A simple catch game is as follows. It is best if two of the company

know how to play it. One of the two is the leader and the other helps

her out.

The leader hands a closed pair of scissors to her accomplice, who

takes it and says: "I received these scissors uncrossed and I give

them crossed." (Opening the scissors as she speaks.) She passes them

to the player on her right who should say: "I receive these scissors

crossed and I give them crossed." (If they are left open; if closed,

they are uncrossed.) Those who do not know the game receive the

scissors and pass them and say what they think they ought. It may be

just what the player before said, but the condition of the scissors

may not be the same, and, therefore, it is not right.

Thus each one has a turn, and the game continues until some bright

player notices that the scissors are called crossed when they are open

and uncrossed when they are closed, and that the player who knows the

game crossed her feet if the scissors were crossed, and if not, her

feet were uncrossed, or resting on the floor as usual.

Thus the object of the game is to change the words and the position of

the feet in accordance with the position of the scissors.

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