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92                         The Play-Party in Indiana.
My old beau went back on mo, Just because I went to sea. My old beau went away last fall, Break and swing and promenade all.
c. Miss Hamilton gives the words to a Missouri play-party game which she calls ''Gents to the Center." The game is probably similar to this. (Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVII, p. 300.) This seems to be of American origin.
There Goes Topsy Through the Window.
Mrs. Leslie Beall, Versailles, Ind.
There goes Top-sy thro' the win-dow, Downin Al - a- bam-a,
1. There goes Topsy through the window, Through the window, through the window, There goes Topsy through the window, Down in Alabama.
2 Refrainó
All promenade with the hand on the shoulder, Hand on the shoulder, hand on the shoulder, All promenade with the hand on the shoulder, Down in Alabama.
3.    There goes Sambo through the window, etc.
4.    Sambo and Topsy through the window, etc.
b. Boys form in straight line. Girls form straight line about four steps from that of the boys, in such a way that each girl is facing her partner. During 1, the top girl walks down through the center, casts off to the left, makes a complete circuit of the line of girls, and returns to position. During 3, the top boy walks down through the center, casts off to the right, makes a complete circuit of the line of boys, and returns to position. During 4, the top couple promenade down through the center, cast off, either to the left or right, making a complete circuit of one of the lines, and return to position.
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