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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American Post.
One player of a party acts as post and leaves the room. When he is outside he knocks at the door. Another player, who is the doorkeeper (inside), calls out, " Who's there ?" The reply is, " American post." " What with ? " "A letter." " For whom ? " The name of one of the players in the room is given by the post. The one named then must go outside, and kiss the post, and in turn becomes post.—Fraserburgh (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
This, sometimes called " Postman," is now more generally played as a penalty when forfeits are being performed. The player whose penalty it is, is the first one to be "post." Postage is demanded, the amount being paid by kisses.
As I was Walking".
The players, usually girls, stand in line up to a wall. One in front sings, going backwards and forwards.
As I was walking down a hill, down a hill, down a hill,
As I was walking down a hill,
Upon a frosty morning.
Who do you think I met coming down, coming down, &c,
Who do you think I met, &c. She then chooses one from the line and both sing :-
I met my true love coming down, &c.
He gave me kisses, one, two, three (clap hands),
Upon a frosty morning.
—Cullen (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
Auld Grannie. [A version of "Hen and Chickens," vol. i. pp.
20I, 202.]
Here a variation of dialogue occurs. The game is played as previous Hen and Chicken games. The Hen says—
What are ye scrapin' for ? Auld grannie says—
A darning needle ?
What are ye going to do with the darning needle ?
Mak a poke.
What to do with the poke ?

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