186 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
up on her fan, as tennis balls on the racket—without touching it with the hand—and toss it anew, if it may be done before her opponent has finished playing.
The more adroit of the pair scores a success for her side, and then two more try their skill, until all have played.
The honours are counted, and the winning team may be presented with prizes in the form of pretty Japanese fans, which may be had at all prices and in endless variety. The paper balls may be had at the Japanese shops in kaleidoscopic colours or in plain colours.
The effect of the game is exceedingly picturesque to those looking on, and to the participants far less fatiguing than tennis—a matter for consideration in warm weather.
A lively game that makes a pleasant diversion after some contest of wits—when young muscles are tired from inactivity—is the following:
At each end of the room have an empty clothes-basket and one filled with articles of all sorts and of varied sizes—books, balls, pencils, clothes-pins, pint measures, thimbles, sofa-pillows, spools of thread, pincushions, papers of needles, clothes-brushes, nail-polishers, old hats, skeins of worsted, walking-sticks, postage-stamps, powder-puffs, etc. Two captains are chosen, who select their teams, and an equal number of players stand in line facing each other. A full basket is at the right hand of each of the captains, and an empty one at the left of the player at the end of each line. At a signal each captain selects an article from his basket and hands it to his neighbour, who passes it down the line as rapidly as possible. One object after