _Show how they scraped it and rubbed it with fat._

    _Find a stone or a shell that will make a good scraper._

    _Get a skin at the meat market and see if you can dress

    _Name things that you wear that are made of fur._

    _Name things made of fur that men and women wear._

    _Find as many other uses of fur as you can._

    _Where does the fur that we use come from? Ask some one
      to tell you how it is prepared for use._

    _Can you think why fur is more expensive now than it
      used to be? Why should we be careful about killing
      wild animals?_

    _Name the things you have that are made of leather._

    _Visit a tannery and ask some one to tell you about it._

    _Draw a picture of the women dressing Sabre-tooth’s



    Why did the Cave-men need more clothing than the
      Tree-dwellers had?

    Do you know whether they had cloth? What could they use
      instead of cloth?

    How do you think they sewed?

    How many ways do you know of lacing up your shoes?

    What did the Cave-men use instead of scissors?

    What do you think they used for needles and thread?

_How the Cave-men Made Clothing_

During the summer the Cave-men did not wear much clothing.

They dressed about the same as the Tree-dwellers.

When they were in the cave, they did not need clothing, for it was
always warm in the cave.

But, as winter came on, they were cold when they went out to hunt.

Sometimes they tried to keep warm by running, or by swinging their

The skins that they wore for trophies also helped them to keep warm.

But, as it grew colder, they began to wear larger skins.

If they could not find a skin that was large enough, they pieced small
skins together.

Where we would use scissors, they used a stone knife.

Where we would use a needle, they used a bone awl.

They trimmed off the ragged edges and punched holes in the places they
wished to sew.

Then they laced them together with sinew thread, as you lace up your

They fastened the garment over the shoulder by tying it with strong

Sometimes they fastened their garments with buckles.

[Illustration: _A bone awl_]

[Illustration: _A buckle_]

These skin garments covered only part of the body, but they helped the
Cave-men keep warm and strong.


    _See if you can find things such as the Cave-men used
      to make a dress for your doll._

    _Find as many ways as you can of sewing by using an awl
      instead of a needle._

    _See if you can find sinew or tough roots and grasses
      for making thread._



    Can you think why the Cave-men lived in clans instead
      of in families as we do?

    How many men do you think lived in the fire clan? How
      many women? How many children?

    What could the children do to help their fathers and

    How do you think the children played?

_The Fire Clan_

Ever since the Tree-dwellers had learned to use fire, there had been a
fire clan on the wooded hills.

There were many other clans, too.

Some of them were named after wild animals, and some were named after

All the people lived in clans, for it was the best way to live at that

There were enough men in each clan to protect it from wild beasts.

There were enough women to do the household work.

There were many children, too.

But there was room enough in the cave for all, and they lived as if
they were one large family.

Each child in the clan was given a name, which was changed when he
became full grown.

The name of one of the girls was Brighteyes.

Brighteyes called every man in the cave her father, and she called
every woman her mother.

All of the children were her brothers and sisters.

She did not have any cousins.

She did not have any uncles and aunts.

[Illustration: _A skin cradle_]

At that time no one spoke of uncles and aunts.

Brighteyes used to play with her brothers and sisters, and she used to
work, too.

She tried to do what the grown people did.

Sometimes the children went with their mothers to hunt for roots and

But sometimes they had to stay at home to take care of the babies.

Brighteyes liked to play with the babies.

She would hunt for bright and shining playthings, which she strung on
spruce root or a kind of tough grass.

Then she would dangle them over the heads of the babies and watch them
as they laughed and crowed.

[Illustration: “_They rocked the babies in their cradles_”]

Sometimes the girls made rattles of gourds, which the babies played
with for a long time.

Sometimes they carried the babies on their backs until they got very

Then they put them in their skin cradles again and hung them on the
branches of a tree.

While they rocked the babies in their cradles they sang them little


    _Make some playthings for a baby that you know._

    _See if you can make a skin cradle for your doll._



    How do you think the Cave-men spent the winter?

    What kind of food do you think they ate?

    What do you eat in the winter?

    Why could not the Cave-men have as many kinds of food
      as you have?

    Do you think you could stand it to go out in the cold
      dressed as the Cave-men were dressed?

_How the Cave-men Spent the Winter_

Perhaps you think that the Cave-men spent a dreary winter.

It might be dreary for you if you had to spend it that way.

But the Cave-men knew nothing about such homes as we have.

They lived in the very best home that anybody had at that time.

That is why they were satisfied.

When the weather was pleasant they went out to hunt, but they never had
to go far.

The wild animals were not yet afraid of men, and so they did not try to
get away.

By using their spears and stone axes, the Cave-men got plenty of meat
to eat.

But they got so hungry for something green, that they ate the green
moss that they found in the stomach of the reindeer.

Sometimes they ate the inner bark of trees.

Sometimes they found nuts in squirrels’ nests, but most of the food
that they ate was meat.

In the coldest weather they did not have even meat, for it was not safe
to hunt in the biting cold.

They stayed in the cave for days at a time without a taste of food.

Sometimes they were so hungry that they chewed hard skins, and they
even sucked dry bones.

But they managed in some way to live through these cold days, until the
weather became warmer again.


    _Think of the coldest and stormiest day you have ever
      seen, and draw a picture showing how it looked._

    _Tell a story of what Brighteyes did during a cold day._

    _Tell a story of what the Cave-men did one pleasant day
      in the winter._



    Have you ever noticed the bark of a birch tree?

    Do you know what birch bark is used for?

    Why is birch bark better to make into baskets and boats
      than the bark of other trees?

    Can you think of a way of taking birch bark from a tree
      without splitting the bark?

    Have you ever seen bark that has been mended?

    What do you think the Cave-men used birch bark for?

    Why do you not have the right to peel birch bark from
      any tree that you see?

    Are there any birch trees that you do have the right to
      take bark from?

_What the Cave-men Got from the Birch Trees_

When the snow began to melt, the Cave-men were glad; for it was warm
enough to leave the cave.

They spent their days on the wooded hills where many birch trees grew.

All the Cave-men liked to go to these trees.

They liked to peel off the silvery white bark that hung from the older
trees in strips.

They wanted to get the tough inner bark that was under the smooth outer

They chewed the inner bark the way you chew gum.

Sometimes they bit into the bark with their teeth, and sometimes they
cut it with a stone knife.

Then they peeled it off in strips with their fingers.

At first they peeled it carelessly and gave no thought to the width of
the strips.

But one day Firekeeper peeled off a wide strip.

There were narrow strips for her to eat, so she kept the wide strip for
a while.

One day she began to shape it with her hands and to fold in the edges.

After trying for a long time, she made it into a basket.

She did not cut the bark, but shaped it by making folds in each corner
and fastening them with sharp thorns.

She gathered winter buds into the basket and carried them home to the

[Illustration: “_This basket did not last very long_”]

In a few days the thorns fell out, so Firekeeper cut the bark and sewed
the folds.

But this basket did not last very long.

The edges split and Firekeeper’s basket was soon worn out.

One morning she went with the other women to get birch bark for another

They had no trouble in cutting the bark and in loosening the edges with
their fingers.

But as soon as they tried to peel it, the bark began to split.

So they tried to press evenly with their fingers against the under
side, but still many strips split.

Finally Firekeeper picked up the rib of a deer and pressed it under the
loosened edge.

Then she carefully pulled the ends of the rib and peeled off a large
piece of bark.

Then all the women tried to peel bark by using the rib of a deer.

They carried the bark that they peeled to the cave, and sat down by the
fire to make baskets.

Nobody was satisfied with Firekeeper’s basket, for the corners were
rough and the edges split.

They found that by cutting into the sides of the bark they could fold
it so as to make smoother corners.

So they cut and folded the bark, then sewed the folds with spruce root.

Then they hunted for something to bind around the edge, so as to
strengthen the basket.

Some of the women made rims of tough grass, and some used willow stems.

These were the first rims they had ever made, but the women always put
rims on their baskets after that.

[Illustration: “_The women always put rims on their baskets after


    _If there is a birch tree growing in your neighborhood,
      go and see it._

    _Notice whether it is a good shade tree. Does the bark
      on the young trees hang in strips as it does on the
      older trees?_

    _If you have the right to do so, peel off enough birch
      bark to make a basket, a boat, or a frame._

    _When you visit a museum, find as many things as you
      can that are made of birch bark._

    _Find pictures of things that are made of birch bark._



    When the snow melts in the spring, what happens to the
      river or stream in your neighborhood?

    How does the melted snow get to the river?

    Have you ever heard of rivers that are under the ground?

    If such a river-bed were dry, what would it be?

    Have you ever seen a ravine? Is it anything like a cave?

    If the roof of a cave fell in, what would the cave

    If the sides of a ravine became worn down, what would
      it become?

    Think of ways in which the cave might be flooded when
      the snow melts in the spring.

    Do you know anything about the floods that we have

_The Flood_

Winter was almost gone.

The air was getting mild and soft.

The snow was beginning to melt, and the river was rising.

All along the banks there were mountains of snow and ice.

Huge masses of floating ice were carried along by the current.

The Cave-men were watching the swiftly rising river.

They feared that there might be a flood.

The children were playing in the melting snow and wading in the water.

Sharpeyes had just come from the ravine.

This ravine was usually dry in summer, but in winter it was filled with

Now it was a deep, dark stream, with black and threatening water.

All the ravines were pouring their waters into the river, which was
rising rapidly.

Where the banks were steep the river was narrow.

There the water was deep, and large masses of snow and ice were carried
along by the strong current.

At the drinking-place the banks were low.

There the river was wider and the current was not so deep and strong.

Small masses of snow and ice were carried along by the current, but the
larger masses became lodged on the bed of the stream.

In this way the river was forming a dam.

[Illustration: “_All day long the Cave-men watched the river_”]

All day long the Cave-men watched the river, but at night they went
back to the cave.

There were dark clouds in the sky; so Firekeeper covered the fire with
ashes, and they got ready for the night.

All but Firekeeper were soon asleep.

As she kept watch that night there was something that troubled her.

It was not the roaring river.

It was not the pouring rain.

She had heard those sounds before.

It was a sound that was new to her, and she wondered what it meant.

It seemed to come from deep down in the cave, and sounded like rumbling

She did not wish to frighten the clan, so she let them all sleep.

She listened again.

She still heard the roaring of the river.

She still heard the pouring rain.

Below it all she heard that strange muffled sound.

It was coming nearer and nearer.

She felt water trickling over her bed of moss and leaves.

At first she thought it was the rain.

She peered into the darkness, but saw nothing.

She felt of the running water.

It was coming from the cave.

Then she called Strongarm.

He quickly roused the people, and they hurried out of the cave.

A moment more and it would have been too late.

The water rushed up from the dark narrow passage and out through the
mouth of the cave.

There was water everywhere.

The frightened Cave-men ran for the hills.

They climbed trees, where they stayed through the long dark night.

When the rays of the sun streaked the sky in the east, the Cave-men
were still up in the trees.

They looked out over the valley, but they scarcely knew the place.

All the land except the hills was covered by the flood.

All the thickets had disappeared.

[Illustration: _The Flood_]

Only the tops of the trees stood above the water.

The river was dammed with snow and ice.

The water dashed against the dam, but it could not break its way

It was forced back; it was overflowing the banks; it was flooding the

Nobody had breakfast that morning.

Nobody had a mouthful to eat all that day.

All the Cave-men watched the flood from the trees.

They heard the ice when it began to crack.

They heard the roaring of the river as it beat upon the dam.

They knew that it was wearing its way through.

About midday there was a loud crash.

The Cave-men then knew that the dam was broken.

