A like field may be found in the fastening which hods the snowshoe to the foot. It consists of a band over the toes, just below the instep, and another around the ankle or back of the heel. These bands pass around the heavy thong at the rear of the large opening through the shoe, and through spaces left in the web for this purpose. The object of the harness is to allow the heel of the foot to rise and fall freely and the toe to play up and down through the large opening, while the ball of the foot is held stationary as regards the heavy thong on which it rests. The toe should, of course, miss the cross-bar. A tie may be made with one long thong but I prefer to have a toe and a heel strap, independently adjustable. What with thongs, straps and webbing, buckles and knots, the different sorts of harness are legion. The ideal sort--should it ultimately be evolved--will combine simplicity, durability, perfect adjustment, ease of repairs in the field, the cardinal virtue of unstretchableness, and it will not chafe the foot nor impede the circulation. The best I ever had I made from the heaviest part of hide of belt lace leather. The strips were cut two inches wide, thoroughly soaked and then hung for several days with a hundred pound weight on each. They were sewed where necessary with waxed twine, (rivets do not hold well in wet rawhide) and fitted with light buckles. This harness carried me with little trouble and few repairs over many miles of the roughest sort of going in the mountains--on wet snow and dry and in all sorts of temperatures. Next time, maybe something entirely different will do as well--and maybe it won't.