The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

With Tunes(sheet music), Singing-rhymes(lyrics), Methods Of Playing with diagrams and illustrations.

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ii4                     RIN-IM-O'ER—ROBBING, &c.
the ring-' line' in the one case, and ' marble' in the other being dropped as superfluous."—Strutt (Sports and Pastimes, p. 384) alludes to the game.
In Ireland this game is also called " Ring," and is played with marbles and buttons. A ring is marked out on a level hard place, and every boy puts down a button. The buttons are lightly struck in the centre of the ring, and all play their marbles to the buttons. The nearest to them play first. The line from which they play is generally about eight feet away, and everybody does his best to strike the buttons. Any put out are kept by the boy putting them out, and if a boy strikes a button, or buttons, out, he can play on until he misses.— Waterville, Cos. Kerry and Cork, T. J. Dennachy (through Mrs. B. B. Green of Dublin).
A game among children, in which one stands in the middle of a street, road, or lane, while others run across it within a certain given distance from the person so placed, and whose business it is to catch one in passing, when he is released, and the captive takes his place.—Teviotdale (Jamieson's Dic­tionary).
It nearly resembles " Willie Wastle."
Robbing the Parson's Hen-Roost
This game is played by every player, except one (the ques­tioner), choosing a word, and introducing it into his phrase whenever he gives an answer. For example, X, Y, and Z have chosen the words elephant, key-hole, and mouse-trap.
Questioner. "What did you steal from the parson's hen­roost ? "
X. " An elephant."
Q. " How did you get into the hen-roost ? "
Y.. " Through the key-hole."
Q. " Where did you put what was stolen ? "
Z. " Into a mouse-trap."
And so on with the other players.—Lincoln [generally known] (Miss M. Peacock).

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