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“Love is a sickness full of woes,

Let us suppose there to be drawn Nuremberg, All remedies refusing;

Turkey, and Iceland, of which the drawers narrate A plant that with most cutting grows." thus:And the others carry on the game.

Nuremberg has given to the world many useful inventions. Here were first made the pocket-Watch, the air-gun, gan-lock, and various mathematical

and musical instruments; and at present half the THREAD-PAPER POETRY.

children of Europe are indebted to Nuremberg for This is another interesting game, and one which toys; and the industry of the inhabitants is extended requires more play of intellect.

to teaching birds to pipe.

Turkey is celebrated for its costly carpets, which A piece of paper and a lead pencil are all the

all the efforts of European art and capital have preparations necessary. The first player takes the paper and writes upon it a line of poetry,a quota: woven by the women among the wandering tribes

failed in closely imitating; yet these carpets are tion; the name of the author may be added, though of Asiatic Turkey. The “T'urkey Bird” is, howit is not necessary. When the line is written, he folds the paper so as to hide what is written, and false idea that the turkey originated in Asia,

ever, very absurdly named, since it conveys the passes it to ihe second player, telling him the last whereas it is a native of America. Neither is word of the line. The second must then write a "Turkey Coffee” grown in Turkey, but is so named line to rhyme with the first, and also add a line of from the great consumption of coffee in that his own, and pass the paper on. For instance,

country. No. I writes

Iceland produces in abundance a certain lichen “This nymph to the destruction of mankind." called Iceland Moss, which is brought to America


as a medicine, but is in its native country used in

immense quantities as an article of common food. doubles the paper, and passes it to No. 2, who Wheu the bitter quality has been extracted by adds —

steeping in water, the moss is dried and reduced to

powder, and then made into a cake with meal, or “ Had three small mice, and all were blind; boiled and eaten with milk. The least ran after the butcher's wife."

Nursery Rhymes. Yo 3, a sentimental maiden, writes

FORFEITS. “ And then she cried, “I'm weary of my life,

Young people are often at a loss for good forfeits My dream of love is over-he is gone.

in their

games. In the schemes of advice upon the Original. subject, the penalties they impose are sometimes

vulgar, or absurd, creating confusion where innoNo. 4, also a maiden, who has lately studied cent pleasure is designed. The following are Byron

suggested to help our young friends out of the

difficulty. “ The spell is broke, the charm is flown! These forfeits, it will be seen, have each a sepa

Thus is it with life's fitful fover."- Byron. rate name and number. Now a good plan would No. , a grave, sedate man, writes

be for a person who is to take an active part in the

evening party to read them over during the day, “ I look upon thee, now, as lost for ever ;

and to become acquainted with them. Then, in To me, at least, it is as if thou wert dead." allotting the forfeits, when they are called, thus:-Authority forgotten.

"Here's a pretty thing, and a very pretty thing, what shall the owner of this thing do?"

The person Xo B, thinking dead a solemn word, gives- awarding the forfeits may call out, “Hush-a-bye,

baby!" "Hobson's choice!" "Dot and carry “ I care not, so my spirit last long after life has one ?" &c. The cryer of the forfeits then explains fled."

L, E. L.

what is to be done. In this way the redemption

of the forfeits will go on freely, without stoppage or And so on. This specimen is enough to show hesitation, and a capital evening's amusement be how the game goes. Sometimes the cross readings

derived. are very amusing. The paper is to be read aloud after it is filled up, and some very curious combina- TIE KNIGHT OF THE RUEFUL COUNTENANCE. Lions are often found.

The player whose forfeit is cried is so called. He must take a lighted candle in his hand, and

select some other player to be his squire, who takes GEOGRAPHICAL PLAY.

hold of his arm, and they then both go round to all Let each person of a party write on a piece of the ladies in the company. It is the equire's office aper the name of some town, country, or province; to kiss the hand of each lady, and after each kiss to hume these tickets together in a little basket, and wipe the knight's mouth with a handkerchief. The Thoever draws out one is obliged to give an account knight must carry the candle through the penance,

f some production, either natural or manufactured, and preserve a grave countenance. or which that place is remarkable. This game

JOURNEY TO ROME. rrings out a number of curious bits of information which the party may have gleaned in reading or in The person whose forfeit is called must go round ravelling, and which they might never have men- to all in the company, to tell them that he is going ioned to each other but from some such motive. on a fourney to Rome, and that he will feel great




pleasure in taking anything for his Holiness the

TAS BEGGAR. Pope. Everyone must give something to the traveller. (The more cumbersome or awkward to

A penitence to be inflicted on a gentleman aly carry, the more fun it occasions.) When he has He falls on his knees before her, and thumpang bata

The penitent takes a staff, and approaches and gathered all, he has to carry the things to one staff on the ground, implores "Charity. The corner of the room, and deposit them, and thus end lady, touched by the poor man's distress, aska bín, his penance.

