AMUSEMENTS FOR EVERYBODY 41
The front player now puts his slippered hands upon the table and begins to keep time, while the other performer follows suit with his hands.
The Dwarf can be used either to tell fortunes, make jokes, or ask riddles, and if the performers act their parts well, the guests will laugh very heartily.
Puss in the Corner
This game is really for five players only, but, by a little arrangement, six or seven children can take part in the fun.
Four players take their places in the different corners of the room, whilst the fifth stands in the middle. If a greater number of children wish to play, other parts of the room must be named "corners,'' so that there is a corner for every one.
The fun consists in the players trying to change places without being caught; but they are bound to call "Puss, puss," first, and to beckon to the one they wish to change with. Directly they leave their corners, the player in the center tries to get into one of them.
When the center player succeeds in getting into a corner,the one who has been displaced has to take his place in the middle of the room.
Blind Man's Buff
In the olden times this game was known by the name of "Hoodman Blind," as in those days the child that was chosen to be "blind man" had a hood placed over his head, which was fastened at the back of the neck.
In the present day the game is called "Blind Man's Buff," and very popular it is among young folk.
Before beginning to play, the middle of the room should be cleared, the chairs placed against the wall, and all toys and footstools put out of the way. The child having been selected who is to be "Blind Man" or "Buff," is blindfolded. He is then asked the question: "How many horses has your father got?" The answer is "Three," and to the question: "What