NINE MEN’S MORRIS is an ancient English game, and ought not to be laid aside; so we resuscitate it for the benefit of young England.
This game will be best described by a short dialogue.
Harry.—I am going to put a question in a whisper to Tom, who is seated on my right hand, to which he will reply in the same tone.
This exciting game may be played by an unlimited number, and is particularly adapted for a large party.
One player takes an oblong piece of paper, and having divided it into three equal parts by folding, he sketches a comic head, either with pen or pencil, in the upper space;
The players form sides, and decide who shall be masters and who men. The principal aim of the men is to keep working as long as possible, and to prevent the masters taking their places.
One player leaves the room, and while he is absent the rest fix upon some proverb. The words are then distributed among them, and each player, in reply to a question asked by the guesser, has to introduce his particular word.
To play this amusing game, which is of German origin, it is necessary to be furnished with five cards, on which are painted the figures of a white horse, an inn, a bell, a hammer, and a bell and hammer;
The players sit round in a circle, each taking a colour. Thus one is red-cap, another black-cap, and so on. One of them, who takes the place of master, and has no colour, taking up a cap says:
The party being seated in a circle, the player who has been chosen to commence the game takes a knotted handkerchief, and throws it suddenly into another’s lap, calling out at the same time either “Earth!” “Water!” “Air!” or “Fire!”
The game of Hand is of great antiquity, and is common to almost every nation, whether savage or civilized.
Birds, Beasts, and Fishes.—“Now, Tom,” said Harry, “get your slate and pencil, and I’ll show you such a jolly game.
In this game, one of the players is sent out of the room, while the others hide a handkerchief or any small article that can be easily secreted.
Every player, except one who holds the office of reader, selects a trade or profession, which he must retain throughout the game.
One player with his eyes bandaged lays his head on a chair, or in another player’s lap, while the others strike him on his back with their open hands.
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 just above the ancles with another;
Consists in one person having a handkerchief bound over his eyes, so as to completely blind him, and thus blindfolded trying to chase the other players, either by the sound of their footsteps,
One of the players is sent out of the room, while the others fix upon a subject, which may be anything to which the three questions, “How do you like it?” “Where do you like it?” and “When do you like it?” will apply.