"Do you want bread 7" “Do you want water LAUGHING GAMUT.

“Do you want a halfpennyt" &c. To all questions Sing the laughing gamut without pause or mis- such as these the Beggar replies by thomping bis take, thus:

staff on the ground impatients. At length the ha

lady says, "Do you want a kiss ?* At these finds ha ha

the Beggar jumps up and kisses the lady. ha


ba ha ha

The Pilgrim is very like the Beggar. A pretle ha ha

man conducts a lady round the circle, Sring ha


to each member of it, if a rentleman, " A kis fer ha


my sister, and a morsel of bread for me. Ta lady, "A morsel of bread for my sister, and a kiss

for me." The bread is of no particular important, Sing one line of four different songs without but the kiss is indispensable. pausing between them. It would be well to find four lines that afford humour, taken consecutively,

THE EGOTIST. such as

Propose your own health in a complimentar “ All round my hat."

speech, and sing the musical honours.
* A rare old plant is the ivy green."
* Sweet Kitty Clover, she bothers me 50."

" In the Bay of Biscay, 0."

Hold one ancle in one hand, and walk round the HOBSON'S CHOICE.

(This is suited only to gentlemen.] Burn a cork one end, and keep it clean the other. You are then to be blindfolded, and the cork to be

THE IMITATION, held horizontally to you. You are then to be If a gentleman, he must put on a lady'a ham, asked three times which end you will have? If you and imitate the voice of the lady to whom say, “ Right," then that end of the cork must be belongs ; if a lady, then a gentleman's hai, te passed along your forehead. The cork must then be Sometimes these imitations are very humorous. A turned several times, and whichever end you say sentence often used by the person imitated skocila must next be passed down your nose; and the third be chosen. time across your cheeks or chin. You are then to

GOIXG TO SERVICE. be allowed to see the success of your choice.

[This will afford capital fun, and should be Go to service; apply to the person who hold the played fairly, to give the person who owns the forfeits for a place-ray, as "maid of all renk forfeit a chance of escape. The end of the cork The questions then to be asked are: “How do rat should be thoroughly well burnt. As a joke for wash ?" "How do you iron !" "How do y Christmas time, this is perfectly allowable; and the make a bed?" How do you scrub the Boer!" damp corner of a towel or handkerchief will set all " How do you clean knives and forks!" &c., &c. right. It should be allotted to a gentleman, and The whole of these processes must be initated one who has a good broad and bare face.] by motions, and if the replies be satisfactory, the

forfeit must be given up. POETIC NCMBERS.

KISSING THE CANDLESTICE. Repeat a passage of poetry, counting the words aloud as you proceed, thus :

When ordered to kiss the candlestick, you pelitas Pull (one) many (two) a (three) flower (four) is request a lady to hold the candle for you. As seat (five) born (six) to (seven) blush (eight) unseen, as she has it in her hand, she is supposed to be the (nine) and (ien) waste (eleven) its (twelve) sweet candlestick, and you, of course, kiss her. ness (thirteen) on (fourteen) the (fifteen) desert (sixteen) air (seventeen). This will prove a great

THB DISAPPOINTMEST. puzzle to many, and afford considerable amuse

A lady advances towards the penitent, as ment.

kiss him, and when close to him, turns quietly NUSII-A-BYE, BABY.

round, and allows the expected kiss to be taken it Yawn until you make several others in the room

her nearest neighbour. yawn. (This can be done well by one person who can

THE FLORIST'S CHOICE. imitate yawning well, and it will afford indescrib. Choose three flowers. Example: Pink, Fecha able mirth. It should be allotted to one of the and Lily. Two of the party must then privately male sex, with a large mouth, and a sombre or agree to the three persons

of the

forfeiter's sormais heavy appearance, if such a one can be found ance to be sererally represented by the tears in the party.]

Then proceed: "What will you do with the Pink

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* Dip it in the water!" "What with the Fuchsia ?"

THE QUIET LODGER. "Dry it, and keep it as a curiosity!" "With the Lily?" "Keep it until it is dead, then throw it

The person who owns the forfeit may be called away." The three names identified with the flowers upon to choose one or two musical instruments. ire now to be told, and their fates will excite

much Having dono so, he may be requested to imitate

them. merriment. TIK FOOL'S LEAP.

