Games and Songs of American Children Volume 3

Games and Songs of American Children Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... The old English game of "Questions and Commands" seems to have been the same. A writer in the Gen-tlemen's Magazine, February, 1738, gives its formula: "King I am," says one boy; another answers, "I am your man." Then his majesty demands what service will he do him; to which the obscquious courtier replies, "The best, and worst, and all I can." No. 54. Follow Your Leader. In this game, the leader having been chosen by "speaking first," or "counting out," the rest must do whatever he does. It is usually played out-of-doors, and the children " follow their leader" in a row, across roads, fences, and ditches, jumping from heights, and creeping under barriers. We are told that the game is played in a peculiarly reckless fashion in the South, where the leader will sometimes go under a horse's legs or between the wheels of a wagon, whereupon the driver, knowing what to expect, will stop for the rest. No doubt this sport, now a mere exhibition of daring, has an ancient origin and history. Perhaps it was a development of the king game, already referred to. The technical word for challenge among children in America is "stump." One boy "stumps" another to do a thing. Whenee derived? No.55. Truth. The game of "Truth," as played in Massachusetts, is described by Miss _ Aleott in her "Little Womei1," chapter xii. The players are there said to pile up their hands, choose a number, and draw out in turn, and the per son who draws his or her hand from the pile at the number selected has to answer truly any questions put by the rest. We have heard of a party of young people who met regularly to play this game, but...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236969847
  • 9781236969842