Pebble Chase





_5 to 30 or more players._



_Gymnasium; playground; out of doors._



One player, who is the leader, holds a small pebble between the palms

of his hands, while the others stand grouped around him, each with

his hands extended, palm to palm. The leader puts his hands between

the palms of each player, ostensibly to drop therein the pebble which

he holds, as in the game called "Button, button." The player who

receives the pebble is chased by the others, and may only be saved by

returning to the leader and giving the pebble to him. This chase may

begin as soon as the players suspect who has the pebble. Each player

should therefore watch intently the hands and faces of the others to

detect who gets it, and immediately that he suspects one, start to

chase him. It is therefore to the interest of the player who gets the

pebble to conceal that fact until the attention of the group is

distracted from him, when he may slip away and get a good start before

he is detected. He may do this whenever he sees fit, but may not delay

after the leader has passed the last pair of hands. The leader will

help to conceal the fact of who has the pebble by passing his hands

between those of the entire group, even though he should have dropped

the pebble into the hands of one of the first players.



If the pebble holder gets back to the leader and gives him the pebble

before being tagged, he continues with the group. If the pebble holder

is caught before he can get back to the leader, he must pay a forfeit

or change places with the leader, whichever method is decided on

before the game opens.



In a crowded playground it is well to require that the chasers follow

over exactly the same route as the pebble man. Under such conditions,

the game is more successful if limited to ten players to a group.



This game is from the modern Greeks. It is found to bear

transplanting excellently, being full of interest and sport.





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