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bundles and recorded your guesses I will
open each package and hold the contents
up to your view. You will then consult
your lists, and those who have hit on the
article will hold up their right hands, and
I will mark opposite each girl's name the
numbers that she guesses correctly. To
the one whose name has the most numbers
attached will be given a prize."

When all the bundles have been examined
and the guesses recorded, the hostess takes
up a bundle, announces its number, and

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after giving time to examine the lists, she

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opens the package and holds its contents
up to view. When she has credited the
number to those who have raised their right
hands she asks each unsuccessful guesser
to read out the name of the article assigned
to that particular number. Suppose that
the first bundle contains a peacock feather;
only a few persons will be likely to hit on
the right article, while the other guesses
may be very wide of the mark, so that the
reading will afford much amusement.

It is possible to vary this " Bundle
Party " by making of it an auction sale
instead of a guessing contest, and this
entertainment may prove quite as enjoya-
ble as those already described. To do this
it is necessary to appoint one of the elders
of the company auctioneer, and it is well in
doing this to select a person who has ready
vtit and is an easy speaker. Provide the
auctioneer with a mallet, and place on a
wooden table in front of him an assortment
of bundles and parcels of varying sizes and
shapes. To each guest must be given, on
arrival, a small bag, box, or basket con-

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taming either fifty or one hundred beans.
If there are many parcels and a limited
number of guests it will be better to give
each guest one hundred beans, as they will
then have plenty of currency for their pur-
chases. The only point to be especially
r-oserved is that each guest must receive
the same number of beans, so that there
may be no advantage given any individual.
The auctioneer, after the guesses have been
registered and before the parcels have been
opened, will hold the packages up for bids
from the assembled guests, the package in
each case being awarded to the highest
bidder. The opening of the parcels later
will add greatly to the merriment and
amusement of the guests, who will then
discover how wise or how foolish their
bids have been.


EVERY bright boy or girl likes a game
that exercises the wits. Here is a capital
one for a rainy day or a long evening :

A leader is chosen, and every player has
pencil and paper. The leader then selects

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a word, "Republican," for instance, and
each player writes all the geographical
names he can think of, beginning with
7?, the first letter of the word.

Three minutes is usually allowed for each
letter, though a longer or shorter time may
be fixed, if desired. AVhen the leader calls
"Time," every one should stop writing.

The leader then reads his column of
names, and as he calls a word, all others
who have it say " Yes," drawing a line
through it. If all have the \.ord, that is
the end of it ; but in case some have failed
t<> write it, then the fortunate ones who
have it, write after the word the number
of those who did not. When the leader
has finished, the player at his left reads
his remaining words, writing numbers after
them as before. Of course, he will get at
least one on everv word, since the leader


failed to have anv of them. If the next


player has any words left, he reads them,
^ettino; at least two on each; the next then

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reads his, and so on through the company.
Then each player adds the numbers at the
right of his words, setting down the total.

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Now, all being ready for the second
letter, the leader calls, "Begin," and all
proceed to write words which commenced
with E. When the leader calls "Time,"
the one at his left begins to read, counting
just as before. Each letter in the word is
treated in the same way, and when the last
is finished, each player adds his points, and
the one who has the most wins the game.
The company may be divided, so that half
shall combine against the other half. Then,
instead of an individual, it is a side that

The game will revive geographical knowl-
edge, for whenever a name is challenged,
the writer must tell something about it, and
in what part of the world it may be found.
One of the chief advantages of the game is
that it may be played by any number the
more, the merrier.


A BIG barn makes the best setting for a
Calico party, sheaves of grain and pyra-
mids of pumpkins decking the floors, stalks
of corn hanging from the rafters, and

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weird Jack-o'-lanterns grinning in dark

Cut and fold the calico the size of note
paper, and have the invitations printed
on the face of the sheet. Fashion the
envelopes of the same calico stiffened.
Calico may include lawns, ginghams, sat-
eens, and curtain calico, and the bizarre
air of the costumes lifts the party out of
the ordinary.

