Two bases having been made, one at each end of the playground, all the players take np their position in one of them, except one, who is generally elected by counting out ; this player, who is called ” the King,” stations himself midway between the bases, and endeavours to catch the others as they rush through his territory from base to base.
Should the king succeed in catching one of the trespassers, he raps him on the head, saying, “I crown thee king!” and the one so crowned joins the first king between the bases, and helps to catch the other players.
When the out-players considerably outnumber those remaining in the bases, they may enter the bases, and, if they are strong enough, pull the others out and crown them. In this lively game the rule is, that a player must run to the opposite base if he puts both feet outside his own. In some parts of England this game is known by the name of “King Cæsar.”
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