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The arches should be about an inch in height and width, rather less in width.
Numbers are placed over the arches, but it is better not to place them in consecutive order—they might be—i, 5, o, 6, 2, 4, o, 3, o.
One of the players becomes bridge-keeper, the others take turns to aim at the bridge. If a marble passes under one of the arches the player who aimed it claims the number of mar­bles marked over it from the bridge-keeper. If he fails to shoot through an arch one marble must be paid to the bridge-keeper.
The bridge-keeper should be changed every round.
A circle, about a foot in diameter, is made on the ground; every player subscribes a marble to make a pool, and these marbles are placed in the center of the circle.
The players draw lots to decide the order in which they shall play. The first player takes a marble between his first finger and thumb and holding it near his eye takes aim at the center of the marbles and lets the one he is holding drop.
As many marbles as he can scatter outside the ring he may claim for his own; but if he does not succeed in putting any outside the ring the one he made the attempt with must remain forfeit to swell the pool.
When all the marbles in the pool have been won the game is ended.
A small hole is made in the ground about a foot from a wall, or background of any kind. The players decide the order in which they shall play by each rolling a marble towards the hole and then fixing the order by playing according to their position, those nearest the hole playing first and so on. The players then subscribe so many marbles each and the first player takes the whole of them in his hand and rolls them towards the hole.
As many as fall into it he claims for his own; they must fall
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