Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHINQUAPIN HUNTS 283
Play called "Grind the Bottle." or "Move House" a pawn play in which
there is one more player than seats. The fun of the game consists in dis-
possessing in the course of the play all the seated, & then producing a
general scramble for the attainment of a seat. "The Whiffling Pin," is a
game played with a plate. The parties are all named from the birds. One
is blue, another red, another black bird. He who begins the game spins
the plate & while it is spinning he calls, saying I (sparrow) his nom
de plume "I turn Sparrow, who turns Redbird." Redbird thus designated
must run up & seises [sic] the plate before it falls, renewing its evolutions
& saying "I turn Redbird, who turns Blue Bird."&c. He or she who suf-
fers the plate to fall or cease whirling before seizing pays the usual
penalty[.]