In various parts of this book there will be
found games suited to just such occasions,


THE old-time donkey party has sug-
gested a new form of evening entertain-
ment, namely, a u Heart Party." A large
heart made of red flannel cloth is pinned
upon a sheet hung from a door. In the
centre of the heart there is sewed a small
circle of white Arrows of white cloth
with pins placed therein are given to the
guests, each arrow bearing a number, the
number corresponding to a list whereon
the names and numbers of the guests are
placed. The point of the game, of course,

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is to see which person, when blindfolded,
will pin the arrow nearest to the central
spot of white. Four prizes may be offered
-oiie each for the lady and gentleman
coming the nearest to the centre, and one
each to those coming the farthest from the
bull's-eye. Appropriate prizes would be
a heart-shaped pincushion, a heart-shaped
photograph frame, a silver heart-shaped pin,
and a heart-shaped box of bonbons. A
good booby prize would be a Brownie hold-
ing a tiny heart, with an arrow inscribed
''Try, try again."


PHOTOGRAPHS of famous people, labelled
with names that do not belong to them,
may be handed about among a company
of persons for correction. What seems at
first glance to be a simple act of adjust-
ment, calls for considerable study and a
good memory. The portraits of Wagner,
Beethoven, Paderewski, Rubinstein, Ole
Bull, Whittier, Queen Victoria, Emperor
William of Germany, Gladstone, Shake-
speare. Milton, Dickens, Tennyson, Scott,

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Burns, Longfellow, Washington, Lafayette,
Napoleon, and others should be chosen.


CUPID'S target, an oracle of fortune to be
tested at a valentine party, should be set
up either in a spacious room, from which
all the furniture has been removed, or in a
cleared barn, if the festivities are held in
the country. The wooden frame should be


heart-shaped, and the centre of white mus-
lin. It should be painted with a three-inch
border of green; a second three-inch row
of black ; a third of yellow ; a fourth blue ;
fifth red. These simulate a succession of
hearts, one inside the other. A less expen-
sive frame mny be made of card, or heavy
pulp board, covered with cheap white cloth,
and then painted. Each arrow should be
decorated with a bit of colored ribbon,
:> different color for each, and the bows
decorated either to match or of a contrast-
ing color.

As the guests arrive the ladies choose
their arrows, and the gentlemen bows;
the bows and arrows which match desig-

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nate the partners for the evening. There
is always a charm in the expectation of a
chance partner, and each guest accepts his
or her fate gracefully.

The room in which the target is set up
should be lighted gayly with Chinese lan-
terns, and the target fastened securely in
place at one end of the room. When ready
to begin, the lanterns are lit, and the merry
fortune-seekers proceed, equipped with bows
and arrows, to learn their fate, each guest
having been provided with a fate-card of
two rhymed lines prepared by the hostess.
These cards are carefully consulted after


each shot. The cards, with their couplets
of prophecy, read as follows :

Love and riches wait. I ween,
Him or her who hits the green.

Arrow flits the yellow by :

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You '11 be married ere you die.

Should your arrow pierce the blue,
Love is on the wing for you.

Loveless, weeping little maid,
If her arrow pierces red.

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She who passes one and all,
Lovers many at her call.

He who passes one aud all,
His chance to wed is very small.

"When the shooting is over, the guests
are invited into another room, where a
little page presides over Saint Valentine's
magic wheel, and gifts dispatched from
Fun-land serve to minister balm to dis-
appointed archers.

Saint Valentine's wheel must be light in
weight, of medium size, and balanced on a
pole through the hub, so that it will turn
readily. The tire and the spoke should be
wound with ribbon. A variety of color adds
to its enchantment. Should economy be n
consideration, strips of cheesecloth will do.
Two little boys, one on each side of tl c
pole upon which the wheel revolves, guar
it. They may be dressed in blue and silver
gauze, with girdles of roses, gilt bows and
arrows, and silver wings. Saint Valentine
presides at the wheel, dressed as King of
Hearts, in a red coat, red and white striped
stockings, blue knee-breeches, cut in points

