IDEAL HOME LIFE
the line and back, wins the round. It takes five rounds to make a game, the side winning three out of the five being successful.
The bags must be passed as rapidly as possible, and every one must touch the end table before being returned.
If a bag falls to the ground it is best to leave it where it falls until all the others are down the line, when it may be quickly picked up and passed on with little loss of time. But if in his excitement a player stoops at once to pick it up, he will cause a delay in passing the remaining bags, which invariably creates much confusion and loss of time.
Have a board three feet long and two feet wide, elevated at one end by another board to an angle of thirty degrees, and having, some six inches from the top, an opening, about five inches square. Station this board at one end of a long room and divide the company equally.
Eight of the bean-bags are all that are required.
The leader of one side begins. Standing at a suitable distance from the board, he endeavors to throw the bags, one at a time, through the square opening. Every bag that reaches the goal counts ten, every one that lodges upon the board five, and every one that falls to the ground outside of the board a loss of ten.
Suppose A to have put two bags through the opening (twenty) and two upon the board (ten)—that is a gain of thirty—but the other four bags falling to the ground makes a loss of forty, so his real score is a loss of ten.
B puts four through the opening (forty), three upon the board (fifteen), and one upon the ground (minus ten), which gives him a gain of forty-five.
The sides play alternately, and after three rounds for each, the scores, which have been carefully kept by one member of the party, are balanced, and the side having the greatest gain is declared the winner.
A prize is often given for the highest individual score.