IDEAL HOME LIFE
The players seat themselves in a circle, and each takes the name of some town, or flower, or whatever has been previously agreed upon. One of the party stands in the middle of the circle, with a tin plate, or waiter, places it upon its edge, and spins it, calling out as he does so the name which one of the players has taken. The person named must jump up and seize the plate before it ceases spinning, but if he is not very quick the plate will fall to the ground, and he must then pay a forfeit. It is then his turn to spin the platter.
The Traveler's Alphabet
The players sit in a row and the first begins by saying, "I am going on a journey to Athens, or any place beginning with A. The one sitting next asks, "What will you do there?" The verbs, adjectives, and nouns used in the reply must all begin with A; as "Amuse Ailing Authors with Anecdotes." If the player answers correctly, it is the next player's turn; he says, perhaps: "I am going to Boston." "What to do there?" "To Bring Back Bread and Butter." A third says: "I am going to Constantinople." "What to do there?" "To Carry Contented Cats.
Any one who makes a mistake must pay a forfeit.
This and That
A confederate is necessary for this trick. The one performing the trick goes out of the room and the confederate agrees with the audience to touch a certain article. The person outside is recalled and his confederate begins to question him. "Did I touch this music-book?" "No." "Did I touch this table?" "No." "Did I touch this knife?" "No." "Did I touch that fork?" "Yes." The secret consists in saying the word "that" before the article touched, instead of "this."
Battledore and Shuttlecock
Can be played by quite young children of both sexes, and is equally adapted to "children of a larger growth." By