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and covered with hearts, a large satin collar
in the shape of two hearts, a red cap, hang-
ing sleeves, and sceptre all covered with
hearts. Ou each spoke of the wheel are
small cards numbered. As Saint Valentine
revolves the wheel swiftly, each guest in
turn seizes a card, souvenirs having been
prepared corresponding in number to the
cards. The favors should be as much alike
as possible, and of course of a character
that will be reminiscent of Saint Valentine.
After the souvenirs have been distributed
the refreshments should be served. They
may be either simole or elaborate, but the
color scheme of both table and refresh-
ments should be rose-colored and white.
The sandwiches may be cut heart-shaped,
and the cakes iced in rose-color or white.
Kisses, lady-fingers tied together with rose-
colored ribbons, and rose-colored bonbom,
in heart-shaped boxes, should be every-


A DEVICE not too much used to prove a
novelty in most homes, is the designating

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of each guest as he arrives with the name
of some noted character. A card with the
name upon it is pinned on the shoulder;
this is referred to by the others in con-
versation, but is not examined by the
wearer. From the remarks addressed to
him he is to guess whether he is personat-
ing Buffalo Bill, Mr. Cleveland, Chauncey
J\l. Depew, or possibly some local celebrity,
being expected to wear the card until he is


Ax entertaining game, called " Book
Reviewing," is similar to the old-fashioned
o-fime of " Consequences," and is played as
follows : Each guest writes an author's name
on a slip of paper, which is folded over and
passed to the one who sits next to her, who
writes the title of a book; the paper is again
folded and passed to another, who writes
:i criticism upon it. Of course, as many
slips are made use of as there are partici-
pants in the game. When these papers
are read the jumble of authors, books, and
reviews is most amusing.

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A few actual samples are here given:
Author, "Samuel Johnson;" book, " Alice
in Wonderland;'' 1 criticism, "-Never since
the days when Homer hawked his c Iliad '
through the streets of Greece has any lit-
erary work so carried the world by storm.
We sincerely doubt if in the ages to come
anything will exceed it." Author, " Rider
Haggard ; " book, "Dictionary ; " criticism,
" The tone is weak, the characters impossi-
ble, and the plot exceedingly unnatural.
There is really hardly a readable page in
the whole book."


A LIVELY game is " Buzz! " The guests
are seated around the dining- table. The
one at the head of the table begins by say-
ing "One," the next "Two," and so on;
only the seventh person and every multiple
of seven must remember to say " Buzz '
instead ; if they fail to do this they drop
out of the ring, and the next begins with
"One "again. The sport of the game is
to remember " seven " or the multiple, viz. :
fourteen, twenty -one, twenty-eight, thirty-

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five, and so oil. The one who holds out the
longest is to receive a prize ; the first to fall
out of the ring is awarded the booby prize.

HERE is an entertainment requiring rather
unusual preparations ; still, the novelty of
the affair is worth the trouble and expense.
Have your invitations worded thus :


I am making up a party for a winter tour in the
United States. It will be very select, and I should
like the pleasure of numbering you among the tour-
ists. It will be perfectly safe for you to come alone,
as I shall have an unlimited number of chaperons on

I have had large experience in all modern modes
of travel, having frequently gone on extended trips
on the trolley lines. Being a linguist of no mean
ability I can act as interpreter to any form of the
" United States " language.

The expense will be slight.

The porter has agreed to be paid only in his own
coin, and has magnanimously offered to gi Tr e as good
as the guests may send-

The cars are well lighted, evenly heated by furnace,
and built for use.

The train will start from my home on ,

at 8:30 P. M.

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Meals are included.

The itinerary includes stops at most of the leading
cities and points of interest in the United States,

The accompanying coupon will entitle you to a
ticket and all the privileges of the party. Present it
at the ticket-office on the evening of the start.

Yours respectfully,

Guests are supposed to go to such a
party in travelling costumes. Upon enter-
ing the hall they find a screened corner, with
the conventional ticket-window where tickets
are issued. The hostess stands near by,
ready to hand the wraps over to the bag-
gage-master. The parlor has been trans-
formed into a waiting-room, and there is a
gatekeeper to restrain the passengers from
entering the sitting-room, or parlor- car.
The tickets are of the regulation length,
and printed on green paper, as follows :




This ticket is not transferable, revor.sihle, nor sala-
ble. It must be signed by the person to whom it is

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The company will not be responsible for cattle
killed by the carelessness of passengers who throw
sandwiches out of the window.

