AMUSEMENTS FOR EVERYBODY 83
Lord Dundreary's Method of Proving he had Eleven
Begin counting the fingers of both hands—i, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Then count backwards, touching them: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, on one hand; hold up the other hand and say, "and five are eleven."
The Lame Lamplighters
Two boys kneel down opposite one another, each resting on one knee, and holding the other leg off the ground; a lighted candle is placed in the hand of one of them, and a candle not lighted is given to the other; the latter then tries to light his candle from that of the former.
The Stooping Stretch
Chalk a line on the floor, and place the outer edge of the right foot on it, and at a little distance behind the right foot, put the left heel on the line. Then take a piece of chalk in your right hand, bend down and pass the right hand between your legs and under the right knee, and chalk a line on the floor, as far from the former line as you possibly can, yet not so far but that you can easily recover yourself without touching the ground with your hands, or removing your feet from the line. Your knee and body may project beyond the chalked line, provided you keep your feet properly placed.
Stand at a little distance from a wall, with your face toward it, and lean forward until you are able to place the palm of your hand quite flat on the wall; you must then take a spring from the hand, and recover your upright position, without moving either of your feet. It is better to practise it first with the feet at a little distance only from the wall, increasing the space gradually.