STOOPS TO CONQUER. Put two chairs back to back, take off your shoes, Your forfeit shall then be laid upon the floor, and

Crawl around the room on all-fours forwards. ind jump over them. The fun consists in a inisaken idea that the chairs are to be jumped over, you must crawl backwards to it, without sceing whereas it is only the shoes.

where it is placed. THE RIDDLE.

The penitent places himself in the same position Guess the answer to this Riddle :

as for * Ariadne's Leopard," that is to say, on It is said there's a person you've loved since a boy, all-fours. He, however, remains stationary, reWhose hand you must kiss ere I give you this toy; ceiving on his back a lady and a gentleman, who It is not your father, or mother, or sister,

sit comfortably down and exchange a kiss. Nor cousin, vor friend--take care not to miss, sir."



Compare your lady-love to a flower, and explain This consists in whispering a secret to each the resemblance. Thus :vember of the company.

My love is like the blooming rose,

Because her cheek its beauty shows.

Or (facetiously) -
Spell Constantinople, a syllable at a time. After

My love is like a creeping treepelling Con-stan-ti, all the others are to cry out, She's always creeping after me. Nol no!" meaning the next syllable. If the trick not known, the speller will stop to show no mis

TUB STATESMAN. ke has been made, which is another forfeit; on de contrary, if no stop is made, the forfeit is Ask the penitent what county he would like istored.

to represent in Parliament; when the selection is

made he is to spell his name backwards, without THE BLIND MAN'S CHOICR.

a mistake; if he fail, he knows not the require. The one who is to pay a forfeit stands with the

ments of his constituents, and must lose his elec

tion. ice to the wall. One behiud makes signs suitable

a kiss, a pinch, and a box on the ear, and then TO BE AT THE MEROY OF THE COMPANY. emands whether the first, second, or third bo referred. Whichever it chances to be is given.

This consists in executing whatever task each

member of the company may like to impose upon THE CLOCK.

you. A player is condemned to transformation to a

KISSING UNDER THE CANDLESTICK. ock. He stands before the mantelpiece, and calls

This consists in kissing a person over whose head player (of the opposite sex) to him. The person us called upon asks “the clock" what time it is. you hold a candlestick. he clock replies, whatever hour he likes,-claim

TO KIES YOUR OWX SHADOW. g the same number of kisses as he names hours the day.

Place yourself between the light and the person If approved of, the player who has asked the

you intend kissing, on whose face your shadow will me takes the place of the clock, and calls upon be thrown, nother; the original ceremony being repeated in rn by all the players of the company.


Kissing all the ladies in the company one after The penitent, on his hands and knees, is obliged another without any distinction. carry round the room a lady, who is seated on his ick, and whom all the gentlemen (himself expted) are privileged to kiss in turns.


Place your hands behind you, and guess who DIT OR MISS,

touches them. You are not to be released until

you guess right. You are to be blindfolded, and turned round The person who owns the forfeit is to be blindvo or three times. Then you are to walk towards folded; a glass of water and a teaspoon are tben to ne of the company, and the handkerchief is to be be got, and a spoonful given aliernately by the iken off, that you may see the person you bave members of the company until the person Llind. uched. Then you are to kiss her hand,

fulded guesses aright.




with as many wrappings as possible, but every The penitent sent into exile takes up his position side before, '80 as to present the appearance a

cloak, shawl, victorine, &c., is to be pat on hind. in the part of the room most distant from the rest of "a turned head." She should be furnished with a the company, with whom he is forbidden to communi- muff, which she must bold behind her as much s cate. From thence he is compelled to fix the penance possible in the usual manner, bat her bonnet must to be performed by the owner of the next forfeit, till be put

on in the proper way. Thus equipped, she the accomplishment of which he may on no account

must enter the room walking backwards, and until leave his place. This may be prolonged for several her punishment is at an end, must continue 19 turns. The last penitent, as soon as he has ac

move in the same way.
quitted himself satisfactorily, takes the place of the
exile, and passes sentence on the next.


The culprit takes a candle in his hand, and, Repeat, without stoppiug, “Bandy-legged Bora- stepping forward, places another in the handse chio Mustachio Whiskenfusticus the bold and brave person of a different sex; then both march Bombardino of Bagdad helped Abomilique Blue opposite sides of the apartment. They then asam Beard Bashaw of Babelmandeb to beat down a

& mournful air, and adrance towards each other

with a slow and measured step. When they meet Bumble Bee at Bassora."

they raise their eyes to the ceiling, atter some words in a sepulchral tone, then, with doracak

eyes, they march on, each to take the place oore Kneel to the wittiest, bow to the prettiest, and pied by the other. kiss the one you love best.