They saw the water pour through the dam and sweep everything in its

Before sunset the flood was gone.

Most of the ice and snow had been swept away.

The Cave-men were glad to come down from the trees, and they hurried to
see what had happened to their cave.



    _Notice a river or brook after a heavy rain or the
      melting of the snow._

    _See if you can tell where the current of the river is._

    _Notice the difference in the current in the wide and
      narrow parts of the river._

    _Find the parts of the valley that would be flooded if
      the river overflowed its banks._

    _Notice the little holes that are made in the ground by
      the rain._

    _See if you can find a ravine made by the rain._

    _Model a small river valley showing some of the work of
      the rain._

    _Change the little pot-holes so as to make them into

    _Change the caves so as to make them into ravines._

    _Change a ravine so as to make a valley._

    _Tell a story of how a pot-hole became a valley._

    _Show in your sand box the way the cave was flooded._



    Do you think that the Cave-men can live in their cave
      when they go back?

    What do you think they lost in the flood?

    What did the Cave-men prize most of all?

    Can you tell why they thought the fire was alive?

_What the Cave-men Lost in the Flood_

The Cave-men were anxious about their home, so they hastened to the

Their bare feet left clear tracks in the layer of fine mud.

But they were too anxious about the fire to think of such things as
tracks in the mud.

They did not know much about the fire or the flood, but they thought
that they both were alive.

They feared that the fire had been driven away.

Yet they hoped to find a few live coals that they could kindle into a

But not even a stone was left on the spot to mark the place where the
fireplace had been.

Everything had been swept away by the flood.

Firekeeper searched in vain for a spark.

When at last she knew that the fire was gone, she wrung her hands and

The people joined in Firekeeper’s cries until Strongarm comforted them.

Strongarm hoped that their neighbors still had fire and sent Sharpeyes
to find out.

Then he crept through the mouth of the cave to see what had happened

The water had gone down in the large cavern, but it was still rumbling

The floor of the cave was wet and slippery and covered with fine mud.

Slowly Strongarm groped his way through the dark and damp cavern.

He wanted to find Sabre-tooth’s skin.

He moved his hands over the floor of the cave and into each corner and

But no trace of the skin could he find.

Then the Cave-men hunted for their weapons, but they, too, had been
carried away.

The Cave-men had lost all they had in the flood.

When they saw Sharpeyes coming they went to meet him, but he brought
them no good news.

There was no more fire on the wooded hills.

There was sorrow everywhere.


    _Show what the Cave-men did when they went back to the
      cave. Draw a picture of them._

    _Tell a story of what you think happened at one of the
      other caves._



    How do you think the Cave-men will get fire?

    Where can fire be found without making it?

    If the Cave-men had seen a place where there were
      natural fires, do you think they would remember where
      it was?

    What do you think happened to the wild animals during
      the flood?

_The Council_

The cave was too damp to live in for several days after the flood.

The Cave-men camped at its mouth and waited for it to dry.

Not an animal came near them during that time.

Many animals had been drowned in the flood.

Many more had escaped to higher lands.

The Cave-men were safe for a time, but they had to live on bark and

They knew that the animals would return, so they began to make new

It was well that they made them as soon as they did, for the animals
soon came back.

At first the animals kept away from the cave, but when they no longer
saw the fire, they began to come up nearer.

Then the Cave-men were frightened.

Some of them wanted to leave the cave and live as the Tree-dwellers had

But Strongarm wanted to stay in the cave and to keep all the people in
the clan together.

He knew that they could not keep together unless they had fire again.

So he talked with the bravest men, and they decided to hold a council.

Messengers were sent to call all the people to a meeting at the fire
clan’s cave.

By midday they had assembled.

They had not held many councils.

They were not used to obeying.

At first there was great confusion, and loud and boisterous talking.

Each had a plan of his own.

But soon they became more quiet and began to listen to the wisest men.

All eyes were soon turned toward an old man who had been their
mightiest hunter.

But now he was getting old, and his strength was beginning to fail.

The old man arose in the silence, and thus he spoke to his people:

[Illustration: “_The old man arose in the silence, and thus he spoke to
his people_”]

“Many years have we lived on these hillsides.

Our fathers lived here before us.

They lived many years without fire.

They lived, and they worked, and they waited.

The fire god came among them.

He gave them burning branches.

He told them they were his children.

He asked them to feed him daily.

We have always tried to obey him.

We have always fed him daily.

He has given us his protection.

But the water god was angry.

He came in all his fury.

He drove us from our dwelling.

He rushed upon our fire god.

He drove him far away.

Now the water god has gone.

Our fire god may return.

He may be near us now.

We must search till we surely find him.

We must bring him home again.”

For a moment the old man was silent.

He waited for some one to speak.

At last Strongarm asked the old man if he knew where the fire god now

To this the old man responded:

“That no one knows truly.

I have heard that he dwells in the dry wood.

But he seems not to hear our voices.

I have heard that he dwells in the mountains.

Our fathers have been to the mountains.

They were hunting the musk sheep and the marmot.

One night they were tired and hungry.

They were seeking a place of refuge.

They saw a light in the distance.

They ran to it.

They found the flaming fire.

It gave them its protection.

I have heard there are dark chasms.

I have heard that the fire springs from them.

I think I can find these mountains.

But my steps are getting feeble.

I need the help of a young man.

Who will go on this long hard journey?”

Then Sharpeyes stepped forward and said that he would go with the old

Everybody knew that Sharpeyes was a brave young man, and so it was
agreed that he should be the one to go.


    _Think of the old man as he talked to the people._

    _Think of Sharpeyes as he stepped forward and said that
      he would go._

    _Draw one of these pictures._

    _Play holding a council._



    When you go traveling where do you stay at night? Where
      do you think the old man and Sharpeyes stayed?

    Where do you get food when you travel? Where would the
      Cave-men get food?

    What new clothing do you need before you go? What
      clothing do you think the Cave-men needed to get
      ready to go?

    Did the Cave-men need anything that you do not need?

_The Way to the Fire Country_

The Cave-men knew that the fire country was far away from the wooded

They knew that the journey was a dangerous one, and that the old man
and Sharpeyes might never return.

So they did all they could to help them prepare for the journey.

Much of the way was rocky, and they knew their bare feet would blister.

So they tried to make something to protect their feet.

[Illustration: _How the sandal was put on the foot_]

They had not yet learned to make shoes and stockings, but they had
often bound grass about their feet.

They had even learned to make braided grass sandals.

They braided the grass, then sewed it.

Braided grass sandals were good while they lasted, but they soon wore

So they made new sandals of thick, tough skin.

[Illustration: “_They made new sandals of thick, tough skin_”]

Part of the way was through thorny thickets, so they needed something
to protect their legs.

They had not yet learned to make trousers or leggins, but they cut
strips of skin to wind around their legs.

Skins that were worn as clothing by day served as blankets by night.

They dared not burden themselves with food, but trusted to killing game
on the way.

So they were careful to take their best spears and axes.

They knew that their weapons might break, so they took tools and straps
to mend them.

[Illustration: _The tool bag for carrying tools and straps_]

Everybody helped the old man and Sharpeyes.

Everybody arose early the morning they went away.

Sharpeyes and the old man put on their new clothing, and the women
brought them food to eat.

As the old man slung a hollow gourd over his shoulder, Firekeeper came
up and gave him a skin bag.

Nobody knew what the bag was for until Firekeeper showed them that it
would hold water.

The old man was glad to take it and leave the hollow gourd at home.

Then the old man and Sharpeyes took leave of their kinfolk and started
out on the long journey.


    _Make a pair of sandals of something that you can find
      growing out of doors._

    _Draw a picture of the Cave-men helping the old man and
      Sharpeyes get ready._

[Illustration: “_Then the old man and Sharpeyes took leave of their
kinfolk and started out on the long journey_”]



    How do you think Firekeeper made the skin water bag?

    Where did the Cave-men get water? When did they need to
      carry water?

    Name as many things as you can that they could use for
      carrying water before they learned to make water

    What do we use to carry water? Where does the water
      that we drink come from?

_How Firekeeper Made the Skin Water Bag_

The Cave-men watched the old man and Sharpeyes until they passed out of

Then the men went out on the hills, while the women and children dug
roots near the cave.

After a while they climbed a large oak tree and sat on its strong
spreading branches.

Then Brighteyes asked Firekeeper about the bag, and how she happened to
make it.

All the children liked to hear Firekeeper talk.

She often told them of the brave deeds of their fathers.

She often showed them how to make useful things that their mothers knew
how to make.

They all wanted to hear her now, so they tried to get close beside her.

She told them of Sharptooth and the way she got water by drinking it
from the stream.

Then she told how Bodo got fire, and how people began to live around
the fireplace.

As soon as people learned to work together, they often went far away
from the stream.

When the women went berrying far from the river, they became thirsty
before they got home.

One day they found water in a hollow gourd that had been filled by the

They took the gourd with them when they went home and used it for
carrying water.

Afterward they learned to hollow out gourds and to use them for water

Sometimes they left part of the vine on the gourd and used the vine for
a carrying strap.

[Illustration: “_They wove a coarse netting of vines and covered the
gourd with that_”]

When they pulled the gourd off from the vine, they had to make a strap
for the gourd.

Sometimes the gourd broke and spilled the water, so they wove a coarse
netting of wild vines and covered it with that.

All the children had seen gourd water vessels and had used them many

Brighteyes had learned to make the netting, so Firekeeper did not stop
to show how it was made.

All were anxious to hear about the skin bag, so Firekeeper went on with
her story.

She told them that she had been thinking of the dry rocky country for
several days.

She knew that the men must pass through it, and she feared they would
die of thirst.

She was afraid to trust the gourd water vessel at such a time as this.

She wished the gourd were as strong as skin.

Then she wondered if she could make a skin bag.

The next day when she was skinning a hyena she happened to think of a
way to do it.

Instead of cutting the skin straight down the breast line, she tried
another way.

After cutting off the feet and the head, she loosened the skin and
slipped it off almost whole.

She scraped it and softened it with fat, and tied up the legs with

Then she fastened a strap to the bag.

It was finished just in time for the men to take it with them.

The story was now ended, so the women and children got down from the
tree and started back to the cave.


    _Think of Firekeeper and the children as they sat in
      the tree. Draw a picture of them._

    _Find as many things as you can that the Cave-men might
      have used to carry water._

    _Make a water vessel of a gourd, a melon, or something
      that you can find._

    _Perhaps you can ornament your water vessel._

    _Draw a picture of the skin water bag._



    What do you think the Cave-men will do while the old
      man and Sharpeyes are gone?

    How will they keep the animals out of the cave?

_Why Firekeeper Made a Door_

The day after the old man and Sharpeyes went away, a cave-bear came up
toward the cave.

The women sent the children into the cave and grasped their weapons to
help the men.

The bear turned and went away.

But the Cave-men were afraid that he would come back.

They could defend themselves at the mouth of the cave, but they had to
go out to get something to eat.

They were afraid to leave the children alone for fear the cave-bear
might get them.

At last they thought of shutting them up in the cave.

They had never seen nor heard of a door, but they knew how to heap up
piles of stones.

So they rolled up large stones and piled them up until part of the
entrance was blocked.

They did not want to wall up the whole mouth, for the stones were too
heavy to move every day.

But they wanted to close the mouth of the cave so as to keep the
cave-bear out.

Everybody tried to find a way to do it, and at last Firekeeper got an
idea for a door.

Perhaps you would not call what she made a door, but it was a good door
for that time.

[Illustration: “_They rushed upon him with their knives and spears_”]

Firekeeper made it of tough branches.

