AMUSEMENTS FOR EVERYBODY 63
Strips of paper, twisted like a taper, are all the materials necessary. The first player turns to the person on his left hand, and, with a bow, says—"Good morning, Royal Ambassador, always royal; I, the Royal Ambassador, always royal, come from his Royal Majesty (pointing to his neighbor on his right, who must bow), always royal, to tell you he has an eagle with a golden beak."
The second player must repeat this to his left-hand neighbor exactly word for word as he hears it, adding brazen claws. If he leaves out a word, or makes any mistake, he must have one of the papers twisted into his hair. Then he becomes a one-horned ambassador, and must call himself so, instead of royal.
For instance, No. i says:
"Good morning, Royal Ambassador, always royal; I, the Royal Ambassador, always royal, come from his Royal Majesty, always royal, to tell you that he has an eagle with a golden beak."
No. 2, "Good morning, Royal Ambassador, always royal; I, the Royal Ambassador, come from------."
Having left out always royal after his own name, No. 2 is horned, and says—"Good, etc.; I, a One-horned Ambassador, always one-horned, come from his Royal," etc.
When his neighbor has gone on, he must add diamond eyes to the eagle—each player must add something to the eagle— . and he must say he comes from his One-horned Majesty, instead of his Royal Majesty.
By this time a good many of the party will be well horned; and as every horn incurs a forfeit, the game may cease until they are redeemed. Sometimes the ambassador becomes seven or eight-horned before the game is over.
My Lady's Toilet
Each having taken the name of some article of dress, chairs are placed for all the party but one, so as to leave one chair too few. They all sit down but one, who is called the "Lady's Maid," and stands in the center. She then calls out "My lady's up and wants her shoes," when the one who has taken that