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��up any play and insert two heavy cotter or taper pins — either will answer very well. This is clearly shown in the sectional draw- ing of the steering wheel and detailed at A. The steering motion is carried from the shaft to the sled through a cable of either bronze or other metal — a flexible woven or stranded wire cable of 34 in. diameter will an- swer the purpose very well. A length of the cable is passed through the hole in the lower part of the shaft and a knot tied in either side so as to prevent the cable from slipping through the hole. Make five turns of the cable around the shaft below the hole, from left to right and take five turns from right to left above the hole. Fasten the two ends to the rings on the rear of the sled, being sure to draw the wire tight before fastening.

The sled should be covered or floored from end to end with some light weight ma- terial, the planks being nailed crosswise. Each plank length, or the width of the flooring on the sled, should be about 20 in. Nail on cross foot- rests or cleats as desired.

The brake box is supposed to be filled with some heavy stuff so that its own weight willsufhce when only a slight drag or braking is wanted. Fix up a hook and chain so that the brake handle can be held down when not in use. A strong pull on the handle will stop the sled.

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