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but Very Little of War Games 85 . . 9 II Wonderful 33 III Of the Building of Cities . . . 51 IV Funiculars. The Toys to Have The Game Islands of the .CONTENTS Section I Page . Marble Towers. Castles and War Games.


.. 84 . Behind can be seen the Zoological Gardens .. 18 whose portals are guarded by grotesque plasticine monsters 30 A A view showing the raid of the Negroid savages upon the white settlers of Pear general view of Tree Island City. Town 72 The School of Musketry.ILLUSTRATIONS FACING PAGE A A A general view of the Wonderful Islands.. in On the terrace the Guard parades honor of the two mayors . R.'s ship at anchor. W. Frontispiece view showing the Island of the Temple and the invasion of the Indian territory by Captain close view of the temple. P W. G. showing Captain F. showing the Cherry 40 Chamois Tree Inn and the shopping quarter 50 62 The The railway station at Blue terraced hill End on which stands the Town Hall.




and the home that has no floor upon which games may be played falls so far short of happiness.THE TOYS TO HAVE The jolliest indoor games for boys and girls demand a floor. It must be a floor covered with linoleum stand or cork carpet. so that toy soldiers and up upon it. and of a color and surface that will take and show chalk marks. the common greensuch-like will colored cork carpet without a J^*5 .

Upon such a — ! floor may be made an infini- tude of imaginative games. a girls happy for days but building up framework of life. It must be no highway to other rooms. not only keeping boys and together. I am going to tell of some of these games and what is most . alas it must be and then a truce to scrubbed Floor Games. Occasionally. and well lit and airy.io FLOOR GAMES is pattern the best of all. spacious and inspiring ideas in them of for after The men to-morrow will gain new strength from nursery floors.

to play


them 5 I have tried them all and a score of others like them with my sons, and all of the games here illustrated have been set out by us. I am going to tell of them here because I think what we have done will interest other fathers and mothers, and perhaps be of use to them (and to uncles and such-like tributary subspecies of humanity) in buying

presents for their

own and


people's children.


the toys

play with

time after time, and in a thou-

sand permutations and combi-




belong to four main have (i) Solgroups. diers, and with these I class










generally, such as


ently describe in greater detail

Boards and Planks; and (4) a lot of Clockwork Railway Rolling-Stock




Also there are minor o b j ec ts certain tin ships, Easter eggs, and the like of which I shall make incidental mention, that like the kiwi and the duck-billed platyRails.









These we arrange and rearrange in various ways upon our floor, In making a world of them. doing so we have found out


of pleasant





undesirable possibili-

probably our
a reader

experience will

here and there to the


and save him from the latter. For instance, our planks and boards, and what one can do with them, have been a great discovery. Lots of boys and girls seem to be quite without planks and boards at all, and



trade in

The is we think. The planks and boards we have began are of various sizes. them. i 4 FLOOR GAMES The toyshops. We pieces like small doors . our present exbest thickness. with three of two yards by one they were made with cross boards. are the basis of half the games we play.. an inch for the larger sizes and three-quarters . we found. but these large. and our which we had to get made by a carpenter. did not keep anything of the kind we wanted. we found unnecessarily and we would not get after them now perience.

and eighteen inches square one or two of each.. and a greater number of smaller ones. THE TOYS TO HAVE 15 — and a half inch for the smaller and the best sizes are a yard square. 9 x 9. railway or they roof in or stations serve as bridges. in such manner as I will . thirty inches square. With 1 8 x 9. or we make a large island or a couple on the Venice pattern. or we pile the smaller on the larger to make hills when the floor is a level plain. two feet. and 9 x 44 the larger ones we make islands and archipelagos on our floor while the floor is a sea.

as tell These I will later. holes have their uses. again. a little larger than an ordinary gimlet hole. At about every four inches is a hole. bricks. but now let me get on to the box of This. came to us by gift from two generous %fi 15 L / . which is our box of bricks. And these boards of ours pass into our next most important possession.i6 FLOOR GAMES presently illustrate. that all the thicker and larger of these boards have holes bored through them. (But I was nearly forgetting to tell this.) wasn't a toyIt shop acquisition.

