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keeping the command all you can in your own hand.
21.  If you lead and make the king of any suit, do not always conclude that your partner holds the ace.
22.  It is sometimes proper to lead a thirteenth card, in order to force the adversary, and make your partner last player.
23.  If weak in trumps, make your tricks soon ; but when strong, you may play a more backward game.
24.  Keep a small card of your partner's first lead, if possible, in order to return it when trumps are out.
25.  Never force your adversary with your best card of a suit, unless vou have the second best also.
26.  In your partner's lead, endeavour to keep the command in his hand, rather than in vour own.
27.  If you have a saw, it is generally better to pursue it than to trump out, although you should be strong in trumps with a good suit.
28.  Keep the trump you turn up as long as you can.
29.  When you hold all the remaining trumps, play one of them to inform your partner ; and then put the lead into his hand.
30.  It is better to lead from ace and nine, than from ace and ten.
31.  It is better to lead trumps through an ace or king, than through a queen or knave.
32.  If you have the last trump, some winning cards, and one losing card only, lead the losing card.
33.  When only your partner has trumps re­maining, and leads a suit of which you hold none,
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