Tip-cat





Is a game played with sticks of a certain length and a piece of wood

sharpened off at each end, which is called the "cat." A ring is made on

the ground with chalk, or the pointed part of the cat, which is then

placed in the centre. One end being smartly struck by the player, it

springs spinning upwards; as it rises it is again struck, and thus

knocked to a considerable distance. It is played in two ways, one being

for the antagonist to guess how many sticks length it is off the ring,

which is measured, and if right he goes in; or he may elect to pitch the

cat, if possible, into the ring, which if he succeeds in doing, he then

has the pleasure of knocking the wood called the cat recklessly, he

knows not whither, until it alights somewhere, on something or some one.





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