2. It is not the object so much
to skate fast, as to skate gracefully; and this is sooner and more easily
learned by skating with deliberation; while it prevents overheating, and
diminishes the chances of taking cold by cooling off too soon afterward.
3. If the wind is blowing, a
veil should be worn over the face, at least of ladies and children: otherwise
fatal inflammation of the lungs, "pneumonia," may take place.
4. Do not sit down to rest a
single half minute; nor stand still, if there is any wind; nor stop a moment
after the skates are taken off; but walk about, so as to restore the circulation
about the feet and toes, and to prevent being chilled.
5. It is safer to walk home than
to ride; the latter is almost certain to give a cold.
6. It would be a safe rule for
no child or lady to be on skates longer than an hour at a time.
7. The grace, exercise, and
healthfulness of skating on the ice can be had, without any of its dangers, by
the use of skates with rollers attached, on common floors; better, if covered
"Hall's Journal of Health",