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By Dan Beard

The number of corners depends upon the number of players. If you have six boys, then there are three corners, making the boundaries of a triangular form. If you have eight boys, then there are four corners, and the boundaries form a square. There should be more than four players because with this number you would have only two bases and the boundaries would be a straight line.

The Ins take the bases and the Outs group themselves inside the triangle, square, or whatever the figure may be formed by the corners, The Ins pass the ball around the corners, throwing and catching until they see a good chance to hit one of the Outs grouped inside the boundaries. The ball is then thrown at the Outs, and if it hits one he is out of the game. But, if it misses, the thrower is out of the game. But, if one of those in the center catch the ball, there is a laugh and the ball is thrown back to a corner man with no score either way.

When all of one side are put out of the game the opposite side has won, and all are entitled to a throw with the ball at the boy on the losing side who was first put out. The victim stands with head down and back arched facing a wall, while the victors line themselves at thirty feet distant and take turns "burning" the captive--that is, hitting him with the ball--if they can. It must be remembered that the dangerous base-ball is never used in these games, and the other ball does no injury to the lad struck.







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