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By Dan Beard

Kites for Swimming.

As the writer grows older he becomes more and more modest in his claims for originality. For it has often happened that his brightest and most treasured original ideas are found upon investigation to be claimed also by someone who lived long ago.

A kite for swimming is one of those ideas, and the writer really thought it a brand new one. But, alas! he has discovered that that rare old American, Ben Franklin, has a prior claim which, since Ben lived first, the author cannot dispute. But Ben only floated on his back and allowed the kite to tow him, and you can at least improve upon Mr. Franklin's idea by using a plank for a float, which will allow you to see where you are going, and a double belly-banded kite that you can guide in the direction you wish to go. 

All who have tried this sport pronounce it delightful, and it will be preferred by many to kite-sailing. Of course the kite-swimmer must be careful not to hitch his kite to his float, or if he does to guard both float and kite, for his steed will run away upon the first opportunity and never stop running until the wind fails or some obstruction is met.

There are only a few days in which all these kite sports can be enjoyed in some of the inland parts of the country, but in other sections there is seldom a day the year 'round that there is not wind enough and to spare.

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