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PUSSY'S GROUND—QUAKER 89
When we played this game, the child who was to be " Puss " was invariably decided upon by a counting-out rhyme. He or she being the last of the five players " not he." The words we used when wishful to change corners were, " Puss, puss, give me a drop of milk." The players in the corners beckoned with the finger to an opposite player in another corner (A. B. Gomme).
The game in Scotland is called " Moosie in the Corner," and is played by boys or girls, or by both together, either outside or in a room. Each player takes a corner, and one stands in the middle. On a given signal, usually by calling out the word " Change," a rush is made from the corners. The aim of the one standing in the middle is to reach a vacant corner. If the game is played in a room, as many chairs, or other seats, are placed as there are players, less one. Each takes a seat, and one is left standing. On the word " Change" being called out, each jumps from the seat and makes for another. The one standing strives to get a seat in the course of the change.—Nairn and Macduff (Rev. W. Gregor).
Name for Tom Tiddler's Ground in Norfolk. See "Tom Tiddler's Ground."
A circle of about two feet in diameter is made on the ground, in the centre of which a pyramid is formed by several marbles. Nine are placed as the base, then six, then four, and then one on the top. The keeper of the pyramid then desires the other players to shoot. Each player gives the keeper one marble for leave to shoot at the pyramid, and all that the players can strike out of the circle belong to them.—London streets (A. B. Gomme), and Book of Sports.
Men and women stand alternately in a circle, and one man begins by placing his left hand on his left knee, and saying, " There was an old Quaker and he went so." This is repeated all round the circle; the first man then says the same thing