Doctors are not provided, but if you have the grip
it can be checked by the baggage-master.

The porter is a pirate who deserves no quarter.

If the ventilation is not sufficient tell your wife.

You are prohibited in this State from standing or,
the platform.

The conductor will not punch this ticket.

The stations at which this train stops are:

1 Where all have beau. [Boston.]

2 The greatest engineering feat. [Wheeling.]

3 An improvement on the ship which grounded
on Mount Ararat [Newark.]

4 A military defence, and a Paris dressmaker.
[Fort Worth]

5 A city whose end and aim is " go." [Chicago.]

6 Our board of city fathers, also a precipice.
[Council Bluffs.]

7 An accident which results in a ducking. [Fall

8 An exclamation, an appeal to maternity, a laugh.

D An opera encore. [Sing Sing.]

10 Named for the King of France who reigned
from 1226 to 1270 A. n. [Louisville ]

1 1 A deceased farmer who was twice dictator of
Rome. [Cincinnati.]

12 Named for an ancient city whose downfall after
a long siege avenged the abductiou of a woman.

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13 A place for the lingerers. [Tarrytown.]

14 Named for the father of our country. [Wash

15 A high place, and what all children love.
[Mount Desert.]

16 A superlative, and rushing waters. [Grand

17 A girl's nickname, and relations by hlood or
marriage. [Nankin.]

18 A purely American product, and a continuous
structure. [Cornwall.]

19 A girl's name, and a Roman garment. [Sara-

Attached to each ticket there is a lead
pencil, and blank spaces are left in which
answers are to be written. Of course, in
the original tickets the answers are nou
given. Promptly at eight- thirty the pas-
sengers, who have by that time assembled,
are allowed to pass through the gate into
the sitting-room, and take seats in the
parlor-car; then when all are seated a
whistle is blown, the conductor calls "All
aboard," a bell is rung, and the party is
supposed to have started.

At the proper time the conductor calls
out that the train has stopped, and the
company repair to the parlor, to listc i to

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music while the train crew determine which
passenger has guessed the greatest number
of places on the route ; the reward being
a miniature travelling-bag. Then refresh-
ments are served.


MISQUOTED quotations afford mental
occupation for lovers of poetry. Write out
on slips of paper certain much-read verses
from "Maud IJuller," "The Psalm of
Life," Tennyson's "Maud," Shakespeare's
plays, Dickens's or Thackeray's novels,
etc. Change a few words, or even a whole
line, and see who can recall exactly the
original language.


A CONGENIAL employment for people
whose thoughts turn to art is to recall in


a stated time the names and painters of
familiar masterpieces. Copies of these,
numbered (prints or cheap photographs
answer every purpose), should be displayed
about the room as if it were an art exhibi-
tion. Cards and pencils should be pro-

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vided for noting guesses. Millet's " Ange
lus," Munkacsy's "Christ Before Pilate,"
Raphael's " Sistine Madonna," Murillo's
"Immaculate Conception," Rubens's "De-
scent from the Cross," Lepage's "Joan
of Arc," Paul Potter's "Bull," Millais'
" Princes in the Tower," may be included
m a list of famous works.


THE game of "Telegrams" may be
played by asking each one of your guests,
in turn, to suggest the initial letters that
shall compose the words of the message.
Here is an example, one made use of nt
an impromptu gathering. The letters fur-
nished were C. T. M. M. W. B. H. C. P. T.
S. T. D., and the message one person made
from them was : ' 4 Come Thanksgiving morn-
ing. Mother will be here. Come prepared
to stay to dinner."


A XEW version of the old game of
"Crambo," which Webster defines as a

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word given, to which another finds a rhyme,
is the following : One writes a question,
folds the paper over, as in the game of
" Book Reviewing," and passes it on. The
next adds a noun, folds again, and again
passes it to his neighbor, who must write a
rhyme in which the question is answered,
always weaving in the noun.


An example given at one party will
suffice to illustrate : -

The question was: " Where are you go-
ing, my pretty maid?"

