Make a Compass of Your Watch





Besides keeping you company with its friendly nearness, its ticking and

its ready answers to your questions regarding the time, a watch in the

woods and fields has another use, for it can be used as a compass. It

will show just where the south is, then by turning your back on the

south you face the north, and on your right is the east and on your left

the west. These are the rules:



With your watch in a horizontal position point the hour-hand to the sun,

and if before noon, half-way between the hour hand and 12 is due south.

If it is afternoon calculate the opposite way. For instance, if at 8 A.

M. you point the hour-hand to the sun, 10 will point to the south, for

that is half-way between 8 and 12. If at 2 P. M. you point the hour-hand

to the sun, look back to 12, and half the distance will be at 1,

therefore 1 points to the south.



An easy way to get the direction of the sun without looking directly at

it is by means of the shadow of a straight, slender stick or grass stem

thrown on the horizontal face of your watch. Hold the stick upright with

the lower end touching the watch at the _point_ of the hour-hand, then

turn the watch until the shadow of the stick falls along the hour-hand.

This will point the hand undeviatingly toward the sun.





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