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lead the knave. For on the return of trumps you probably may finesse the eight to advantage.
14.  Having knave, ten, and three small trumps, lead the knave. Because it will most distress your adversaries, unless two honours are held on your right hand: the odds against which are about 3 to 1.
15.  Having only small trumps, play the highest. By which you will support your partner all you can.
16.  Having a sequence, begin with the highest. By this means your partner is best instructed how to play his hand, and cannot possibly be injured.
17.  If any honour be turned up on your left, and the game much against you, lead a trump the first opportunity. For your game being desperately bad, this method is the most likely to retrieve it.
18.  In all other cases it is dangerous leading through an honour, unless you are strong in trumps, or have a good hand. Because all the advantage of trumping through an honour lies in your partner's finessing.
19.  Supposing it is hereafter proper to lead trumps, when an honour is turned up on your left, you holding only one honour with a small trump, play the honour, and next the small one. Because it will greatly strengthen your partner's hand, and cannot hurt your own.
20.  If an honour be turned up on the left, and you hold a sequence, lead the highest of it. Be­cause it will prevent the last hand from injuring your partner.
21.  If a queen be turned up on the left, and you hold ace, king, and a small one, lead the small trump. Because you will have a chance of getting the queen.
22.  If a queen be turned up on the left, and you hold a knave, with a small one, lead the knave.
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