Wear low-heeled, high-laced shoes of stout leather and easy fit. Make

them water-proof by giving the leather a good coat of hot, melted mutton

tallow, completely covering the shoes and working the tallow into all

crevices. Be sure to do this, as it is worse than useless to depend upon

rubber overshoes when trailing; sharp stones cut, and roots, twigs, and

underbrush tear the rubber, with the result that the overshoes soon fill

with water and your feet swim in little lakes. Test your shoes well

before taking them to camp, be perfectly satisfied that they are

comfortable and well-fitting, wear them steadily for one week or more.

It is very unwise to risk new shoes on the trail, and it is of the

utmost importance that the feet be kept in good condition. Be kind to

your feet.