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64 POP-THE-BONNET—POTS, OR POTTS
(b) Children stand in two rows facing each other, they sing while moving backwards and forwards. At the close one from each side selects a partner, and then, all having partners, they whirl round and round.
(c) An additional verse is sometimes sung with or in place of the above in London.
Up and down the City Road;
In and out the Eagle;
That's the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.
Mr. Nutt writes: " The Eagle was (and may be still) a well-known tavern and dancing saloon."
A game in which two, each putting down a pin on the crown of a hat or bonnet, alternately pop on the bonnet till one of the pins crosses the other; then he at whose pop or tap this takes place, lifts the stakes.—Teviotdale (Jamieson). The same game is now played by boys with steel pens or nibs.
See " Hattie."
See "Pinny Show."
Port the Helm
This is a boys' game. Any number may join in it. The players join hands and stand in line. The leader, generally a bigger boy, begins to bend round, at first slowly, then with more speed, drawing the whole line after him. The circular motion is communicated to the whole line, and, unless the boys at the end farthest from the leader run very quickly, the momentum throws them off their feet with a dash if they do not drop their hold.—Keith, Nairn (Rev. W. Gregor).
Pots, or Potts
Throwing a ball against a wall, letting it bounce and catching it, accompanied by the following movements:— i. Simply three times each.
2. Throw, twist hands, and catch.
3. Clap hands in front, behind, in front.