The Cushion Dance

The children first of all divide themselves into two parties. They then

form a ring, and commence dancing round a hassock which is placed, end

upwards, in the middle of the room. Suddenly one party endeavours to

pull the other party forward, so as to force one of their number to kick

the hassock and upset it.

The player who has been unfortunate enough to touch the hassock has then

to leave the circle. The game proceeds until only two remain; if these

two happen to be boys the struggle is generally prolonged, as they can

so easily jump over the hassock, and avoid kicking it.

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