Ring Taw





Two or three boys with marbles could never have difficulty in hitting

on a game to play with them, but the best regular game for several

players is "Ring Taw." A chalk ring is made on as level a piece of

ground as there is, and each player puts a clay on it at regular

distances from each other. A line from which to shoot during the first

round is then drawn two yards or so from the ring, and the game begins

by the player who has won the right of leading off (a real advantage)

knuckling down on the line and shooting at one of the marbles in the

ring. If a player knocks a marble out of the ring, that marble is his

and he has the right to shoot again from the place where his taw comes

to a stand; but if in knocking a marble out of the ring his taw

remains in it (or if his taw remains in it under any condition

whatever), he has to put all the marbles he has won into the ring, in

addition to one for a fine, and take up his taw and play no more till

the next game. There is one exception to this rule: If only one marble

is left in the ring, and if, in knocking it out, a player's taw

remains in the ring, he does not suffer, because the game is then

over. The other two rules are these: If a player succeeds in hitting

the taw of another the owner of that taw not only must leave the game

but hand over any marbles he has won. (In no case are taws parted

with.) Also, if it happens that only two players are left, and one of

these has his taw hit, that ends the game, for the player who hit it

not only has the marble of the taw's owner but all the marbles left in

the ring too.



"Ring Taw" can be played by as few as two players; but in this case

they must each put several marbles in the ring.



To decide which player is to begin, it is customary for them all to

aim at the ring from the knuckling-down line, and whichever one places

his taw nearest to the middle of the ring has the right to lead.





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