She stuck several large branches into the ground and wove smaller ones
among them.

When the door was finished, the women pulled up the large branches and
carried the wicker-work door to the cave.

They set it between the stones so as to close the mouth.

After that they shut the children in the cave when they went out to

But the cave-bear still prowled around.

When the women came home from the woods one day, the cave-bear was at
the door.

They rushed upon him with their knives and spears.

They were torn and bruised by the cave-bear, but he never troubled them
any more.


    _If you have a playhouse, try to make a wicker-work
      door for it._

    _Tell a story of what the children did when they saw
      the cave-bear through the holes in the door._

    _Model a cave-bear in clay._



    Can you think what kind of a place the fire country is?

    Can you tell where we get oil and gas to burn? If a
      natural oil well should take fire, what would happen?

    Have you ever seen a volcano?

_The Stranger That Came Toward the Cave_

Many days passed, and each day the Cave-men missed the fire more and

They missed the old man and Sharpeyes.

They hoped they would soon come home.

But as the days went by and they did not come, the Cave-men feared they
would never return.

One day about sunset they went into the cave.

As Firekeeper was fastening the door of the cave, she saw a stranger

She called the others to look.

They hoped they would see their friends, but this man seemed a stranger.

He was hardly able to walk.

His garments were torn and tattered.

His limbs were bruised and bleeding.

As the Cave-men looked in silence, he sank exhausted to the ground.

Then the Cave-men gathered around him.

They raised him up and looked into his face.

They could scarcely believe what they saw.

It was Sharpeyes.

No wonder they did not know him.

He had been one of their bravest hunters.

He had left them young and happy, but now he looked old and haggard.

He seemed to be crushed with sorrow.

They carried him into the cave and bathed his tired feet.

They dressed his wounds.

At last he moved, and they spoke to him.

They asked about the old man.

They asked if he had found fire.

But Sharpeyes could not answer.

He fell into a deep sleep, and he was still sleeping long after the
morning sun arose.

[Illustration: “_They carried him into the cave_”]


    _Show how the Cave-men acted when they saw the stranger
      coming toward the cave._

    _Show how they helped Sharpeyes to the cave._

    _Draw a picture showing the part that you like best._



    What do you think the Cave-men will do while Sharpeyes
      is sleeping?

    Why will everybody on the wooded hills want to hear his

    What do you think his story will be?

_The Journey to the Fire Country_

Before sunrise Strongarm had sent word to all the people on the hills
that Sharpeyes had returned.

He told them to meet at the fire clan’s cave.

All were anxious to hear Sharpeyes’ story.

Some of the Cave-men still hoped that the old man would come with fire.

But others feared he would never return.

About noon Sharpeyes awoke.

The women brought him water and meat.

When he had eaten, all the Cave-men were there.

They gathered around Sharpeyes in silence and grew sad as they looked
in his face.

At length Sharpeyes roused up as if he were waking from a dream.

He recalled the morning that he and the old man had started out on
their journey.

He spoke of the hope that filled their hearts.

He told of the long and difficult way and of the trouble they had in
crossing the mountains.

At last they reached the dry, rocky country, where the old man led the

He knew where to look for the cool mountain springs, where they drank
and filled the water bag.

They journeyed onward many a day, climbing steep and rocky heights.

At last they saw flames of fire in the distance.

They eagerly hastened to their journey’s end.

[Illustration: “_They watched the fire dart up toward the sky_”]

They were tired and hungry when they reached the fire country, but
their hearts were filled with joy.

They were glad to be near the fire god once more.

They watched the fire dart up toward the sky.

It seemed to come from deep, dark chasms.

They stayed in the fire country several days.

After mending their weapons, they hunted a while.

They cooked their meat in the flaming fire.

They slept on the ground beside the fire.

When they were rested they started home.

They lighted some punk and put it in their tool bag.

Then they lighted their torches and set out on their homeward way.

As they traveled they talked of their friends.

Their hearts were glad, for they hoped to bring happiness to all the
people on the wooded hills.


    _Play that you are the Cave-men, and let some one tell
      Sharpeyes’ story while the others listen to it._

    _See if you can find some punk. Why do you think that
      the men put punk in their tool bag?_

    _Tell all that you know about the fire country. Draw a
      picture of it._



    What do you think had become of the old man?

    How do you think the Cave-men will get fire?

_The Return From the Fire Country_

While Sharpeyes was talking he seemed to be hopeful.

But now his head fell, and he seemed unwilling to speak.

Strongarm urged him to go on.

At length he continued the story, but his voice was filled with sadness.

He told how the first few days of their journey everything went well.

They stopped for nothing but food and sleep, for they were anxious to
get home.

No animal disturbed them on their way as long as they had fire.

But one day the sky grew dark.

A heavy rainstorm beat down upon them and put out the fire they carried.

[Illustration: “_A big-nosed rhinoceros was watching them_”]

But since they had burning punk in the bag, they thought they could
light their torches again.

They waited for the rain to cease.

Then they took the punk from the bag and tried to light their torches.

But the wood was damp, and it was hard work to fan the spark into a

They worked so busily that they thought of nothing except the fire.

They did not see a big-nosed rhinoceros that was watching them from
among the trees.

He was almost upon them before they thought of danger.

Then they quickly sprang for the tree, but the old man lost his hold.

He fell and was trampled by the monstrous beast.

The rhinoceros tore up the ground with his horns until he had spent his

Then he tramped off through the woods.

Sharpeyes paused again.

His voice choked, so that he could scarcely speak.

At length he told how he slipped down from the tree and found the old
man dying.

He carried him out to a grassy spot, where the old man died.

Sharpeyes covered his body with leaves and raised a mound of stones
above it.

Then he went back to the tree and searched for the lighted punk.

But there was no punk to be found.

The rhinoceros had trampled it under his feet.

In vain Sharpeyes tried to find a spark.

When at last he knew that the fire was all gone, he decided to go back
to the fire country.

He went as far as the dry, rocky country, where he was chased by a pack
of wolves.

He barely escaped to a neighboring tree, where the wolves kept him
treed for a day.

When the wolves went away, he was nearly starved; he was tired and
discouraged, too.

His clothing was torn, and his weapons were lost; so he dared not cross
the dry country again.

He turned his face toward home once more, though he scarcely hoped to
make the journey.

He had many narrow escapes, but he did not wish to talk about them.

For a few moments there was a deep silence.

Then the Cave-men wept.

They mourned for the old man.

They mourned for the loss of fire.

They had lost all hope.

They were filled with despair.


    _Tell the story that Sharpeyes told to the Cave-men._

    _Draw a picture of Sharpeyes as he was telling the

    _Think of Sharpeyes as he was chased and treed by a
      pack of wolves._

    _Draw a picture of him when the wolves were keeping him
      in the tree._

    _Model the fire country in one end of your sand box and
      the home of the fire clan in the other._

    _Model the places that Sharpeyes and the old man
      traveled across in going to the fire country._

    _Show the places where you think they found trails._

    _Tell how you think the trails were made and what they
      were used for._



    What do we burn in our fires?

    How do we light the different fires that we have?

    What do we burn for light?

    How do we light our lights?

    Find out how your grandfather and grandmother used to
      light their fires.

    Find out what they used for lights and how they took
      care of them.

    Do you know how the Eskimo used to get fire?

[Illustration: _Making fire with a strap drill_]

_Strongarm Makes a Great Discovery_

When the Cave-men had heard Sharpeyes’ story, they went back to their

The fire clan was left alone again.

Strongarm spoke of going to the fire country himself, but it did not
seem best to leave the people just then.

Some of the men had already left the cave, and gone to live as the
Tree-dwellers lived.

Strongarm was trying to keep the rest of them together.

He feared that he would not be able to do it unless he could get fire.

For several days after that, the Cave-men thought that Strongarm seemed

Wherever he went he carried the drill that he used in boring holes.

Sometimes he carried a bundle of sticks under his arm.

Sometimes he worked with all these things in a corner of the cave.

None of the Cave-men knew what he was doing, but they heard him
mumbling to himself.

Once they saw him start up quickly and go away from the cave.

Nobody knew where he went, and nobody knew what he did.

Strongarm was very sad.

His heart was sore for his people, for they were in great distress.

He believed that the fire god dwelt in the wood, and he was trying to
persuade him to come out.

He had noticed that the drill became warm by twirling, when he used it
for boring holes.

So now he made a drill of hard wood and twirled it on a piece of softer

As he twirled the stick he prayed to the fire god.

He asked him to come and help the Cave-men.

When he went away from the cave that day, he went to find tinder.

When he came back that night, he was very happy; for he had a burning
torch in his hand.

[Illustration: _A drill of hard wood_]

[Illustration: _A piece of soft wood used as the hearth of a fire


    _Show how Strongarm acted when he was twirling sticks.
      Draw the picture._

    _Find some sticks that you can use in making fire. Put
      them in a place where they will dry._

    _Look at the pictures on pages 45, 48, and 49. What is
      the difference between a drill for boring holes and a
      fire drill?_

[Illustration: “_As he twirled the stick he prayed to the fire god_”]



    What do you think the Cave-men did when they saw
      Strongarm coming with fire?

    Do you think he told them how he got it?

    Did you ever have a secret? What kind of things do you
      wish to keep secret?

    Can you think why Strongarm might wish to keep his
      discovery a secret?

_How the Cave-men Received Strongarm_

How glad all the Cave-men were when they saw Strongarm coming with fire!

They ran out to meet him and shouted for joy.

Firekeeper lighted a fire, and the women brought branches to make it

The wild animals sniffed it and ran away.

The Cave-men joined hands and danced around the fire.

[Illustration: “_The Cave-men joined hands and danced around the fire_”]

They danced until they could dance no more, and then sat down on the
ground to rest.

They asked where Strongarm found the fire, but he did not tell them

Some of the Cave-men were very selfish.

They cared more for themselves than they did for the clan.

Some of the men had already left.

Others were thinking of going away.

Strongarm wanted to teach them to help one another.

So he told them only part of the truth.

He said nothing about the fire drill, but he told them about his prayer.

He said that the fire god came when he called him.

At this the Cave-men were filled with fear.

They looked upon Strongarm in wonder.

After that they treated him with great respect.

When they needed a chief, he led them.

He was the greatest man of the time.


    _Show how the Cave-men rejoiced when Strongarm came
      with his burning torch. Draw the picture._

    _Show what you think they did when they were told that
      the fire god came at Strongarm’s command._



    Do you know why we have Thanksgiving Day?

    How would the Cave-men show that they were thankful?

_The Thanksgiving Feast_

How thankful the Cave-men were to have fire again!

They wanted the fire god to know it.

They wanted their neighbors to have fire, too.

So they sent a messenger with a firebrand to invite them to a feast.

As the messenger neared the cave where they dwelt, he heard the people

He hurried on with the glad tidings.

When the people saw him, they ran to meet him and lighted firebrands of
their own.

Their sadness was turned to joy.

They told the messenger that their bravest man had been killed that
very day.

He had been carried away by a tiger while standing near the cave.

[Illustration: “_They shouted praises to the fire god_”]

They feared that the tiger would return, and that they all would be

But now that they had fire again, they began to feel more safe.

The messenger told them what Strongarm had done, while they stared with
open mouth and eyes.

When the messenger invited them to the feast, they quickly made ready
to start.

The feast was ready when they reached the cave.

The Cave-men were filled with joy.

They gathered around the fireplace.

Everybody was silent while Strongarm gave some of the choicest meat as
an offering to the fire god.

Then they all began to eat.

They feasted and talked a long time.

They shouted praises to the fire god.

