In this game four or five stones or marks must be placed on the ground, as in the annexed figure, A, B, C, D, E, about twelve or fifteen yards asunder; these marks are called bases, and one of them, as A, is styled “home.”
The Apple Mill is made by boring a hole in a nut, just large enough to pass a thin skewer through; the kernel should then be extracted, and another hole bored in the side of the nut, as A in the annexed figure.
This is a brisk game, and may be played by any number of boys. One of the players being chosen as Touch, it is his business to run about in all directions after the other players, till he can touch one, who immediately becomes Touch in his turn.
6 to 60 players or more.
Indoors; out of doors.
This game, which takes its title from the names assumed by the players, is played by seven boys, each of whom calls himself after one of the days of the week.
Make a mark on the ground at a place called the “starting point.” At ten yards’ distance from this make another, called the “spring.”
AUNT SALLY is an amusing game of a very simple character, consisting essentially in throwing at a small object.
Two bases having been made, one at each end of the playground, all the players take up their position in one of them,
10 to 100 players.
Parlor; schoolroom; out of doors.
Dig near a wall nine holes, of about six inches in diameter, and three deep. Let each player have one of these, according to his number, which must be determined by lot.
Various games are in vogue among boys, in which hopping on one foot is the principal object.
Throwing Sticks - This very popular game among the Greeks was by them called Kyndalismos.
This is perhaps the very best game that can be introduced into a school. The principle of it is very simple, that one boy represents the Hare and runs away, while the others represent the Hounds and pursue him.
10 to 60 players.
Playground; gymnasium; parlor.
This game is played with a trap and ball, which is struck with a bat or bludgeon at the pleasure of the players; but the latter is most commonly used.
This is a game played by hopping on one foot and kicking an oyster-shell or piece of tile from one compartment to the other, without halting the lifted foot, except in one case, to the ground, and without suffering the shell or tile to rest on any of the lines.
Cat and Mouse Game. This sport, which is of French origin, is for two players only.
This game may be played by any number of players. A large stone is selected, and placed on a particular spot,
4 to 30 or more players.
Indoors; out of doors.
This is a most excellent game, and very popular in some counties. It is played with a moderate-sized ball and a hand-bat, i. e. a bat that can be held in one hand, and which is about two feet in length, smooth, and round.