This can scarcely be called a game, but the use of the sucker is so

familiar to most boys that a description of it is surely not out of

place in this chapter. A piece of sole leather is used, three or four

inches square. It is cut into a circle and the edges carefully pared

thin. A hole is made in the centre and a piece of string or top twine

is knotted and run through the hole. The sucker is then soaked in

water until it is soft and pliable. The object of the sucker is to

lift stones or bricks with it. This, too, is of especial interest in

New England towns, where there are brick sidewalks. The sucker is

pressed firmly on a brick by means of the foot, and it will be found

to adhere to it with sufficient force to lift it clear of the ground.

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