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STRIK A LTCHT—STROKE BIAS
have died out again, but in many villages there are regular clubs for the girls/' p. 43. It also appears to be a game among Lancashire children to this day. A stool is used as a wicket, at which it is attempted to throw the ball; a player stands near the stool, and using his or her hand as a bat, wards off the blow. If the ball hits the stool the thrower takes the place at wicket; or if the ball is caught the catcher becomes the guardian of the stool. Stool-ball, like all ball games, was usually played at Easter for tansy cakes. Mr. Newell (Games and Songs) says this game is recorded by the second governor of Massachusetts as being played under date of the second Christmas of the colony.
See " Bittle-battle," "Cricket," "Stool-ball."
Strik a Licht
A version of hide and seek. One player is chosen to be "it." The other players go away to a distance and "show a light," to let "it" understand they are ready. They then hide, and the first one found has to be " it " in place of the previous seeker.—Aberdeen (Rev. W. Gregor).
See " Hide and Seek."
A game at marbles, where each player places a certain number on a line and plays in turns from a distance mark called " scratch," keeping such as he may knock off.—Lowsley's Berkshire Glossary.
Brome, in his Travels over England, 1700, p. 264, says: "The Kentish men have a peculiar exercise, especially in the eastern parts, which is nowhere else used in any other country, I believe, but their own ; it is called ' Stroke Bias,' and the manner of it is thus. In the summer time one or two parishes convening make choice of twenty, and sometimes more, of the best runners which they can cull out in their precincts, who send a challenge to an equal number of racers within the liberties of two other parishes, to meet them at a set day upon some neighbouring plain; which challenge, if accepted, they repair to the place appointed, whither also the county resort