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THE ALLIANCE HERALD, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1921
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CJAMES FOR THE CHILDREN AT CHRISTMAS
AT CHRISTMAS it seems especial
ly appropriate to resurrpct all
the old games, that have amused
children for ages past. Some of them
are best played out-of-doors, while
others may be played either within or
One of these, a general favorite, is
mentioned in one of the Christmas
celebrations in Dicken's "Pickwick
Papers," and still earlier in Washing
ton Irving's "Sketch Book." This is
'"Blind Man's Buff." Every one is so
familiar with this good old game which
will never lose its ability to amuse, so
that the rules for playing it need not
be given here.
"Hide and Seek" is another of these
old "standbys." One variation of this
frame might be mentioned here. We
children called it, "Cheese It." One
child was "It." At goal he covered hi3
eyes while he counted ten calling out
"'Cheese It" at the end of ten. He
then opened his eyes and anyone he
saw moving had to return to goal.
When all had disappeared from sight
he hunted until he found one of them,
whom he must precede to goal. This
child then became "It" and the game
a.uo ui wuinc, i duau in
teresting whether played indoors or
cut. "Fox and Geese," another old
favorite, is best played out in the
snow. A large circle is tramped in
the snow, with two diameters cross
ing it at right angles. The center thus
formed is "Safety." The Fox is chosen
nd is "It" as in other games. He
must (fatch one of the "geese". The
other children and the "geese," run
around and across the circle, no one
leaving the beaten patlis, of course.
Any one standing at "Safety" cannot
(be tagged, but he must leave at once
on the approach of another "goose."
Once a goose is tagged, he becomes
'fox" and must chase the others in
Several of the old games involve
running, which makes them just right
for out-of-doors in cold weather.
"Where there is a large group of chil
dren, that ancient pastime "Ran,
Sheep, Run" will be found lively and
full of interest 4
The children are evenly divided each
:group selecting a captain. Then there
as held a secret consultation of each
ide with its .respective captain, in
-which signals are arranged, Then one
group with its captain leaves for hid-,
ing. They travel for Borne distance,
marking their course with arrows in
chalk on side walks, fences, or build-
ings. When they are safely hidden
their captain returns to the other
group. The second group starts out to
find them, guided by the arrows. As ,
they continue, the captain of the hid-;
len children, calls signals which indi- j
cate how near the pursuers, are ap
proaching. When he thinks the pursu
ers are far onough from goal, he calls
"Run Sheep- Run!" The hidden group
then run into goal, while the others
htry to arrive first. If they so arrive
first, it then becomes their turn to hide.
There is something so fascinating
about this game that children will play
it for days running.
Young people of high school age are
all familiar with "Last Couple Out."
This is often played in summer but
can be just as interesting in vinter.
Where a barn dance was being held
this game could be easily managed in
doors, just so there was plenty of
space in which to play.
For those who may never have' in
dulged in this sport the simple rules
are here given. Boys and girls line
up as for a march, in pairs. The
front couple calls, "Last Couple out!"
The end couple of the line separate
and run forjposition at the front of
the line. The couple there try to
tag them before they reach it Fail
ing this, they drop out of the frame.
If they do tag the last couple before
they reach the front position tho.;e two
then drop out of the game. Thus the
game continues until one couplo is
For indoors, one form of charades is
called "New York." Here two p-roups
are necessary, each with a captain.
One group leaves the room, and select
ing a name;, or a word ' of several
syllables, arranges to act out the
syllables in sections. For instance take
the name "New-found-land". The first
first syllable can be handled in dia
logue in which the word "new" is men
tioned prominently. The second cun
be done in pantomime, a person "find
ing" something. The last, "land" can
be discovered in pantomomle.
Having decided on all the details,
the group, returns to the room where
the others are waiting. The captains
then carry through this dialogue.
. First, "Here we come!"
. Second, "Where from?"
First, "New York."
Second, "What's your trade."
First, "Lemonade." . ;
Second, "Give us some." '
This is the signal to start the dia
logue, or pantomine. The opposite
group try to guess the word which if
they do they immediately try to catch
or capture the first group. It is now
the second group's turn for pantomine.
