The Boy's Book of Sports and Games

Uncle John

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Excerpt from The Boy's Book of Sports and Games: Containing Rules and Directions

Having provided yourselves with marbles, called bonces, let the one agreeing to commence the game, roll his marble a short distance. His adversary then shoots at it, and so on in rotation until one or other wins it, by striking the marble the number of times agreed upon.

Spanning.

This is played with any kind of marble. The one agreeing to commence, shoots his marble as far as he likes. His opponent then shoots in his turn, endeavouring to strike the one first shot, or shoot it so close that he can touch both at a span; if he can, he wins; and so on in succession, until one or other wins.

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