They were thankful to have him with them again.

All the people were happy once more.


    _Play some game where you all join hands and dance
      around in a circle. Draw a picture of it._

    _How many ring games do you know how to play?_

    _Play that you are having a thanksgiving feast._



    Did you ever go out in the woods in the spring to find
      something to eat?

    Have you ever tasted the bark of any trees?

    If there are any spruce trees near you, find out what
      they are good for.

_What the Women Got from the Spruce Trees_

All the snow was now gone from the wooded hills.

The people were glad, for they were tired of the long, cold winter.

They were hungry for fresh green leaves and berries.

One day Firekeeper took a torch and started out over the hills to see
what she could find to eat.

She found winter-greens with red berries half hidden among the dry oak

She ate some and gathered a handful; then she passed on over the hills.

The sap of the spruce trees was beginning to flow and had hardened in
places upon the trunks.

Firekeeper bit off a lump and chewed it until she made it into gum.

Then she bit off other lumps, and even bit into the inner bark.

She liked the taste of the bark, so she peeled off large pieces and ate

Then she gave a shrill call and listened until she heard a call from
the cave.

In a moment she called again.

Again the answer came.

But this time the voices were nearer.

Then Firekeeper knew that the women and children were coming.

Soon she heard their calls again, and again she called to them.

This happened several times, each time the voices sounding nearer.

In this way Firekeeper helped the women to find the way to the spot.

She kept watch until they came in sight.

There were women carrying flaming torches, and others with babies
strapped to their backs.

Children followed close to their mothers’ heels or ran along beside

The cradles were hung on the branches of the trees.

While the women were getting a taste of the bark, Firekeeper was
hunting slender twigs for baskets.

All the women soon joined Firekeeper in the work.

They broke off slender branches from the spruce trees and trimmed them
and laid them in bundles.

Then they dug spruce roots with sharp digging sticks.

[Illustration: “_They broke off slender branches_”]

After eating all the bark that they wished, they played with the
children among the trees.

The mothers strapped bundles on the little girls’ backs, but took the
larger bundles themselves.

They strapped the cradles on top of their loads.

They followed the river path on their way home and stopped when they
came to the drinking-place.

After drinking the fresh cool water, they dug shallow holes near the
edge of the stream.

They dug little troughs from these holes, so that the water of the
river could flow in.

Then they put the spruce branches into these holes and left them there
to soak.

When they reached the cave that night they were tired and hungry, too.

But the men soon came with plenty of meat, and soon they were all
eating and resting around the open fire.


    _Go out to some uncultivated spot and see if you can
      find twigs or branches that can be made into baskets._

    _See if you can peel the bark from the stems._

    _Soak some twigs in water and see how much easier they
      will bend than dry twigs do._

    _See if you can find hardened sap on a spruce tree.
      Make it into gum._

    _Show how Firekeeper and the women called back and



    What have you seen that is made of splints of wood?

    Find branches that can be made into splints.

    See if you can do anything to the wood to make it split
      more easily.

    How many splints do you think the women split the stems
      into at first? How could they make flat splints?

    How could they make splints that were the same width?

_How the Women Made Splints for Baskets_

After the spruce branches had soaked a few days, the women brought them
to the cave.

While the children played with sticks and stones, their mothers made
some splints.

[Illustration: _Making splints for baskets_]

They peeled off the bark with their teeth and nails, and split one end
of the stem.

Then they held one piece with their teeth and pulled the other two
pieces with their hands.

The splints that they made in this way were neither round nor flat.

They had three sharp corners.

Two of these corners were hard and tough, but one was soft and pithy.

So they bit the pithy corner and pulled off a long strand of pith.

This left a thick splint that was nearly flat.

The women found that it was hard work to split the larger stems.

They were about to give it up when Firekeeper found a large stem whose
layers of wood peeled easily.

So they all tried to find such stems.

It was not long before they found that the stems that peeled the most
easily were the ones that the children had pounded.

So they all picked up hammer stones and pounded the large stems.

At first each hammered to suit herself, but soon they learned to strike

It was easier for them all when they worked in the same time.

People who have made splints for baskets since then have worked in the
same time.

Sometimes they keep time by calls and sometimes they use rhymes.

[Illustration: “_At first each hammered to suit herself_”]

Perhaps you have heard a bark-beater’s rhyme, or have a rhyme yourself.

This rhyme is used by children nowadays when they try to beat in the
same time:

  “Sip, sap, say; sip, sap, say;
   Lig in a nettle bed, while Mayday.”


    _Gather tough branches of trees or shrubs that you have
      a right to use._

    _See if you can make them into splints for baskets._

    _Find a way of making brittle wood more tough._

    _Beat the stems with hammer stones so as to loosen the
      layers of wood._

    _Keep track of a tree or a shrub in your neighborhood
      during the year, and find out the best time of the
      year to gather its branches for baskets._



    What do you think would be the easiest way for the
      women to weave the splints into baskets?

    What kind of baskets did they need? Would they be apt
      to make them all in the same way?

    Have you ever seen a basket that will hold water?

    If a basket was almost water-tight, how could you make
      it water-tight?

_How the Women Wove Splints_

When the splints were made, the women began to weave them into baskets.

Some of the splints were wide and some of them were narrow.

Some of them were thin, and some of them were thick.

But the women did not mind this.

At first they wove them by interlacing, as Sharptooth had woven the
basket of rushes.

[Illustration: “_They wove the splints in open work_”]

But since the strands were not all the same width, the weaving did not
look the same.

After a while they began to sort the splints.

They put the wide splints into one pile and the narrow ones into

Then they wove the wide splints in open work and made baskets for
carrying roots and leaves.

They wanted smaller baskets for carrying berries, so they used the
narrow splints.

They wove these splints in close work so that the berries would not
drop out.

[Illustration: “_They wove these splints in close work_”]

Some of the women wanted still closer weaving, so they pressed the
splints down with their fingers.

When their fingers became sore from pressing hard, they used a long

By driving the splints with a long bone, the weaving was made firm and

Some of the baskets they made in this way were found to be water-tight.

So they sometimes used them for carrying water.

[Illustration: “_By driving the splints with a long bone, the weaving
was made firm and strong_”]

When the baskets became very dry, the wood shrank and this made little
holes in the baskets.

But the women soon learned to stop the leak by mending the baskets with


    _Find baskets that are woven in open work._

    _Find baskets that are woven in close work._

    _See if you can find a water-tight basket._

    _Draw a picture of the women weaving baskets._

    _Weave a basket or a mat in close work._

    _Use a stick and drive the woof strands close together._

[Illustration: _In this strong basket the woof strands are driven close



    Look at all the uncolored baskets that you have a
      chance to see and select the basket that you think is
      the best. Why do you think it is the best? What is it
      used for? How is it woven?

    Look at the baskets that are made of two or more colors
      and select the one that you think is best. Why do you
      think it is best? How do you think the colors were
      made? Can you tell how the pattern is woven in this

    Can you think of any colors that the Cave-men could use
      in their weaving before they learned to color reeds
      and splints?

    Can you think how they might have found a way to
      stain their baskets? Do you ever get stains in your
      clothing? What stains will wash out most easily? What
      stains do not come out easily? Which ones would you
      like to use to stain a basket? Do we have anything in
      our houses that we stain on purpose? What do we use
      to stain with?

    Have you ever seen colored earth? Can you think what it
      is used for? Why do you think the Cave-men liked to
      find colored earth?

    Where do you put water to boil it? Why did the Cave-men
      learn to roast food before they learned to boil it?

    Did you ever see anybody make dyes? Do you think people
      could make dyes before they learned to boil water?

    Can you think of ways in which the Cave-men might have
      changed the color of grasses, splints, and reeds
      before they learned how to boil water and to make
      such dyes as we use to-day? Why do you think they
      would wish to color them?

_How the Women Colored Their Baskets_

The women took a great deal of pains in weaving baskets.

They wove the ends in carefully so they would not pull out.

They bound the rims on neatly, so as to make the baskets strong.

But for a long time they did not try to ornament their baskets.

They wove their baskets so carefully that they were beautiful without

At first they wove each woof strand under and over each strand of the

Then they began to weave each woof strand over one and under two.

[Illustration: “At first they wove each woof strand under and over each
strand of the warp”]

This made such a pretty pattern that they tried other ways of weaving.

They soon learned to use strands of different sizes, and after a while
they learned how to color them.

But they could not make such dyes as we have until they learned to boil

Sometimes they found bright-colored leaves and feathers and wove them
with the splints and reeds.

Sometimes they stained the finished basket with the juices of fruits
and berries.

[Illustration: “_Then they began to weave each woof strand over one and
under two_”]

Sometimes they painted patterns on it with paint that they made of
colored earth.

Then they learned to dye the splints and reeds in a very simple way.

They soaked them in water before they used them, so as to make them

They found that willow stems that were soaked in water were colored
light brown by the bark of the stem.

Splints buried in the leaf-mold of the brooks and marshes were colored
a dark brown.

When charcoal was mixed with the rich leaf-mold the splints were
colored black.

[Illustration: “_They tried other ways of weaving_”]

Green grass became white when soaked in water, and yellow if soaked for
a longer time.

The women used these and other ways of getting pretty colors.

Then they worked the colors into pretty patterns, many of which we use


    _Weave uncolored splints or reeds so as to make
      different patterns._

    _Find a fruit that will make a durable stain, and stain
      some splints for a basket, or make a pattern by
      staining an uncolored basket._

    _See if you can find how to take fruit stains out of

    _If you can find colored earth, see if you can make
      some paint to use in ornamenting your baskets._

    _Try different ways of changing the color of grasses,
      splints, and reeds, by soaking them in water or
      burying them in different kinds of soil._

[Illustration: “_They worked the colors into pretty patterns, many of
which we use to-day_”]



    How do you carry the things that you bring to school?

    How is the food that you eat brought to you?

    How is your clothing carried to you?

    Do you know how the material that your house is made of
      was brought to the spot?

    How does the farmer carry oats to his horses? How does
      he carry milk to the calves? How does he carry hay
      from the field to the barn? How does he carry hay
      from the mow to the manger?

    What things do you carry in your hands? What do you
      carry in baskets? What do you carry in trays? What
      other things do you use in carrying?

    How do you think the Cave-men would carry an animal
      that they had killed to the cave? Do you think they
      would try to bring the whole carcass home?

    What things would they carry in baskets? Why did they
      need handles for their baskets? Think of as many
      ways as you can that the Cave-men might have carried

_How the Cave-men Carried Their Burdens_

The Cave-men used the baskets they made for carrying roots and berries.

[Illustration: “_They learned to carry baskets on their heads_”]

It was easier to carry them in baskets than to carry them in their

But it took one hand to hold the basket, and they often needed to have
both hands free.

[Illustration: “_They learned to make handles for their baskets_”]

So they learned to carry baskets on their heads and shoulders.

When the Cave-men jumped in time of danger, they were apt to lose their

[Illustration: “_They made little pads to protect their foreheads_”]

So they learned to make handles for their baskets and to carry them
with strong straps.

When they rested the strap upon the forehead, it was a head strap.

When the basket was heavy, the head strap pressed hard against the
forehead and cut through the skin.

So they made little pads to protect their foreheads.

[Illustration: “_They rested the strap upon the forehead_”]

At first these pads were bunches of grass or pieces of soft skin.

But the women soon braided carrying straps that had pads for the

Sometimes they let the strap rest on the shoulders.

Then it was a shoulder strap.

When they let it rest upon the breast, it was a breast strap.

All the Cave-men learned to use straps so, and many people still carry
things in that way.


