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By Dan Beard

The usual form of the unarmed fighting kite is that of the ordinary Bow Kite.  It should be made about two and one-half feet high. Base of bow, fourteen inches below top of spine or center-stick, and twenty-seven inches broad.  Cover the frame with paper cambric.  Make the tail of string, with stripes of colored paper inserted in loops an inch or so apart. A paper tassel at the end will give it a finished look.  Ten feet is about the proper length of tail for a kite of this size.

In fighting with this unarmed soldier the object is to capture your opponent's kite by entangling its tail in your own string.  To do this you must make your kite dart under the twine of your enemy.  As soon as it darts let out string rapidly enough to keep your fighter under control, and at the same time allow it to fall to the rear of the other kite.  Having accomplished this, drop your ball of string and pull in hand over hand, as fast as possible.

If your enemy is not very spry and well up in these tactics, this maneuver will hopelessly entangle his kite-tail on your string.  Then, although the battle is half won, a great deal depends upon your superior quickness, skill, and also upon the strength of your twine which may break, or your victim may escape with the loss of part of its tail. 

If, however, you are successful in capturing your prisoner you can write on your kite the date of the victory, and the name of the vanquished warrior.  The captive must, in all cases, be returned to its proper owner after the latter has signed his name to the record of his defeat written upon your kite.  Thus is the successful hero soon covered with the records of his victories, while the unsuccessful fighter carries a bare blank face.

See Also:

Armed War Kites

American Boy's Handy Book

 

 

 

   

 

 


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