I have never learned nor cared to learn of his commoner occupations. know nothing cerI tainly of this man except that he was a Radford of Plymouth. . when we consider our derived and undeserved share of his in- had one OF" jS. 17 unhappily growing up and very tall at that. At times.THE TOYS TO HAVE friends. and they it from parents who were of several families who shared in the benefit of a Good Uncle. but certainly he was one of those shining and distinguished uncles that tower up at times above the common levels of humanity.

8 1 FLOOR GAMES it heritance and count the joys gives us. What this great benefactor did was to en- gage a deserving unemployed carpenter through an entire winter making big boxes of wooden bricks for the almost innumerable nephews and nieces with . in jest we have projected little half and half in earnest the putting together of a ex- emplary book upon the subject Celeof such exceptional men brated Uncles^ it should be called . and it should stir up all : who least read it to some striving at towards the glories of the avuncular crown.



there are and there are quarters called by those previous owners (who have now ascended to. a happier life near the ceiling) "piggys. but we can must have hundreds. pave a dozen square yards of We floor with them. — but scarcely believe. .THE TOYS TO HAVE 19 which an appreciative circle of brothers and sisters had blessed him. There are whole bricks 4! inches x i\ x i|. we hope half bricks 2§ x 2| x i|. and never of each size — we have counted them." note You into how these sizes fit the sizes of our boards.






despise the



of the toyfor


a decent

are too small to




the poorest lead soldiers, even
there were hundreds of them,

and there are never enough, never nearly enough; even if you take one at a time and lay it down and say, "This is a house," even then there are not enough. We see rich people, rich people out of motor cars, rich people beyond the dreams of avarice, going into toyshops and buying skimpy, these sickly, ridiculous pseudo-boxes



of bricklets, because they do

know what




and the toyshops are just the merciless mercenary enemies of youth and happiness so




as bricks are con-

Their unfortunate unoffspring der-parented mess about with these gifts, and don't make very much of them, and put them away; and you see their consequences in after life in the weakly-conceived villas and silly suburbs that people have built all round big cities. Such poor undernourished nurseries must needs ^

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back upon the Encyclopedia /\ Britannica^ and even that is becoming flexible on India paper! But our box of bricks almost satisfies. With our box of bricks we can scheme and build, all three of us, for the part of the hour, and best still have more bricks in the

So much now

for the bricks.




how we



paper and cardboard

and other things to help in our building, and of the decorative make of plasticine. use we




goes without say-

There has been an enormous improvement in our national can physique in this respect. made-up wooden and pasteboard sold in shops — castles that are playing with them body state is like playing with somein else's dead game a of rigor mortis. 23 we despise those fool- expensive.THE TOYS TO HAVE ing that ish. the com- parison with magnificent beings buy to-day. Now . little Let me now about toy soldiers and the world to which say a they belong. flat. Toy soldiers used to be in small creatures in my own one boyhood.

quests. and other colored be- coats to F. W. We three those of British manufac- ture best. other makes are of sizes. for a small like price. W. You get five of them mounted or nine afoot in a box face. incompatible that and we have trouble. a rule that saves all much red coats all belong to all gifts.. and accidents notwithstanding..2 4 FLOOR GAMES nearly two they stand the inches high and look you broadly in and they have the movable arms and alert intelligence of scientifically exercised men. R. Also we have sailors j . G. P.

. tigers. since there are sailors. We 1 and elephants of a reasonably corresponding size. cats. 25 no red-coated blue counts as red. for are special rules." Indians. But we want civilians very badly. Then we have " beefeaters.' THE TOYS TO HAVE but. and we have also several boxes of railway porters. whom there We find we can buy lead dogs. cattle. camels. found a box of German The warders . lions. in the Tower of London are is called " beefeaters " the origin of the term obscure. and some soldiers we bought in Hesse-Darmstadt that we pass off on an unsuspecting home world as policemen. horses. Zulus.

a top-hatted gentle- — man. (which in too gentlemen tweed suits carry- ing bags.General Toyland. They do not seem to be made at all will toy manufacturers please I note? noting trade. but we have never been able to find any more. and to right size running apiece nearly is five cents dear). two children. write now in as if I were Consul . the but rather heavy.26 civilians FLOOR GAMES once in a shop. and a dog. our little world suffers . for new opportunities Consequent upon this dearth. and so on. ladies in gray and white.

