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by Ernest Thompson Seton

This was evolved at the Great Central Lodge out of the old game of Slap-hand on a crack. A strong stick of timber 2 inches by 4, and 6 or 8 feet long, is set broadside up, with its ends resting on two chairs. The rival cats now approach on the 2 x 4 from opposite directions. With left hand behind their backs, they must slap with the right, hitting anywhere on the rival's right arm from hand to shoulder, each aiming to make the other cat fall off into the alley. 

Best 2 out of 3 is the winner. 

All head or body blows are fouls. 

When there is a deadlock, the referee may shout Clinch!" The cats lock hands, right in right, and soon a decision is reached by one or both going off in the alley. Sometimes, for variety, the players knock each other off with pillows.

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