Two boys having seated themselves on the floor, are trussed by their playmates ; that is to say, each boy has his wrists tied together with a handkerchief, and his legs secured lust above the ankles with another ; his arms are then passed over his knees, and a broomstick is pushed over one arm, under both knees, and out again over the other arm.
The “trussed fowls” are now carried into the centre of room and placed opposite each other, with their toes just touching.
The fun now begins; as each fowl endeavours, with the aid of his toes, to turn his antagonist over on his back or side, and the one who can succeed in doing this wins the game.
It frequently happens that both players turn over together, to the great amusement of the spectators.
On board ship these comical encounters frequently take place between the boys, who are trussed by their elder shipmates.
Excerpt from the book:
EVERY BOY’S BOOK: A COMPLETE ENCYCLOPÆDIA OF SPORTS AND AMUSEMENTS.
EDITED BY EDMUND ROUTLEDGE.
With more than Six Hundred Illustrations
FROM ORIGINAL DESIGNS.
LONDON: GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS,
THE BROADWAY, LUDGATE.
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