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Handicrafts 231 For door, use either a curtain or a screen a couple of feet away. Now dig a hole in the ground, 3 or 4 feet deep and about 2 feet square. Set the sentry box squarely and firmly over this. Have at hand a box of slacked lime with a trowel, and the affair 1s complete. Every time it is used, a little lime should be thrown in. The earth should be tightly banked up outside the house. The floor should be light-tight, using tar-paper when necessary. It is quite essential that the floor, the lid, and the pit be light-tight when the lid is down. This toilet house has been found to be ideal—absolutely sanitary, natural, fly-proof, odorless, and costing almost nothing. When no lime is at hand, ashes can be used, or even dry earth. When the pit is nearly full, move the house, level it off with earth, then dig another pit, and set the house over that. If a larger house is needed, make it on the same lines, but 8 feet long and with 3 floor holes. Making Council Fire The Council Fire is a very different thing from the cook- ing-fire or the so-called bonfire. And there are just as many ways of making it wrong. These are the essentials: It must be easily started. It must give a steady, bright light. It must have as little heat as possible, for it is mostly used in the summer. Therefore, it must be small. It is best built as in (c), about two and one-half feet high ; the bottom stick about three feet long; the rest shorter and smaller. _ The small wood and chips to light it can be put either under or on top of the second layer. It should be drawn in toward the top, so as to burn with- out falling apart. It must contain a large proportion of dry, winter-seasoned wood, if it is to blaze brightly. The readiest seasoned wood is usually old lumber. | For an all-evening Council Fire, at least three times as much should be in stock as on the fire when started. Here are some wrong methods: