Children's Parties 515
she raises the patch. As he approaches her again on his beat she puts the patch on again, and he suddenly twitches it off her eye, exposing the imposture. She, with a scream, rushes away, pursued by the officer. Sound, if not spelling (eye-scream), will suggest a favourite dish.
A boy with spectacles on nose is next seen seated at a table whereon are many vials to suggest a physician's office. He gravely consults a huge volume when a patient enters, violently coughing. The doctor feels the patient's pulse, listens at his chest and back, and finally produces from a closet an India-rubber ball marked "Magic Pill." This the patient pretends to swallow. He coughs no more, and, after a moment of delighted surprise, takes to his heels, pursued by the doctor, who cries, "My fee; where's my fee?" When the name of the fragrant bean has been guessed the feast has reached its conclusion.
It will act as a stimulus to the histrionic instincts of the performers if it is known that prizes will be awarded to the boy and girl who shall be voted the best actor and actress. At the close of the performance a huge pumpkin may be brought in, mounted upon gilt wheels, as Cinderella's coach, drawn by four rats of gray canton flannel, and with a mouse in three-cornered hat as coachman. A cheap toy wagon may furnish the wheels, and the children will not be hypercritical of the anatomy of the rats. The pumpkin should contain all the prizes.
The girl's prize will be, of course, a little doll, dressed in silver tissue or white gauze covered with tiny gilt spangles, to represent Cinderella herself. A boy would be pleased with a pair of white mice in a small cage.
All the other actors should receive prizes as well.