    _Play carrying something on the head. The one who can
      carry the longest without dropping his burden wins
      the game._

    _Look at the handles of all the baskets you can find
      and see if you can tell how they are used. Can you
      think of any better way of carrying these baskets?_

    _Make a handle for a basket._

    _Make a carrying strap and show how to use it for a
      head strap. Show how to use it for a shoulder strap
      and a breast strap._

    _Draw a picture of a woman carrying a basket._

    _Model in clay a Cave-man who is carrying a wild pig on
      his back._



    Why would the Cave-men not be so likely to attack a
      mammoth as a cave-bear?

    Why would they want to kill a mammoth?

    Do you think the mammoth would be afraid of the
      Cave-men’s weapons? What was the mammoth afraid of?

_A Mammoth Hunt_

One day Strongarm saw a herd of mammoths grazing near the edge of a

He had often wished to capture a mammoth, but had never had such a
chance before.

He blew his bone whistle.

All who heard it called to others farther away.

Soon all the men from the wooded hills came running to the spot.

They wanted to attack the mammoths, but Strongarm would not let them.

[Illustration: _A bone whistle_]

He knew that their weapons were not strong enough, so he showed them
what to do.

Then they all hunted for good sticks to make into torches.

When the torches were made, the Cave-men formed a line from one edge of
the cliff to the other.

They crept up through the low bushes until they were only a few steps
from the herd.

The mammoths did not see the men until Strongarm gave the signal to

Then they started to run.

But the Cave-men chased them, waving their torches in the air.

The Cave-men pressed close after the mammoths until they came to the
edge of the cliff.

They filled the air with their loud cries.

When the mammoths saw the trap they were in, they turned and faced the

One mammoth was crowded over the edge of the cliff.

[Illustration: _A mammoth hunt_]

When the Cave-men saw the mammoth fall, they broke the line and let the
herd escape.

Then they hurried down by a well-known path to the spot where the
mammoth lay.

He had been killed by the fall.

The Cave-men seldom got such a large creature as the mammoth.

Everybody was glad, so Strongarm sent messengers to all the caves to
call the women and children to a feast.


    _Show how the Cave-men hunted the mammoth._

    _Model a mammoth in clay._

    _When you go to a museum, inquire if there is a
      skeleton of a mammoth there._



    How do you think the mammoth will be divided?

    How will the meat that is left after the feast be

    Do you know what kind of a coat the mammoth has?

    How long do you think its tusks are?

    Can you think how we have learned about this animal
      that lived such a long time ago?

_How the Cave-men Divided the Mammoth_

When the women heard what the men had done, they danced and shouted
their praises.

Then they all prepared for the feast.

You know how the Cave-men acted at a feast.

They all ate as much as they could.

Then the older men and women began to tell stories.

All gathered around to hear the stories, and then they joined in a
hunting dance.

They feasted and danced for several days.

Even then there was plenty of meat.

There were trophies, too, for the bravest men.

All the Cave-men admired the mammoth’s tusks, and they tried to loosen
them with their hammers.

The tusks belonged to Strongarm, but others shared in the meat and the

When the feast was over, Firekeeper divided the meat.

The women loaded it upon their backs, or dragged it on the ground.

They carried the tusks with strong straps which hung down from their

The women and children carried the burdens while the men protected them
on the way.

All the Cave-men divided their work in this way.

They all knew they were safest when the men were ready to fight.

If the men had carried the burdens, all the people might have been

[Illustration: “_The women and children carried the burdens_]

[Illustration: _while the men Protected them on the way_”]


    _Show how the women and children danced and shouted the
      praises of the Cave-men. Draw a picture of them._

    _Name animals that have tusks. What do they use their
      tusks for?_

    _Show how the long line of Cave-men looked when they
      were traveling on their way home. Draw a picture of



    Do you think Strongarm will ever tell any one how he
      got fire?

    Why do you think people used to be so careful of the

    Do you know of any people who make fire by twirling

    Do you think that you can make fire by using a fire

    Can you think of a name for the wood that is ground up
      as the spindle of the fire drill is twirled?

    Do you ever gather kindling to start a fire? Have you
      ever seen or heard of tinder?

_Strongarm Tells Firekeeper His Secret_

Several years had passed by since Strongarm made fire.

The Cave-men had never prospered so before.

Strongarm was their wisest man, and they all obeyed him in time of

Cave-men came from far and near to see him and to hear what he said.

He had kept his secret all these years, but now he knew that it was
time to tell it.

He knew that he was growing old, and that some one else must share the

So one day he called Firekeeper to a fallen tree that had lain near the
cave for many years.

[Illustration: “_It was here that he showed Firekeeper how to make

Its wood had become very dry, and parts of it were beginning to decay.

It was by this log that he told his secret.

It was here that he showed Firekeeper how to make fire.

He took a dry stick for a spindle and twirled it on the dry log.

As he twirled he prayed to the fire god.

He worked until he got fire.

Then he let Firekeeper twirl the sticks until she got a spark.

The first time she tried it, she could not get fire.

So Strongarm showed her how to make a groove in the log where the wood
meal could collect.

Soon the wood meal began to glow, and she gently fanned it with her

She placed dry tinder close beside it and fanned it into a blaze.

Then Strongarm told her to teach her daughters how to make fire.

He and Firekeeper were growing old, but he knew their clan would always
need fire.

Firekeeper remembered what Strongarm said, and she taught her daughters
to make fire.

A few years after all the clans on the hills had some one who knew how
to make fire.

In some clans a woman did this work.

In others young girls did it.

In some clans this work was done by men.

Everywhere people had some one to make and take care of the fire.

[Illustration: _A drill for boring holes can be made into a fire


    _Show how Strongarm taught Firekeeper to make fire._

    _Examine the sticks that you selected some time ago for
      a fire drill._

    _If you choose a hard piece for a spindle, your drill
      will work better if you choose soft wood for the

    _Round the ends of the spindle and make a shallow hole
      with a groove beside it in the hearth._

    _Make a shallow hole in a flat piece of wood to hold
      the upper end of the spindle._

    _After you learn to work the drill with your hands, try
      a strap._

    _When you can use the strap easily, try a bow._

    _If you keep on trying you will be able to get fire
      with your fire drill._

[Illustration: _The spindle of a fire drill_]

[Illustration: _The hearth of a fire drill_]



    Have you ever read stories not written in books?

    Can you think how large pieces of rock get broken off
      from the cliffs?

    Can you think how they become smooth and rounded?

    How do you think that the pebbles you find along the
      stream got there?

    See if you can track a pebble up the valley of the
      stream in which you found it.

    What does the river take with it as it journeys toward
      the sea?

    What part of its load drops first?

_How People Know What the Cave-men Did_

Perhaps you have wondered if these stories are true.

Let us see if we can find out how we got them.

You know that the Cave-men lived long ago.

You know that they could not read or write.

You know that they did not write any stories.

But they told their children the brave deeds of their people.

They told them of combats with wild beasts.

They told them stories about their gods.

Their children told these stories again.

These stories were told a great many times.

Sometimes parts of the stories were left out and other parts put in.

Only part of the Cave-men’s story is left, and it tells only a few
things that the Cave-men did.

But there are other ways of learning about them.

We have learned something from the weapons that have been found.

Perhaps you have done something like this yourself.

Perhaps you have found an Indian arrow.

Perhaps you can read what it tells of the Indians.

That will help you to learn more about the Cave-men.

You remember the time that the caves were flooded and the tools and
weapons washed away.

They were dropped on the flooded plains and buried in the sands and

There have been many floods since then, and each time the river has
dropped part of its load.

[Illustration: _A spearhead_]

So the weapons have been buried very deep.

Sometimes people have dug deep down into the earth, and sometimes they
have found the Cave-men’s weapons.

There are pictures of some of them in this book.

Can you see that they tell what the Cave-men did?

Bones, too, have helped to tell something of the Cave-men.

A great many bones have been found in the caves.

Most of the marrow bones were split.

Animals do not know how to split bones, so we know that they must have
been split by men.

These bones have been taken to great museums, where wise men have
studied them carefully.

The wise men have learned to read their story.

The bones tell that the Cave-men ate animal food.

They tell what animals lived at that time.

They tell that people were living then, too.

Perhaps you have seen fossil plants in rocks.

Some of them tell what plants were living then.

Many people have studied all these things.

They have tried to read all the stories they tell.

We have tried to learn what they have found and to write it in a story
for you.

Can you understand now how these stories are true?



The best results will come from the use of this book if the teacher
will give as careful attention to carrying out the suggestions under
“Things to Think About” and “Things to Do” as she does to the study
of the book itself. In this way she can help the child make vital
relations between the study of nature on the one hand, and man and his
works on the other.

_References_: Teachers and parents who wish to read books written by
specialists who have devoted years to the study of the period under
consideration, will find the following list of value:

_1. Books._

Clodd, Edward, _The Story of Primitive Man_. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

Dawkins, W. Boyd, _Early Man in Britain_. New York: The Macmillan

Dawkins, W. Boyd, _Cave-Hunting_. New York: The Macmillan Company.

Evans, Sir John, _Ancient Stone Implements in Great Britain and
Ireland_. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

Figuier, Guillaume Louis, _Primitive Man_. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

Geikie, Archibald, _Prehistoric Europe_. London: Edward Stanford.

Girod et Massénat, _Les Stations L’Age du Renne_. Paris: Librairie
J.-B. Ballière et Fils. (This deals with the later cave-men.)

Gummere, Francis Barton, _Germanic Origins_. New York: Charles
Scribner’s Sons.

Hutchinson, H. N., _Prehistoric Man and Beast_. New York: D. Appleton &

Hutchinson, H. N., _Extinct Monsters_. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

Joly, Nicholas, _Man Before Metals_. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

Lartet and Christy, _Reliquiæ Aquitanicæ_. London: Williams & Norgate.

Lubbock, Sir John, _Prehistoric Times_. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

Mason, Otis Tufton, _Origins of Invention_. New York: Charles
Scribner’s Sons.

Nadaillac, Marquis de, _Prehistoric Peoples_, pp. 79-112, 127-132. New
York: Putnam’s Sons.

Smith, Worthington G., _Man, the Primeval Savage_. London: Edward

Starr, Frederick, _Some First Steps in Human Progress_. Springfield,
Ohio: Chautauqua Press, 1901.

Stoddard, James, _The Seven Sagas of Prehistoric Man_. London: Chatto &

Taylor, Isaac, _Origin of the Aryans_. New York: Charles Scribner’s

Tylor, E. B., _Anthropology_. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

Waterloo, Stanley, _The Story of Ab_. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co.

Wilson, Sir Daniel, _Prehistoric Man_. New York: The Macmillan Company.

Wright, G. F., _Man and the Glacial Period_. New York: D. Appleton &

Worsæ, J. J. A., _Industrial Arts of Denmark_. London: Chapman & Hall.

_2. Magazine Articles._

Barton, Julien, and Sheppard, W. L., “Eighty Miles in Indiana Caves,”
_Scribner’s Magazine_, Vol. XIX., pp. 875-888.

Broca, Paul, “The Troglodytes or Cave-Dwellers of France,” _Popular
Science Monthly_, Vol. II., pp. 699-708.

Larrabee, W. H., “Cave-Dwellings of Men,” _Popular Science Monthly_,
Vol. XLI., pp. 27-45.

Oswald, Felix L., “Modern Troglodytes,” _Popular Science Monthly_, Vol.
XII., pp. 37-46.

Rau, Charles, “The Stone Age in Europe,” _Harper’s Magazine_, Vol. L.,
pp. 681-690.

