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Handy, Dandy
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By Dan Beard

It seems absurd that any one should deem it necessary to describe in detail this method of deciding a disputed point, but the author has written a great many things for boys, and consequently learned much by experience. He knows that he will be forgiven much more readily for describing something the reader is perfectly familiar with than he will for taking it for granted that the reader knows all about it, which, if true, would do away with the necessity of books altogether.

Throw up a cent or other coin and cry "Heads or tails?" Your playmate must make his choice and call out his guess while the coin is in the air. Then both stoop and examine the piece of money as it rests on the ground. If the side with the date on it is up, that is "heads"; if the other side is up, it is " tails." If your playmate's guess was correct, he has first choice for sides in the game you are about to play; otherwise you have first choice.

When this game is used for counting out, each one goes free who makes a lucky guess, and each one who fails tosses the coin for the next one to guess. If at any time the coin does not lie flat on the ground, but rests wholly or partly upon its edge, that toss does not count, and it must be tossed over again.

When all the boys but one have gone free, the boy who is left is "It."







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