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.
He will then put a question to his next neighbour, and receive his answer.
When the tour of the circle is made, I shall commence by stating aloud the question put to me by my left-hand neighbour, answering it by the reply received in answer to my own from Tom.
He will then do the same, giving my question and his next neighbour’s reply.—(Whispers to Tom.)
Of what use are the bellows?
Tom.—To blow up the fire.—(To Charles) Of what use is a fire-engine?
Charles.—To put out a fire.—(To John) Of what use is a plough?
John.—To plough up the ground.—(To James) Of what use is a cap?
James.—To cover the head.—(To Edward) Of what use is a shoe?
Edward.—To protect your foot.—(To William) Of what use is a black pin?
William.—To fasten your collar with.—(To Harry) Of what use is a barometer?
Harry.—To tell the weather.—(Aloud) William has just asked me the use of a barometer? Tom replies, “To blow up the fire!”
Tom.—Harry has asked me the use of the bellows; and Charles replies, “To put out the fire!”
Charles.—Tom wishes to know the use of the fire-engine, and John tells him, “To plough up the ground,” &c.
Any mistake is punished by a forfeit.
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EVERY BOY’S BOOK: A COMPLETE ENCYCLOPÆDIA OF SPORTS AND AMUSEMENTS.
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