If one starts to think of these old
games for use with children at Christ
mas several more will occur to him.
For . instance ."Farmer in the Dell,"
and "uck on the Rock'l and many,
many more. Games in which all can
enter seem the best, for that brings
up the Spirit of Christmas, - a jolly
good fellowship, a happy companion
ship of old and young together.
True Status of
Affairs at the
Big Chief Well
As is usual in such cases, a number
of rumors have been circulated con
cerning the Big Chief oil well recent
ly brought in near Rushville by a syn--dicate
composed of several hundred
small stockholders. Late rumors
have been to the effect that the well
Jiad been sold to the Midwest Refin
ing company, but the following, from
the pen of C. L. Mayes, editor of the
Rushville Standard and a director in
the syndicate, gives? the true status of
"When word was sent out to the
world that oil had been struck twenty-six
miles northwest of Rushville, it
caused a commotion such as is always
the case on the discovery of 'gold.'
Men of wealth and men who wanted
-wealth began pouring into Rushville
with all sorts of propositions Some
f these fellows were small Murphys
who imagined that by the gift of gab,
rnmhinnl with a Dot full of taffy and
irass tacks, they could close a deal
with the board of directors instantly.
The board, however, wa3 'next' to
these flimflabbers and hearkened to
their breathings with a grain of salt
At no time was a majority of the
board over-enthused, so acted care-
fully and considerately. They, at
least a majority of them, desired a
proposition that woul drelieve the Big
Jhief of an embarrassing situation
nd make every unit holder some
money, provide dthere was a dollar to
be made out of the project
' "Several consultations were held
and a proposition made by the Mid
west Oil company wherein the Big
dfief had everything to gain and no
thing to lose, wa saccepted by a ma-
l t tk kAord nftfMT Consulting
the best and most successful business
men of the community, as well as a
considerable number of the largest
EftrVhftiders. The proposition
' -was assailed by a few members who
never made a success oi anyuung iney
avm atfAimntorl tn An. and thev made
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o much noise that the elements ac
tually trembled. The board was in
dependent in the matter and lost much
valuable time in trying to do the right
thing. They gathered together and
calmly considered the matter, held t n-
I am weary of makinsr chance to
drop into telephone clots, of women
with salmon-colored stockings, of giv
ing the excuse that I am going to Bos
ton when I wish to avoid a dinner
party, of hearing about a friend's
bootlegger who , of checking my
hat in restaurants, of telling the taxi
driver where I live, of cutting my chin
every time I shave, of cudgeling my
brains to make a new drink with gin,
of telling women that I cannot
live without them. Life.
other meeting at" Dewing in order to'
have a full and undivided meeting,
and after the meeting, which lasted
well into the day, all agreed that the
proposition offered by the Midwest was
best, the safest and the only one that
"The five members consisted of H.
B.-Brown, J. E. Ostrander, C. L.
Mayes, L. W. Dodendorf and H. S.
Bradley. Albert Ostrander, chairman
of the Big Chief, and Ira Kelley, sec
retary, were also present Brown,
Ostrander and Maye3 were ready to
do business and prove the field. Brad
ley and Dodendorf assented, but re
fused to sign an agreement on the
grounds that they had openly declared'
that they would not enter into an
agreement of any kind without the
consent of the unit holders (which is
an utter impossibility) so the meet
ing adjourned as had several others,
without accomplishing anything, and
the Big Chief stands today just where
it stood from the start busted, broke,
with nothing doing.
"The editor of this paper, while
much interested in the development of
the country, stands today just where
he stood when the proposition of 'bor
ing for oil was hrst introduced, we
told several of our friends that it was
a good place to lose money and would
never amount to anything. We based
our judgment on experience and the
personal behind the movement Our
opinion has never chagned. A lot of
monkey work will be done, and be
cause of the attitude of a few know
nothings future generations will reap
a reward that properly belongs to the
men and women who in good faith
invested their earnings in an enter
prise that promised valuable returns."
On the other hand, certain varieties
of sharks are eaten by men and the
sharks never make a howl about it
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