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by Ernest Thompson Seton

Stung, or Step on the Rattler:
Sometimes Called Poison 

This is an ancient game. A circle about three feet across is drawn on the ground. The players choose sides, possibly one band against another, and place themselves alternately holding hands, to make a ring around this, and try to make one of the number step into the poison circle. He can evade it by side-stepping, by jumping over, or by dragging another into it. 

Each one who steps in the circle is stung and sits down. 

Sometimes we use a newspaper with a switch lying across it. When all on one side have been stung, the other side become the Rattlers, and may sting each of the others with the switch across their hands. Or else all the losing side must run around the Council Ring three times while the winners slap them behind. 

If the game is dragging because the players let go, we make a shackle, i.e., a 6-inch circle of small rope, one between each 2 players, the hand of each hooked into it. When they break, the one without the shackle is responsible and considered stung. 

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