Cat I' The Hole[m]

[M] Jamieson's "Scottish Dictionary."

The name of a game well known in Fife, and perhaps in other counties. If

seven boys are to play, six holes are made at certain distances. Each of

the six stands at a hole, with a short stick in his hand; the seventh

stands at a certain distance, holding a ball. When he gives the word, or

makes the sign agreed upon, all the six must change holes, each running

to his neighbour's hole, and putting his stick in the hole which he has

newly seized. In making this change, the boy who has the ball tries to

put it into the empty hole. If he succeeds in this, the boy who had not

his stick (for the stick is the cat) in the hole for which he had run

is put out, and must take the ball. When the Cat is in the Hole, it

is against the laws of the game to put the ball into it.

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