General Scouting Outdoors 215 passing experience into a final tragedy. Only keep cool and all will be well. If there is snow on the ground, you can follow your back track. j If you see no landmark, look for the smoke of the fire, j Shout from time to time, and wait; for though you have j' been away for hours it is quite possible you are within ,' earshot of your friends. If you happen to have a gun, fire ] it off twice in quick succession on your high lookout then wait and listen. Do this several times and wait plenty long enough, perhaps an hour. If this brings no help, send up a distress signal — that is, make two smoke fires by smothering two bright fires with green leaves and rotten wood, and keep them at least fifty feet apart, or the wind will confuse them. Two shots or two smokes are usually understood to mean "I am in trouble." Those in camp on seeing this should send up one smoke, which means " Camp is here." In a word, "keep cool, make yourself comfortable, leave "1 a record of your travels, and help your friends to find you." ^i INDIAN TWEEZERS Oftentimes, a camper may need a pair of tweezers or forceps to pull out a thorn or catch some fine end. If he happens to be without the real thing, he can supply the place with those of Indian style — these are simply a small pair of clam-shells, with edges clean and hinge im- broken. The old-time Indians had occasionally a straggly beard. They had no razor, but they managed to do without one. As a part of their toilet for special oc- casion they pulled out each hair by means of the clam- shell nippers.
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