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By Dan Beard

It is not necessary to gamble with marbles, as many suppose, and in fact there is little doubt that the game was first played "for keeps" centuries ago when pebbles were used for marbles and the pebbles won were only valued as trophies or counters. In reality a marble won is a point won in the game, and it is not necessary to keep the marbles after the game is over, any more than it is necessary to keep the balls and bats of the defeated base-ball players or the balls and rackets of the defeated tennis players or the footballs of the defeated football players.

What the American boy plays for is to win the game, not the implements of the sport. It is only the occasional "tough" who manages to get into the game who has the real instincts of the gambler, and he is the boy who always cries "grinder," and "snatches up " or "swipes" the marbles of smaller or more timid lads. Such a boy should be avoided just as respectable men avoid the gambler and black-leg.

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