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34                          The Play-Party in Indiana.
Miss Agnes Taylor of Heme, Texas, has given us an interesting variant, especially if taken in connection with that of Mr. Newell. Several of the play-party games, or at least certain stanzas of them, seem, like this, to have been invented for the purpose of relieving the embarrassment at the end of the evening.
Coffee grows on the white oak top, The river flows with brandy, Choose the one to go home with you, And feed 'em on 'lasses candy.
b. All of the young people stand around the outside of the room, but not in a circle. During 1, one boy skips to the right, making a complete circle, in the center of the room. At 2, he chooses a partner and together they promenade making a complete circle to the right. At 3, this couple chooses a new couple to enter the center with them, and the four make a figure 8 in this way.
Boy 1 is in the center facing down and girl 1 is in the center facing up. Boy 1 takes his partner's right hand and passes her by the right. He proceeds to trace the lower half of the figure 8 while she traces the upper half of it. (The walking step is used.) At the start boy 2 is at the top following boy 1, and girl 2 is at the bottom following girl 1. All simultaneously make a complete figure 8, boy following boy, and girl following girl, the boys and the girls going in opposite directions. Partners always meet at the center, and there the boy takes the right hand of the girl and passes her by the right. When he meets the "opposite" girl he takes her left hand and passes her by the left.
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