By Dan Beard
How to Take Off a Sweater
In my boating days it was always a cause of considerable amusement when a new
member of the rowing club would attempt to take off a jersey or sweater. He
would almost always seize the bottom hem and then find himself at a loss what
to do next. Or, reaching with both hands over his shoulders, he would begin to
claw desperately at his back.
Athletes are a kind-hearted lot of fellows, and
one of the veterans was always on hand to show the novice how to take off the
garment properly. Supposing it was a short-sleeved jersey, like the one shown
in Fig. 249, that was to be removed, the veteran would get it off with two
movements of his arms. First he crossed his arms, reaching as far back as he could and grasping the sweater firmly at each side, as in Fig.
is then only necessary to quickly bring the arms up over the head, and at the
same time bring the hands apart, and the sweater, jersey, or undershirt is
turned wrong side out and is off in a jiffy.
To make this plain to the reader I have shown the two movements in a series
of six figures. Fig. 251 shows arms still crossed with shirt removed up to the shoulders; Fig. 252, the arms
uncrossed, but hands yet together and face uncovered; Fig. 253 shows the arms
raised, hands wide apart, and the body entirely uncovered; Fig. 254, shirt off
ready to put in locker.
Tying a Knot for Keeps
How to Tie Your Shoe So That It Won't Come Untied
Then there was the fellow whose shoe was always untied until one of the older
members would show him how to make a bow knot that won't come untied.
This is the way it is done: Tie an ordinary bow knot, as in Fig. 255; keep it
loose, as is shown in the diagram, by placing one forefinger in the loop (A B,
Fig. 256). Then bring the bow (C) up and over, as shown by the dotted line, and
thrust the bow (C) through the loop (A B, Fig. 256), and you will have a bow in
the form of Fig. 257. Pull the bows (C and D) until the knot is tight, and it
will not again come undone. But it may be loosened at any time by a smart pull
on either of the free ends of the strings (E or F).
Thus you see that gumption is common-sense and the knowing how, and that all
our best athletes in school and college are boys with gumption. It takes
gumption to build a tunnel under the East River; gumption to ride, sail, row,
fish, skate, swim, and to be a real, first-class American boy.
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