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The Play-Party in Indiana.
59
Itiskit.
a.
I sent a letter to my love, I thought I put it in my glove,
But on the way I dropped it, I dropped it, I dropped it,
But on the way I dropped it.
And some of you have picked it up,
And put it in your pocket.
Itiskit, itaskit, a green and yellow basket,
I took a letter to my love, and on the way 1 lost it,
I lost it, I lost it.
b. This game is familiar under the name of "Drop the Handker­chief." All form in a circle, excepting one player. While they sing the stanza given above, one person skips around the outside of the ring and drops a handkerchief behind one of the players. The persons in the ring are allowed to look behind them once after each circuit which the'handkerchief-dropper makes. As soon as the person behind whom the handkerchief has been dropped, discovers it, he picks it up and runs around the circle in pursuit of the one who dropped it. If he succeeds in catching him, the dropper must stand in the center of the ring "the mush pot." The second person then continues skipping around the circle while the stanza is sung again. On the other hand, if the person behind whom the handkerchief is dropped does not discover it until after the dropper has come back to him, he goes in the "mush pot." So the game goes on until all are in the "mush pot" excepting two players.
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