124 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
bars of popular airs or famous compositions, according to the musical taste or proficiency of the company. At the conclusion of each selection, every one writes what composition he or she thinks it belongs to. The opening notes are generally the parts chosen.
Then the hostess may pass around, or have hung up or otherwise disposed about the room, photographs or woodcuts of famous or well-known composers—the names of whom the players must endeavour to supply —writing their guesses in the little books opposite numbers corresponding to those on the pictures.
Another contest may occupy the company in guessing the names of the songs which the young women are dressed to represent. Their guesses are noted by the hostess or by the "embodied song," to be later corrected or confirmed. The hostess announces the musical performance with a great flourish of trumpets.
Whereupon one verse of every song must be rendered by the person who represents it; but the less voice, time, or ear displayed in the execution the more amusing and jolly will be the performance.
A rule forbids that the singer shall be seated until the song represented is correctly guessed, which adds much to the merriment.
One young woman proved a most tantalising puzzle at one such reunion. She wore a white gown with three letters in gilt—Y, E, S—on its front. It was only when she sang the first verse of the old song, "Answer," that any one got the least clue to the mystery. "Two Little Girls in Blue" was given as a duet by a pair of timid songstresses—who welcomed the moral support of a comrade.
Another appeared in garments tattered and torn, and