A Scout's Book of Signs, Signals and Symbols

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-08-15
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Boy Scouts cofounder and avid outdoorsman "Uncle Dan" Beard researched the secret languages of trappers, hobos, steamer pilots, and Native American tribes to compile this comprehensive resource of pictographs and other encoded communication symbols. First published nearly a century ago, this practical reference provides Scouts and other lovers of the outdoors with an ever-useful guide to following trails and interpreting their surroundings.
Uncle Dan leads readers from basic directional signs to danger signals of land and sea, chalk and map signs of animals, symbols of the elements, celestial characters, and marks of the seasons and of time. He explains common gesture language, signal codes, flag signaling, animal tracking, and a host of other well-illustrated signs, signals, and symbols. This timeless manual provides valuable insights that will enrich the adventures of hunters, campers, backpackers, Scouts, and other wilderness enthusiasts.

Author Biography

Known as "Uncle Dan" to his friends, Daniel Carter Beard (1850–1941) was a famed author, illustrator, and social champion. Inspired by the rugged traditions of the American frontier, Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905. Five years later, he merged the organization with the newly formed Boy Scouts of America.

Table of Contents

Chapter I Signs of Direction
Chapter II Wilderness Signs of Direction
Chapter III Chalk-Signs for Comman and Information
Chapter IV Danger Signs
Chapter V Danger Nautical
Chapter VI Trail Signs for Danger, Caution, Calamity and Cries in the Wilderness for Help
Chapter VII Signs of Good Luck
Chapter VIII Word Signs
Chapter IX Map Signs of People
Chapter X Chalk- and Map-Signs of Animals
Chapter XI Signs of Inanimate or Motionless Things
Chapter XII Signs of the Elements
Chapter XIII Celestial Signs
Chapter XIV Signs of Color
Chapter XV Signs of the Seasons and Signs of Time
Chapter XVI Secret Writing--The Caballa
Chapter XVII Numerals of the Magic
Chapter XVIII Gesture Signals
Chapter XIX Common Gesture Language
Chapter XX Hand Alphabets, Deaf and Dumb Alphabets
Chapter XXI Signal Codes
Chapter XXII Bell, Rope and Whistle Railway Signals
Chapter XXIII Railroad, Hand-Flag, Lantern Railway Signals
Chapter XXIV Steamer Toot Talk
Chapter XXV Weather Signs
Chapter XXVI Weather Signs
Chapter XXVII Flags--the Red, White and Blue
Chapter XXVIII Following the Changes in the Flag
Chapter XXIX Liberty Poles
Chapter XXX Signs Shown by Trails, Tracks, Traces and Spoor of Animals

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