The noun written after the first folding
was "Gurndrops," and here is the rhyme:

"A maiden chanced on a sunny day
To cross the field where I raked the hay,
Her cheeks were rosy, her hair was brown
And she looked a queen in her russet gown,
' Where are you going ? ' I asked the lass.
' To buy some gumdrops, please let me pass.'
So I stood aside and she went her way,
But I often think of that sunny day,
And that queenly girl with her hair of brown,
Who charmed me so in her russet gown."

The author of the above never had
claimed to be a rhymester.

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A PRETTY use for quotations is to twist
pieces of different shades of green tissue
paper into the shape of lettuce leaves, and
place them in a salad bowl having pre-
viously pasted upon each a short quotation.,
written distinctly on white paper and
pass them about as a salad, inviting each
partaker thereof to guess the name of the
author whose quotation adorns the lettuce
leaf which he has chosen.


AT "A Book-Title Hunt" the guests
will iind the parlor filled with the queerest
collection of miscellaneous articles that ever
was seen in so daintv a room. Tables, the


mantel, the top of the piano, the window
curtains and portieres every available
spot may bear some article that certainly
does not belong there; upon the walls
there may appear photographs, engravings,
and cards with parts of magazine adver-
tisements pasted upon them, apparently

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arranged haphazard, with no regard to
harmony of subject or color.

It will be bewildering at first, but that
there is method in this apparent madness
will be shown by the fact that some of the
articles about the room are placed in little
groups, while others stand by themselves,
each group or separate article bearing a
number, as does each of the pictures upon
the walls. Each guest is furnished with a
pencil and two or three sheets of paper
held together at the top by a silken thread.
Down the left-hand side of each sheet are
the figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc., covering
the number of titles that are to be hunted

When all the guests have arrived the
hostess strikes a bell, and the "hunt"
begins. But where are the books? Look-
ing on one of the tables for some favorite
volume one may perhaps see a slender
crystal vase holding a flower of saffron
hue, while near by is carelessly laid a
string of tiny brass bells. Pinned to a
curtain there may be a half-length portrait
of General Grant.

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A few moments suffice for every one to
catch the spirit of the grime, and merry
groups are soon wandering from table to
mantel, thence to another table, stopping
on the way to examine the mystic symbols
on the walls. Every now and then a little
scream of delight will indicate that a fair
hunter has solved some mystery.

At one party a puzzled group collected
about a card on the mantel on which were
pasted the tails of a horse, a dog, and a
bird, all cut from advertisements ; not
quite so baffling a problem was a child's
toy, a small gray cottage, to which some
ingenious hand had contrived to add seven
artificial points. The top of the piano had
upon it the most incongruous collection of
things possible: a china plate, upon which
were placed some small pieces of bright
coal ; the crown of an old straw hat ; a
pile of ragged oak leaves ; a doll dressed
in red and gray, and a tiny pastry-board,
upon which rested two small bits of well-
kneaded dough.

A limit of time had been fixed before
the game began, and when it had expired,

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one of the gentlemen of the party called
out from a complete list, furnished by the
hostess, first the number, and then the title
of the book belonging to it. The gue?t>
checked off the rm'ht titles they had dis-

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covered upon their lists, and upon com-
paring notes the one who had guessed the
largest number of titles correctly received
the first prize, a handsome copy of " Un-
familiar Japan, while the booby the
lowest on the list became the proud pos-
sessor of " Mother Goose," bound in linen.
One list of guesses bore these names :

1 - A Yellow Aster."

2 "The Bells."

3 " Half a Hero."

4 " Terminations."

5 " House of the Seveu Gables."
ti " Black Diamonds."

7 " The Crown of Straw."

8 ' Torii Leaves."

9 " In Scarlet and Grey."
lu "Dodo."

The game may be played like progressive
eiiehre by dividing the company into groups
of four or six, having a certain number of
articles on each table, and allowing only a

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certain limit of time before group Dumber
one moves on to table number two, stop-
ping when each group has visited every


IT was the mother of quite a large family
who declared, " I can bring up a whole
family with a pair of scissors and a muci-
lage bottle," and she was not very far
from right. Bright days, as a rule, take
care of themselves ; there are so many

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