_3. Government Reports._

Broca, Paul, “The Troglodytes or Cave-Dwellers of the Valley of the
Vézère,” _Smithsonian Report_, 1872, pp. 310-347.

“Man as the Contemporary of the Mammoth and the Reindeer in Middle
Europe,” translated by C. A. Alexander, for the Smithsonian
Institution, from “Aus der Natur: die neuesten Entdeckungen auf dem
Gebiete der Naturwissenschaften,” Leipzig, 1867, _Smithsonian Report_,
1867, pp. 335-362.

Wilson, Thomas, “Anthropology at the Paris Exposition in 1889,”
_Smithsonian Report_, 1890, pp. 641-680.

_Classifications._ In reading the above books for the purpose of
supplementing the first three numbers of this series, it must be
remembered that no uniform system of classification has been adopted
and that the reader must become familiar with several in order to
be able to use the reference books most advantageously. To help the
reader in getting a working idea of the different classifications the
following summaries may be of value:

The progress of mankind is classified by Professor W. Boyd Dawkins into
the following periods:

    I. The Pleistocene period.
        1. The mid-Pleistocene period.
        2. The late Pleistocene period.

    II. The Prehistoric period.

    III. The Historic period.

Others classify the period with reference to the materials used in
making implements and weapons and give us the following:

    I. The Stone Age.
        1. The Paleolithic or Rough Stone Age.
        2. The Neolithic or Polished Stone Age.

    II. The Age of Metals.
        1. The Age of Copper.
        2. The Age of Bronze.
        3. The Age of Iron.

Still others classify with reference to the dominant industry of the
period, giving:

    I. The House Industries, or the Period of Domestic Economy.
        1. The Hunting Stage.
        2. The Fishing Stage.
        3. The Pastoral Stage.
        4. The Agricultural Stage, etc.

    II. The Handicrafts, or the Period of Town Economy.

    III. The Factory System, or the Period of National Economy.

The Pleistocene period is the one that is treated in the first three
volumes of this series. It is the period that is frequently designated
as the Paleolithic or Rough Stone Age in contrast to the Neolithic or
Polished Stone Age which belongs to what Professor Dawkins calls the
Prehistoric Period.

Professor Dawkins divides that part of the Pleistocene period during
which man inhabited the earth as the mid-Pleistocene and the late
Pleistocene periods. Monsieur Du Pont, dividing it with respect to
the form of animal life most characteristic, gives us the Age of the
Mammoth and the Age of the Reindeer. M. de Mortillet, classifying it
with reference to the localities which have yielded most materials for
study, has made current the terms the _Chellian_, the _Mousterian_,
the _Solutian_, and the _Madelenian_ epochs. The following table may
serve to indicate in a general way how these various classifications
are related. The reader who would like to pursue the question of
classification further will find good summaries in the _Smithsonian
Report of the U. S. National Museum_, 1888, p. 604; in the _Smithsonian
Report of the U. S. National Museum_, 1890, p. 649; in Morgan’s
_Ancient Society_, pp. 3-29, and in Dawkins’ _British Pleistocene

 The Tree-dwellers.  | The Early Cave-men.   | The Later Cave-men.
 The Age of Fear.    | The Age of Combat.    | The Age of the Chase.
 The Age of the Mammoth.                     | The Age of the Reindeer.
 Period of Extinct Animals.                  | Period of Migrated
                                             |   Animals.
 Dawn of the Rough   | The Paleolithic or Rough Stone Age.
   Stone Age.        |
 Eolithic Epoch.     | Chellian Epoch.       | Mousterian Epoch.
                     |                       | Solutian Epoch.
                     |                       | Madelenian Epoch.
 Mid-Pleistocene Period.                     | Late Pleistocene Period.
                      The Pleistocene Period.
 Climate mild and    | Climate becomes much  | Arctic climate. Cold
   equable.          |   colder. Great       |   and dry.
                     |   extremes of heat    |
                     |   and cold.           |

  _Animals that have since become extinct._   |The same as in the
                                              |  preceding period
  The Irish deer, the big-nosed rhinoceros,   |  with the exception
    the mammoth, the straight-tusked elephant,|  of the big-nosed
    the cave-bear, and the sabre-toothed      |  rhinoceros and the
    _felis_ were survivals of an earlier      |  sabre-toothed _felis_,
    period and were accustomed to a warm      |  which were extinct.
    climate.                                  |  All of the animals
                                              |  named became extinct at
  The small-nosed rhinoceros came from the    |  the close of this
    south and the woolly rhinoceros came      |  period.
    down from the north during this period.   |
  At the close of this period the big-nosed   |
    rhinoceros and the sabre-toothed _felis_  |
    becameextinct.                            |
  _Animals that have since migrated._         |General invasion of
                                              |  Arctic animals.
  The musk-sheep and the marmot came down     |
    from the north during this period, stayed |At the close of the
    through the next period and then migrated |  period they migrated
    to the Arctic regions.                    |  to the north.
  _Living species._                           |The same except that
                                              |  those animals that
  In addition to those that migrated there    |  could not stand
    were the lion, panther or leopard, lynx,  |  the intense cold,
    wild-cat, spotted hyena, hippopotamus,    |  migrated south
    brown bear, grizzly bear, wolf, fox, stag,|  each winter.
    roe, urus (the original form of the wild  |
    cattle), aurochs or European bison, horse,|Arctic fauna
    wild boar, beaver, and water rat. Many of |  characteristic of this
    these animals  migrated south in the      |  period.
    winter and returned each spring.          |

_Field Trips._ In localities where the natural materials needed for
the child’s work are near at hand it will be best to gather them
immediately before they are to be used. In regions less favorably
situated it will undoubtedly be best to plan the work so as to make a
few trips serve the purpose. Perhaps the trips most needed to make the
lessons of this book yield their full value are the following:

1. To a stream of water to notice:

    (_a_) The wearing and building power of the stream.

    (_b_) The location and the strength of the current.

    (_c_) The best places for fords and for bridges.

    (_d_) The tributary streams and springs.

    (_e_) The location of ravines in relation to the river.

    (_f_) Caves or places where caves may have been or may
      yet be formed.

    (_g_) The nature of the soil and its adaptation to the
      formation of caves.

    (_h_) The parts of the neighboring land that would be
      flooded first if the river overflowed its banks.

    (_i_) The place in the river where a natural dam might
      be formed.

    (_j_) The place where an artificial dam might be built.

    (_k_) Sites that would make good camping-places for

    (_l_) Places where the best stones for weapons can be

2. To uncultivated spots on hillsides, in the woods or meadows to find:

    (_a_) Tough sticks and branches that are so shaped that
      they can be fastened firmly to stone implements.

    (_b_) Tough and flexible branches for making baskets.

    (_c_) Tough grasses for making mats, baskets, and

    (_d_) Birch bark for making baskets, picture frames,

    (_e_) Natural gum and pitch.

    (_f_) Wood that is suitable for making a fire drill.

    (_g_) Tinder and punk for making fire.

    (_h_) A bed of gravel where good stones can be found.

    (_i_) Animals and plants that may be of interest to the

Field lessons should be supplemented by informal trips by different
members of the class. A view from the window of a high building may
serve to give the child the relative location of the different parts
of a river valley. Such a view is of special value after a trip, for it
gives a unified view of the whole.

In places where access to natural materials is exceedingly difficult,
it is well to secure the advantages that come from a system of
exchange. The American Bureau of Geography offers opportunities for
securing all kinds of raw materials as well as specimens showing “the
changes incident to their conversion into finished products.” Teachers
who wish to avail themselves of the privileges of this bureau can
secure a circular containing full information regarding it by sending
a letter with an enclosed stamp to the director of the bureau, Winona,


_Lesson I._ The inexperienced child may think of a cave as a dark,
damp place, fit only for the habitation of wild animals. The cave as a
habitation for man is a new idea and cannot be understood unless it is
related to the natural and social conditions which prevailed during the
earliest stages of culture. The child who has read _The Tree-Dwellers_
knows that before people learned to use fire, the caves were inhabited
by the cave-bear, the cave-lion, the sabre-toothed _felis_, and by
packs of spotted hyenas. He is prepared to understand why people
were glad to live in caves. To help the child who has not had such
a preparation understand this fact, ask him to think of a time when
people had no shelter except the trees, no clothing except the skins of
wild animals, no food except wild roots, fruits, and nuts, and no fire.
After he has considered man’s life under such conditions, tell him of
the conquest of fire, and of the changes effected in social life by
its use. Help him to see that fire was man’s best means of protection
at that time, for it was greatly feared by wild animals. By means of a
free conversation about the points that the child may have difficulty
in understanding, he will get a conception of man’s life before he
lived in caves, and this is the best basis for understanding why
people wanted a cave for a home.

If the child is not familiar with wooded hills, grassy plains, and
dense forests, make use of field trips, of views from windows in high
buildings, and of pictures to get a conception of them, and provide an
opportunity for him to express his idea by modeling in sand. (See _The
Tree-Dwellers_, pp. 18-27.)

Encourage the child to invent ways of getting a cave from a wild
animal, but hold him responsible for the use of only such means as the
cave-men had. The child who would use a gun, or even a bow and arrow,
must learn that these devices were not yet invented, and that man
had to use his mind to devise some way of conquering the wild beasts
without the aid of such weapons.

_References_: Katharine E. Dopp, _The Place of Industries in Elementary
Education_, pp. 16-25. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1903.
_The Tree-Dwellers_, pp. 89-101, 149, 150. Chicago: Rand, McNally &
Co., 1903.

_Lesson II._ Although the main point of interest in this lesson is the
way the fire clan takes possession of the cave, this social interest
may be used as a means of learning various facts regarding the changes
that take place in the natural world during late autumn. When such
phenomena are seen as forces affecting the activities of man and of
animals, they become interesting to the child. But if isolated from all
social interests, if learned at all, they are carried as a dead weight.
Encourage the child to act out the simple movements depicted in the
story. At first this may be done during hours of play, but as teacher
and children become accustomed to it, it should become a regular
feature of the school work.

_Lesson III._ Knowing that Sabre-tooth is waiting for a chance to get
into the cave, the child can understand why the first evening at the
cave will be spent in planning ways of getting rid of him.

Perhaps the child may not realize at first why the cave-men were so
careful to keep the fire burning, but if the use that they made of fire
is emphasized, gradually he will appreciate something of what its loss
might mean to the cave-men.

_Lesson IV._ Use this lesson to help the child get the meaning of
the contrast between the crude implements that the cave-men used in
securing food and in protecting themselves from their enemies, and
the devices that we use for a similar purpose. In spite of the great
contrasts that will be discovered, the child will find points of
likeness between the implements of the cave-men, rude counterparts of
which he can fashion for himself, and those that are still in use.
Focus his attention upon the needs of the people that called forth the
mechanical inventions of the period, and the use to which they were put
in making the earth a safer place in which to live. By so doing, the
killing of wild beasts, which, when considered as an end in itself,
arrests the development of the finer feelings by fixing attention upon
suffering without any purpose, becomes transformed into an act of great
social significance; for we must not forget that the cave-men, by
exterminating the most dangerous of the wild beasts, made the earth a
more fit dwelling place for all succeeding ages. If the child, at this
early period, can learn that the hunting peoples killed only enough
to supply themselves with food and skins for clothing, and that even
beasts of prey rarely kill more than they need for food, they will be
in a position to treat many problems in a more rational way than they
are usually treated.

The modeling of Sabre-tooth in clay is suggested for the sake of
cultivating the habit of observing the beauty of form and movement in
animals, and turning the interest that may have been generated by the
lesson into artistic channels.

