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Fire on the Mountains. [See "Round Tag," vol. ii. pp. 144-145.]
The players arrange themselves into a double circle with a space between each pair. The one at the back stands and the inside players kneel. Another player stands in the centre and cries out, " Fire on the mountain; run, boys, run !" Those players who are standing in the outer circle begin to run round, those kneeling remaining in that position. They continue running until the centre player cries u Stop !" They all then (including the centre player) make a rush to get a stand behind one of the kneeling players, the one who is left out going into the centre. — Auchterarder, N.B. (Miss E. S. Haldane).
This game may possibly suggest an origin for u Round tag," although the incident of "catching" or " touching" a runner does not appear, and the inner circle of players apparently are always stationary.
Fool, Fool, come to School. [Vol. i. p. 132.]
Played in the usual way with the following difference in the formula. The leader says, " Fool, foolie, come to your schoolie." When the fool comes, the leader says, " What have you been doing to-day ? " Fool says, " Cursin' and swearinV Fool is then chased off, recalled, and again questioned. Fool answers, u Suppin' my porridge and readin' my Bible." She is then welcome, and asked in the usual way to point out one from the school.—Aberdeen (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
Another formula sent me by Mr. C. C. Bell is to say, when the fool is sent back, " Fool, fool, go back to school, and learn more wit."
French Jackie, name for " Round Tag" and " Two and Threes," in Tyrie (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
Galloping, galloping to the fair,
Courting the girls with the red petticoats ;
Galloping, galloping all day long,
Courting the girls with the speckled petticoats.