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A SAFETY-FIRST BELT - click to enlarge



Here is a Kink that I thought out several years ago. Now I cannot do without it. Get a piece of heavy duck or canvas (about twelve or fifteen ounce weight) nine inches in width and ten inches longer than your waist measure. Fold and sew into a tube using heavy linen thread. Machine stitching is preferable. Leave five inches at either end unstitched and slit the opposite edge at the fold so that you have two five- inch flaps at each end.

Now turn the tube inside out and get six small buckles and the same number of small leather billets. Tuck one flap at each end of the tube in and bring over the other flap. Mark where it comes and rivet three of the buckles at each end of the tube to meet it. Then fasten three of the billets on each of the overlapping laps so as to fit the buckles. Fasten a good belt buckle on one end of the main tube and a six or eight inch length of belt to fit it on the other end. It is worthwhile to give the canvas a good coat of shellac or varnish, as it i. then not so likely to be penetrated or torn by sharp sticks and hooks. If varnish is used, let it dry thoroughly and then dust the inside of the tube with powdered soap stone.

Go to a bicycle repair shop and get a piece of discarded inner tube the length of your belt. Have this thoroughly repaired and a valve and stem put on. Make sure that both ends are firmly sealed sud test the tube by inflation under water. Lay the inner tube on your belt and mark where the valve stem will come. Cut a round hole in the top of the case and reinforce it with a small patch of leather. Now insert the inner tube into the casing and being the valve stem through the hole provided for it. Partially inflate the inner tube, making sure that it is not twisted or pinched at any point. Then tuck in the loose flap at either end of the casing. Bring the other flaps over and buckle them down. Finish inflating the tube and your safety-first belt is ready to wear. With this belt around your waist you need have no fear of slipping into deep holes while wading. Or if you are a poor swimmer and go boating with that cursed fool that rocks the boat you will have no appointment with the undertaker. I use one of these belts on all of my trouting trips. When I come to a pool that is too deep to wade I just float down the middle, casting right and left. Incidentally I have taken some of my best fish this way.

Rolled into a coil this belt makes an excellent cushion or a dream of a pillow for your weary head at night. Deflated, it slips into a small pocket and weighs less than two pounds. The materials for mine cost me less than a dollar and I did the work myself. It is necessary, of course; to carry a small brass bicycle pump with this belt and s couple of rubber patches and some cement in your repair kit.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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