_Lesson V._ No doubt the flesh of the sabre-toothed _felis_ was not an
attractive food, but in early times nearly everything was tested for
food and used unless it was found to be injurious. Even though the
cave-men had plenty of food, they no doubt would enjoy feasting upon
the flesh of their enemy. Perhaps they believed that through eating
Sabre-tooth’s flesh they might acquire something of his strength and

The first cooking was undoubtedly the result of an accident. The
invention was made only when man consciously controlled the process.
At first, no doubt, animals were roasted in their skins, but as people
began to prize skins for trophies, for clothing, and for thongs, they
formed the habit of removing the skin. The fear that Sabre-tooth
inspired would insure the removal of his skin for a trophy. The same is
true of the sabre teeth.

Strongarm’s leadership illustrates the natural leadership of the most
fit in time of danger. At other times, without doubt, there was no
recognized leader.

_References_: Katharine E. Dopp, _The Place of Industries in Elementary
Education_, pp. 22-27. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. _The
Tree-Dwellers_, pp. 115, 119-121, 156, 157. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co.

_Lesson VI._ The manners of the cave-men at the feast may be understood
when it is remembered that the food supply of hunting peoples is
irregular. Their lack of forethought is such that there is either
a feast or a famine. Besides, their digestive systems were so well
developed that it was possible for them to eat enormous quantities
without harm. The habit of eating together developed slowly and
probably depended largely upon the degree to which coöperative action
was used in hunting. Except upon extraordinary occasions we may
conclude that only those ate together who worked together in securing

Encourage the child to make a collection of as many things as he can
find that he can use for or make into dishes.

If the child is allowed to crack the marrow bones of a chicken or
turkey and make soup of them, he will understand the liking of the
cave-men for marrow bones. The conversion of bones into musical
instruments played by striking, or into bone whistles, may also furnish
a delightful occupation which may yield results of no mean value.

_Lesson VII._ Let the children dig cooking-pits and caves of various
sorts in the ground and experiment with them to discover where
the smoke goes and why, and the effect of the form of the cave or
cooking-pit upon the draft. The invention of a means of carrying
off the smoke, and the attempt to regulate the draft in these crude
contrivances, will lead to an interest in the fireplaces and chimneys
in the child’s own house. Make use of this interest in such a way as to
lead the child to observe the materials used and forms adopted in the
construction of modern fireplaces and chimneys, and encourage him to
seek reasons for the same.

Show the child a picture of the interior of a cave that has stalagmites
and stalactites, and illustrate their formation by dissolving rock salt
or lime in water and letting it drip until a deposit is made.

_Lesson VIII._ If the cave-men wanted to keep such trophies as teeth
and claws of animals, it is evident that they would have to bore holes
through them. To pierce bright and shining natural forms, fossil
shells, etc., for beads, was an easy matter. To bore holes through
such hard objects as the teeth and claws of wild animals taxed the
cave-man’s ingenuity. The different devices for drilling represented
in this lesson doubtless required ages for their development. It has
seemed best, however, to represent them together, since they are all
sufficiently simple for the child to understand. The advantage of the
use of the strap or the bow in turning the drill will be appreciated
by the child after trying to twirl it by the use of the hands alone.
To get the best results from this work it should be carried on by the
child for several days. He will probably enjoy doing such work outside
of school hours. Horizontal drilling upon the thigh, and vertical
drilling with or without the strap or the bow, may be carried on
in actual boring or as mere games. Such exercises serve to give an
insight into related industrial processes of the present, and to
establish physical coördinations which can be turned to account in
a variety of ways. Let the child try to bore a hole through a hard
substance by using a soft spindle with sand and water. Such a device
works better than the flint point without the sand. Although much of
the experimentation with awls and drills may be made outside of school
hours, the results of these experiments should be discussed during the
recitation period. In this way the interest that the child takes in
play is transferred to his school work.

_References_: J. D. McGuire, “A Study of Primitive Methods of
Drilling,” _Smithsonian Report_, 1894, pp. 623-756. 201 figs.

Katharine E. Dopp, _The Place of Industries in Elementary Education_,
pp. 27, 133. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

_Lesson IX._ Encourage the child to make a collection of the natural
objects in his vicinity that can be used for tools or weapons, and
encourage him to make such changes in the natural forms he has
collected as he thinks would make them better fitted for the use to
which he wishes to put them. Help him arrange them in some part of the
schoolroom where they can be referred to easily from time to time. If
the child can visit a museum where primitive implements and weapons are
exhibited, it will be easier for him to understand the function that
such crude implements have fulfilled in the life of the race. Where a
museum is not available, the text, together with its illustrations,
will supply sufficient data for the child to get an appreciation of
the social significance of such implements. But in no case should the
observation of the implement or the story about its use be made to take
the place of actually making it.

The child will soon learn where to look for the best stones for
implements and weapons, and how to choose forms that the river has
worn into shapes that require but little work to fit them for use. It
is worth while for the child to chip off a few flakes from the stones
he selects, for the sake of the practical acquaintance that he gets
with the properties of stones.

The name of the stone is a secondary matter, but if the teacher knows
the names or can learn them from some person in the community, she
can readily make the child familiar with the names of the more common
varieties of stones.

In selecting suitable sticks for handles, the child will soon learn
that he can save work by choosing a straight branch, and that it is
worth while to cut it so as to have a forked end, or a shoulder to
which he can bind the weapon. The need of a strong, tough handle
furnishes a motive for studying the properties of wood. In rejecting
the soft and brittle varieties, the child becomes acquainted with these
as well as with the kinds that serve his purpose.

The selection of suitable material for binding the working part to
the handle is a matter of considerable difficulty. No doubt the child
who uses cord will find it impossible to bind the parts together as
firmly as he desires. If after trying different materials no one thinks
of the use of a material that will shrink, tell the children of the
use of rawhide, and get enough from the meat market to illustrate its
use. As the child tries different ways of winding the lashing, he will
undoubtedly discover that the most effective binding is secured when
the straps are wound symmetrically.

_References_: Otis Tufton Mason, _Origins of Invention, Stone-Working_,
pp. 121-154. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Katharine E. Dopp, _The Place of Industries in Elementary Education_,
pp. 20-29, 64, 65, 82, 93, 134-138. Chicago: The University of Chicago

_Lesson XI._ This lesson illustrates the fact that skins of animals
which originally were worn as trophies for the sake of social approval,
developed into clothing which was worn partly for comfort.

Let the child make bone awls of the wing bones of chickens, and sinew
thread from the sinews attached to the leg bones. Encourage him to sew
with these materials. Different ways of lacing the shoes will suggest
typical stitches. Others may be found in museums, but the stitches
which are a result of the child’s ingenuity will be of most value
to him. Later when he discovers that the stitches that he invented
were invented ages ago and have been used ever since, he will feel a
relationship with people removed from him in time and space. Making
sandals or bags for himself or his friends, dressing dolls to play with
or to give away, and many other similar activities will also serve to
enlarge his interests.

_References_: Katharine E. Dopp, _The Place of Industries in Elementary
Education_, pp. 22, 25, 115, 116. _The Tree-Dwellers_, pp. 122-124,
157. Frederick Starr, _American Indians_, pp. 14-21. Boston: D. C.
Heath & Co. “Dress and Adornment,” _Popular Science Monthly_, Vol.
XXXIX., pp. 488-502; also pp. 787-801. Otis Tufton Mason, _Origins of
Invention_, pp. 41, 42, 43, 241. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

_Lesson XII._ Perhaps we shall never know with certainty what stage the
early cave-men had attained in the development of the family. For the
purposes of this book however, it has seemed legitimate to supply the
deficiency from what is known of the laws of social development. Enough
will be accomplished in this subject if the child gets the idea that
the family has not always been what it is to-day, and that the need of
coöperation in hunting, in guarding the fire, and in protecting the
clan from the raids of wild beasts, compelled people who would prosper
to associate in this way.

_References_: Morgan, _Ancient Society_, pp. 383-508.

Katharine E. Dopp, _The Tree-Dwellers_, pp. 28-30, 99-101, 150, 156.

_Lesson XIII._ Since the winter life of the cave-men is depicted much
more fully in the following number of the series, it has seemed best
to pass it briefly at this time. If the child is encouraged to tell
stories of what he thinks happened during the winter, enough will be
accomplished in this subject. By writing the story as the child tells
it, and allowing him to make corrections in it as it is read to him, he
is able to produce a much better story than when he is obliged to write
it. As he gets control of his hands, however, he may be asked to write
short stories.

_Lesson XIV._ Undoubtedly the child who lives near birch trees is
acquainted with them, for the birch is a tree that offers many
attractions to the child. This lesson should extend and enrich these
experiences by relating them to the serious activities of people in
early stages of culture.

Where the child has the opportunity to see birch trees, but is denied
the privilege of removing the bark, help him to see why it is necessary
to take that privilege from him and, if possible, provide him with
birch bark that can be purchased from dealers in such materials.

Even though birch trees are plentiful enough to permit the removal of
the bark by the child, he should be taught to do it carefully and to
take only what he needs to use. The same habit should be cultivated
with reference to plants of all kinds. In this way the exercise of
blind instinct, which in our present environment results in destructive
habits, may be so directed as to form a social habit of wise economy in
the use of natural resources.

A visit to a museum will suggest many uses for birch bark. Where such
a visit is impracticable, well-selected pictures may serve the same

Instead of furnishing the child with a pattern of a basket, let him
make one, first, by the use of paper and, later, with the birch bark.
Encourage him to make such corrections as need to be made in the
pattern before cutting the bark.

Where birch trees do not grow, it will be best to substitute for the
study of the birch a study of some other tree whose bark or branches
yield materials for basketry. In prairie regions a study of native
grasses may precede this lesson, which may be read and appreciated
to some extent, though not in the way it will be where the child is
familiar with the birch tree.

_References_: Longfellow, _Hiawatha_. Lowell, _The Birch Tree_.
Katharine E. Dopp, _The Place of Industries in Elementary Education_,
pp. 64-67, 121-127. _The Tree-Dwellers_, Basketry, pp. 138-139. (See
articles in encyclopedias and natural histories on the birch.)

_Lesson XV._ If you have never seen a river in the time of a flood,
prepare for this lesson by talking with some one who has, by studying
rivers and floods, and pictures of the same, and by making use of
experiences that may be gained everywhere during and after a heavy
rain. Model the upper part of a river valley, showing the river with
its tributary streams and ravines. Show the high rocky banks where the
river is narrow and the low banks where the stream is wider. Determine
at what place in the river a dam would be apt to be formed during the
melting of the snow in the springtime, and what parts of the valley
would be flooded first. Then get a clear idea of the way that the
flood that is referred to in this lesson took place by modeling an
underground channel that connects with the river on the one hand and
with the outer world on the other. Such an underground channel, when
dry, is a cave of the type that is referred to in this book. Nearly all
of the bone caves in England where the remains of the cave-men have
been found are of this type. The ravines that are found in limestone
regions are regarded by Mr. Boyd Dawkins, who has made a special study
of the subject, as caves that have lost their roofs, and the valleys as
ravines whose sides have become worn by the process of weathering.

By the use of concrete methods you can help the child to understand
these facts very well. He can understand, too, that “the dark
narrow passage” referred to in the lesson was a narrow part of the
underground channel that led to the river, and that when the water in
the river rose to the level of this passage, water would begin to pour
into the cave. (See Field Lessons, p. 165.)

_Lesson XVI._ This lesson shows the cave-man’s need of fire, and the
need of coöperative effort in withstanding the devastation produced by
the flood.

_Lesson XVII._ The council undoubtedly originated in a common need
and was devoted to devising ways of meeting that need. In the council
portrayed in this lesson, the old man, because of his experience and
wisdom, gains the ear of the people, and for the time is their leader.
In the time of combat with a wild beast, however, Strongarm leads.

Treat the subject of this lesson in such a way as to enable the child
to sympathize with the cave-men in their distress, and, in a dramatic
way, to unite with them in overcoming their difficulties. In playing
the council, let the children decide who shall take the most important
parts, and let each test his fitness for taking the part by showing
what he can do. Perhaps the best results will come from this if the
children hold the council during hours of play.

Most children who are old enough to go to school know something of
volcanic fires and fires that are caused by lightning. They know the
use of oil in lamps and from this can be led to consider natural oil
wells. The old man has heard of the fire country, and it is natural
that he should look to that country for the much needed fire. This use
of what Nature provides before learning to invent artificial processes
is typical of man’s method of advance.

_Lesson XVIII._ Give the child an appreciation of the difficulties to
be met on the journey to the fire country. Use the map to determine the
relative location of the fire clan’s cave and the fire country, and let
the child show what difficulties he thinks the men will meet with and
where they will meet with them by modeling the place mentioned in the
sand box. When the main features are thus mapped out, let the children
indicate the easiest route, the location of trails, the mountain
passes, and the places where the most dangerous wild animals would be
apt to be. Point out the mountains that prevent the moisture of the
wooded hills from passing over to the dry, rocky country.

When the difficulties of the way are well in mind the children may
hold a council to decide what to do to help the men get ready for the
journey. After deciding what is needed let them make the articles and
dramatize such parts of the life at the cave as they may choose to do.
(See map, the frontispiece.)

_Lesson XIX._ The reference to Sharptooth and Bodo made in this lesson
will be understood by the child who has read _The Tree-Dwellers_. The
explanations given under _Lesson I._ will be sufficient for the child
who has not read the book.

It is probable that the sequence of utensils for carrying water differs
with the locality. It is likely that the cave-men made use of the
cleansed stomachs of large animals they had slain for carrying water
before they invented the skin water bag. It was not thought necessary
to include that at this time, for the purpose is not so much to develop
a complete sequence as it is to present a vivid picture of the way
people made use of the natural resources at hand in supplying their
needs. The child will derive much pleasure and profit from a careful
study of the natural forms in his environment which he can use for
carrying water.

_References_: Katharine E. Dopp, _The Place of Industries in Elementary
Education_, pp. 123-124. _The Tree-Dwellers_, pp. 43-46, 89-101. Otis
Tufton Mason, _Origins of Invention_, p. 157. _Smithsonian Report_,
1894, p. 429.

_Lesson XX._ As long as the cave-men had fire they had no need of a
door to the cave. Never having seen doors, it is not strange that the
idea of making one did not come until it was forced upon them. When the
cave was not protected by a fire or by a wicker-work door, man had
constantly to dispute his possession with the wild beasts.

_Lesson XXI._ Although this lesson affords the opportunity to review
the subject of natural fires, the main interest centers in the
dramatic action. The contrast between the appearance of Sharpeyes
now and when he set out on the journey will serve to emphasize the
difficulties encountered. There is an opportunity here for a pantomimic
representation of the return of Sharpeyes.

_Lessons XXII. and XXIII._ These lessons serve to satisfy the child
regarding the details of the journey which they have been forecasting
for several days. (See _Lesson XVIII._, p. 87.)

If the child does not know what punk is, tell him that it is decayed
wood which, when lighted, holds fire for a long time without making
a blaze. For that reason it was much valued as a means of preserving
fire, and for tinder. Help the child to find punk in natural woods or
along the shores of a lake or stream.

_Lesson XXV._ If the cave-men had not succeeded in getting fire,
their social organization in the form of a clan would have broken up.
Strongarm, realizing this and the immense advantage of living in clans,
exerted himself to the utmost to get fire—the only means that he knew
of for maintaining community life. The fact that he withheld part
of the knowledge of the way he secured it is typical of the methods
adopted by leaders from time immemorial of gaining ascendency over the
masses. It is not the purpose at this time to condemn or to justify the
act. That it resulted in securing peace and order within the clan is
the point to be emphasized.

It is not known whether the cave-men invented the method of making fire
by drilling before that of striking iron pyrites with flint. It is
probable that both methods were invented at about the same time, the
former in connection with the use of drills for boring, and the latter
in connection with the manufacture of stone implements.

Since the sticks for making an effective fire drill should be chosen
with care and dried thoroughly, the child should select them at this
time, although he may not use them until he studies _Lesson XXXIV._

_Lesson XXVI._ The thanksgiving of the cave-men may well be used to
give new meaning to our own thanksgiving festivals. The practice of
giving food to the fire arose from the belief that it was alive. This
belief and the worship of the fire is readily understood when it is
remembered that fire was man’s greatest blessing at this time.

_Lesson XXVII._ If there are spruce trees in the vicinity, carry out
the suggestions given in this lesson. If not, select some other tree or
shrub that has tough flexible branches and make use of that instead.
Encourage the child to make a basket of branches whose bark has not
been removed, and then to peel enough twigs for a basket, using his
teeth, finger nails, or other natural tools in doing the work. Be sure
that he notices the difference in flexibility between dry twigs and
those that have been soaked in water.

_Lesson XXVIII._ Let the child make such splints as he can without the
aid of tools, or with such tools as he invents without suggestions from
any person. Notice the rhythmical devices that are used by children
when engaged in any kind of work.

_Lesson XXIX._ If the child has made splints and has already tried
to weave them into baskets, he will readily see that the women got
a variety in their weaving through the use of splints of different
width. He may find it to his advantage to sort his splints, putting
those of the same width together. The relation of the different styles
of weaving to the need which caused them to be invented should be
emphasized. Economy of time and material led primitive people to use
the open style of interlacing for baskets intended for carrying coarse
materials. The close work was better adapted for baskets used in
carrying berries. The impacted work was used for baskets for carrying
or for holding water. The child should be encouraged to use such a mode
of weaving as is best adapted to the use to which he wishes to put the
basket. The making of a water-tight basket involves more skill than the
child has attained. He can understand, however, how such a basket was
made, and the importance of the invention.

_Lesson XXX._ There are enough suggestions in this lesson to occupy the
child for several days. Encourage him to experiment in natural methods
of dyeing straw, grasses, reeds, and splints, by burying them in mud
or in mud mixed with charcoal, by soaking them and exposing them to
the warm sunshine, or by covering them in leaf mold. Let him test the
natural materials in his environment that will yield color and invent
ways of extracting it. If red chalk, ochre, hematite, or other mineral
matter that may be used as a paint is found in its native state in the
vicinity, let the child procure a small quantity and grind it to a fine
powder. When mixed with water or with a fatty substance, it is ready to
be used. The child may use it in decorating basketry, pottery, or some
article that he may wish to have in his playhouse. If the child can see
the paintings of primitive people, or illustrations of the same, it
will serve to stimulate him to express his own ideas.

_References_: _Report of the Bureau of Ethnology_, 1884-5, pp. 216-217.
Alice Morse Earle, _Child Life in Colonial Days_, p. 398. New York: The
Macmillan Company. Otis Tufton Mason, _Origins of Invention_, pp. 226,
255. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

_Lesson XXXI._ Most of the primitive methods of carrying have survived
to the present day and may be seen if one will take the trouble to look
for them. The cave-men carried the smaller animals that they killed on
their backs. The larger ones were too heavy to be carried in this way,
and so the custom arose of dividing the carcass. The most desirable
portions were cut out and carried home, while the remainder was left
for the wolves and hyenas. Encourage the child to make a carrying
strap that he can use in carrying his books or other objects.

_References_: Otis Tufton Mason, _Origins of Invention_, pp. 325-48.
“Primitive Travel and Transportation,” _Smithsonian Report_, 1894, pp.

_Lesson XXXII._ Until man had gained a mastery of the more dangerous
animals, it is not likely that he hunted the mammoth. The cave-man
must have longed, however, to capture one of these powerful beasts,
and it is very probable that he would be quick to take advantage of a
situation that offered him the opportunity for so doing. This lesson
portrays such a situation.

The use of the bone whistle referred to is typical of the first use
of musical instruments. The origin of the bone whistle was doubtless
associated with the habit of sucking bones. Let the child experiment
with whistles so as to discover ways of producing tones of different

_Lesson XXXIII._ The capture of such a large animal as the mammoth was
the occasion for calling all of the people who were represented in the
capture of it to the spot for a feast. The tusks at this time were
prized as trophies; later they were used in the manufacture of tools
and weapons. The examination of a mammoth’s skeleton will convince one
that the tusks were not removed without many hard blows. An idea of
the size of the head may be gained from the fact that a single tooth
weighed seventeen pounds. This fact will mean little to the child until
he tries to lift an object of nearly that weight.

The skin of the mammoth was so heavy that ten men could carry it
with difficulty. It was a dark gray color, covered with three coats.
The inner coat was a soft reddish wool about five inches long, which
protected it from the cold. The second coat was a close-set, tolerably
fine, fawn-colored hair. The third or outermost coat was long, black,
bristle-like hair which protected it from sharp branches of trees
and from heavy blows. This long coarse hair gave the mammoth a more
formidable aspect than he otherwise would have had.

_References_: Katharine E. Dopp, _The Tree-Dwellers_, pp. 143-144.
Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co.

_Lesson XXXIV._ While the child is studying the habits of the cave-men
in respect to the use of fire, train him to be careful in the use of it.

After making a fire drill the child may try to make fire with it, but
he should not be discouraged if he fails at first. The process is a
difficult one and it requires great care. An old fire drill works best
because the wood becomes charred and it is easier to keep a charred
drill dry. In working any drill, care must be taken to keep up a
steady and rapid motion with a downward pressure. The wood meal which
is ground from the hearth by the drill must be allowed to collect in
a little heap near which dry tinder is placed. It must be protected
from strong drafts, but it may be fanned gently with the hand. As the
spindle becomes warm from twirling, the wood meal becomes warm, then it
begins to smoke, and at last it is fanned into a flame.

The illustration on page 183 is a reproduction from a photograph taken
in 1899 of two third-grade boys of the State Normal School, Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, who are using a fire drill. The class succeeded in getting
fire with this drill which was made by one of the boys.

_References_: Walter Hough, “Fire-Making Apparatus in the U. S.
National Museum,” _Smithsonian Report_, 1888, pp. 531-587. “The Methods
of Fire-Making,” _Smithsonian Report_, 1890, pp. 395-409. Otis Tufton
Mason, _Origins of Invention_, pp. 84-120. Scribner.

_Lesson XXXV._ Since the invention of the printing-press and the
dissemination of printed matter, there has been a tendency to
overrate the importance of the printed page, and to ignore other more
fundamental sources of knowledge. The purpose of this lesson is partly
to call attention to other ways of learning than by means of books, and
partly to tell the child frankly what the sources are which have been
drawn upon for the stories that are written in this book. To be sure he
will not comprehend all that is meant by it, but the difference between
what he can understand and what the adult understands is not so great
as is often imagined. If fossil plants and animals are available, show
them to the child and tell him what you know or can find out about
them. If the child leaves the book with many unsettled problems, his
condition is much more hopeful than if he thinks he has mastered the
entire book.

[Illustration: _How two boys made fire with a fire drill_]

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Transcriber’s Note: Obvious punctuation errors repaired. In the
suggestions for teachers, there is no section for Lesson X. Both
_The Tree Dwellers_ and _The Later Cave-Men_ are availble on Project

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