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.
This game, although only two persons are engaged in it at a time, furnishes much amusement, from the contradictory nature of its words and actions.
In this game one of the players enters the room, armed with a poker, with which he taps on the floor.
This old-fashioned pastime is so generally known that it is scarcely necessary to describe it;
The leader of the game commences it by asking each of his companions in turn, “What is my thought like?”
A noisier game than this could scarcely be desired by the most boisterous of our young friends.
FOX AND GEESE GAME. Fifteen ordinary draughtsmen compose the flock of geese. The fox may either be two draughtsmen placed one upon another, or any small object which may be at hand.
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.