The little boy's own book of sports and pastimes [extr. from The boy's own book, by W. Clarke].

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217. oldal - Twas allotted to man with his earliest breath, Attends at his birth and awaits him in death, Presides o'er his happiness, honour, and health, Is the prop of his house, and the end of his wealth. In the heaps of the miser 'tis hoarded with care, But is sure to be lost on his prodigal heir.
130. oldal - The full-grown condor measures, from the point of the beak to the end of the tail, from...
56. oldal - And be it enacted, that if any person shall at any time be found fishing against the provisions of this act...
217. oldal - Twas whispered in heaven, twas muttered in hell, And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell ; On the confines of earth 'twas permitted to rest, And the depths of the ocean its presence confessed.
217. oldal - Twill be found in the sphere when 'tis riven asunder, Be seen in the lightning, and heard in the thunder ; 'Twas allotted to man with his earliest breath, Attends at his birth and awaits him in death, Presides o'er his happiness, honour, and health, Is the prop of his house, and the end of his wealth.
18. oldal - I have been informed, that a pastime called stool-ball is practised to this day in the northern parts of England, which consists in simply setting a stool upon the ground, and one of the players takes his place before it, while his antagonist, standing at a distance, tosses a ball with the intention of striking the stool; and this it is the business of the former to prevent by beating it away with the hand, reckoning one to the game for every stroke of the ball ,if, on the contrary, it should be...
31. oldal - They place certain bones — the leg-bones of animals — under the soles of their feet, by tying them round their ankles ; and then, taking a pole shod with iron into their hands, they push themselves forward by striking it against the ice, and are carried on with a velocity equal to the flight of a bird, or a bolt discharged from a crossbow.
171. oldal - Cement the figure to the plane part of the hemisphere ; and, iu whatever position it is placed, when left to itself, it will rise upright. In this manner were constructed those small figures, called Prussians, sold at Paris : they were formed into battalions, and being made to fall down, by drawing a rod over them, they immediately started up again as soon as it was removed. We think, that the figure of a beau, or master of the ceremonies, is much more appropriate for this trick, than that of a soldier...
32. oldal - ... end, and it will rise with a rotatory motion, high enough for him to beat it away as it falls, in the same manner as he would a ball. There are various methods of playing the game of cat, but we shall only notice the two that follow.
45. oldal - ... 34. If any person stop the ball with his hat, the ball shall be considered as dead, and the opposite party shall add five notches to their score ; if any be run, they are to have five in all. 35. If the ball be struck, the striker may guard his wicket either with his bat, or his body.

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