This procedure is repeated as often as there are

phrases in the following dialogue:ROB ROWLEY

THE GENTLEMAN.-Have you heard the frightfal

news? Repeat the following:

THE LADY.-Alas! * Robert Rowley rolled a round roll round,


The King of Morocco is dead. A round roll Robert Rowley rolled round,

THE LADY.-Alas! alas! Where is the round roll Robert Rowley rolled THIE GENTLEMAX.The King of Morocco i round ?"


THE LADY.-Alas! alas! alasi

THE GENTLEMAN.-Alas! alas! alas! and for The player who owns the forfeit cried takes a

times alas! candle in his hand, and is led by another to one

He has cut off his head with end of the room, where he must stand and repre

his steel catlass! sent the Statue of Love. One of the players now

Both then march to their places with an air of walks up, and requests him to fetch some lady, melancholy. Haring reached their places, they whose name he whispers in Love's ear. The Statue, run gaily to resume their seats among the comstill holding the candle, proceeds to execute his pany. commission, and brings the lady with him; she in

TER YARD OF LOFS RIBBON. turn desires him to fetch some gentleman, and so it continues till all have been summoned. The

One or more yards of Love Ribbon may be players brought up by Love must not return to

inflicted as a penalty. their seats, but stand in a group round Love's

He (or she) who suffers this infliction mast choose standing-place, until he has brought the last person out a lady (or a gentleman), lead her (or him) in in the company, when they hiss him most vigour the middle of the circle, take her hands in his ously, and the forfeit terminates,

extend them as far as the length of his arms vil permit, and give (or receive) a kiss to (or from)

the other. This is repeated with the same personas The penitent takes from a pack of cards the four inflicted.

often as the number of yards of Lore Ribbon are kings and the four queens, shuffles them, and,

THE JOURNEY TO CTTHERE. without looking at them, distributes them to a proportionate number of ladies and gentlemen. The person upon whom this penalty is inflicted The gentleman finding himself possessed of the leads another, of the opposite sex, behind a screen king of hearts kisses the lady holding the queen, or a door. Here the gentleman kisses the lady, and and so on with the rest.

touches any part of her dress which he may choose

On their return from the journey, they present THE BLIND QUADRILLE.

themselves before all the company in turn, and the This is performed when a great number of for- 1 gentleman asks each of them what part of the

lady's attire he has touched. At cach mistak: feits are to be disposed of. A quadrille is danced by eight of the company with their eyes blindfolded, dress which

has been named by them. II, at last

on their part he kisses that portion of the lady's and as they are certain to become completely some one of the

company guenses correctly, to bewildered during the figures, it always affords kisses the lady; or, if it is a lady, she receives a infiuite amusement to the spectators.

kiss from the gentleman. THE TURNED HRAD.

If, on the contrary, no one guesses righty, the

gentleman names aloud the part of the lady's dress This penalty should be imposed upon a lady, which he has touched, and kisses the lady once The fair one whose head is to be turned is invested more before conducting her to her seale


GAME OF HISTORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS. knowledge of history is required either-the simplest

I do not know whether this game is familiar to most-on-the-surface incidents being perfectly suited the readers of the “ Family Friend ;" 1 met with it to, and sometimes the best for, this pastime. some time since at the house of a friend, and found

ILLA. it so pleasant that I have determined to describe it, in the hope that it may be new to some, and may

CHRISTMAS IS COMING. therefore be a contribution to the amusements of O CHRISTMAS, dear Christmas, is coming ! Christmas.

A few weeks and he will be here, It consists in each member of the company, being Bringing merriment, sunshine, and gladness, duly furnished with small pieces of paper (four While sorrow is left in the rear. inches by three is a nice size), and pencils, fixing on some historical incident, and to the best of his

Yes! Christmas, gay Christmas, is coming! her bility producing it on the paper. The pic

The holly will hang in the hall, tures are then submitted to the company, who are

And faces with smiles will grow brighter, to guess the subject delineated, and to write their For joy upon many will fall. decisions on a slip of paper, turning down the At Christmas the message of gladness paper, after adding their names, in the manner

First came to the sorrowful earth, pursued in “ bouts-rimes." There is great amuse

When the angels brought tidings of pardon, nent in these guesses often; and as the sketches

Announcing their blessèd Lord's birth. day be of the roughest kind, no one need plead nability. I am no adept at drawing myself,

And 0, then, now Christmas is coming, raving abjured such occupations as soon as i was May all breathe of peace and good will; ny own mistress, except in one small line, and yet May our hearts grow more kind and forgiving, can quite manage an illustration. No profound Aud every bad passion be still. ISABEL

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