Leo Maxse. I wish. please Lord Roberts and Mr. a white baker with a loaf of standard bread. and even the grocer This might wears epaulettes. It is true that we can buy Salvation Army lasses and football players^ but we are . could do with a judge and lawyers. boxes of street traffic. a merchant or so . and so forth. smart sets. or a box of We vestrymen. but it certainly does not please us. indeed. boxes of servants.THE TOYS TO HAVE 27 from an exaggerated curse of militarism. that we could buy boxes of tradesmen: a blue butcher.

of our railways. in uniforms and And lastly. have. We scouts. They drive us to reviews. us.28 FLOOR GAMES to cold both of these. swashbuckling soldiery that pervades perors. and very silly small boys who can take an un- dying interest reviews. and it is only emkings. of course. marching. boy With such boxes of civilians we could have much more fun than with the running. let me merely remark here that we have always insisted upon one uniform gauge and everything we buy fits into and .

Of course. worthless uncles than a heap of railway toys of different gauges and natures in the children's playroom. or we have. you of one me . And now so. Actual games of the kind I am illustrating here have been played by us. 29 our existing railway Nothing is more indicative of the wambling sort of parent and a coterie of witless. in this I have to be a little artificial.THE TOYS TO HAVE develops system. having told you of let the material tell two games (out of the innumerable many) that we have played.

into which love-engendering But we have tried our best to set them out again and recall the good points in them here. those games.3° FLOOR GAMES a time. happiness must . many and many with joy and happy invention and no thought of publication. into that vaguely luminous and iridescent world all of memories go. They have gone now.

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We then dress our islands. tribute in We dis- our boards about the sea an archipelagic manner. objecting strongly to too close a scru- .THE GAME OF THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS In sea. and the other half goes to his brother. its Olympian). this game Half of — the floor is the rather the larger half because of right some instinctive primogeniture to the — is assigned elder of my two sons (he is. as it were.

most advanced and is chiefly temple. That temple has a flat diversified by domes made of half Easter eggs and card- &OOU-SQ. illustration.NVJ- . roof.34 FLOOR GAMES proceedings until tiny of our we have done. There are altogether four islands. on the verge of exploration. and the nearer ones are the more northerly 5 it is as many to in as we could get into the camera. The is northern island the right civilization. is Here. two to the reader's right and two to the left. in the such an archiits pelago ready for or rather explorers.

designed by G. also by a free hand W. the portals. to the gigan- idols inside. W. grotesque plasticine Note monsters who guard G. They are nothing.. the right is To a tropical thatched . 35 These are sur- mounted by decorative work of a flamboyant character in plasticine. An the oriental population crowds the courtyard and pours out upon the roadway. who had the with architecture of this remarkable specimen of eastern religiosity. P. P. out of the reach of the sacrilegious camera.THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS board cones. you may be tic sure.

itants Its human its inhabbeasts as are scattered. All that comes into the house is saved for us. He is a dismounted cavalry-corps man.a 36 hut. The owner that — of the hut lounges outside the door. cow. follow a precarious living wild guinea-pigs on the islands to the south. really FLOOR GAMES The that thatched nice roof is ribbed paper comes round bottles priceless boon to these games. I may belonged to a little wooden farm we bought in Switzerland. . His fence. and he owns one note.

and not nearly such spirited . trees These in we make of trees twigs taken from and bushes the garden. and we could get nothing for this set out but jasmine and pear. in Formerly we little lived A a house with a wood were re- close by. Both have wilted a are little.THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS Your directed 37 attention to is particularly about and behind the temple. and stuck into holes in our boards. which thicken to a forest on the furthe trees ther island to the right. and our forests wonderful. stricted to Now we are our garden.

down and look a less settled country wild than the island of the temple. With good garden to draw upon one can make terrific and then lie through them at lonely horsemen or wandering beasts. you is note. there.38 trees as fir FLOOR GAMES you can make out of It is trees. No tin trees can ever a be so plausible and various and jolly as these. That further island on the right is sombre woods. for these woods chiefly that we have little our planks perforated with holes. run there a sort of dwarf . for instance. Camels.

a red parrot. and other such creatures. clearly and the only is settler visible the man in a rifleman's uni- . It is those which have attracted white settlers suppose they are). whose (I thatched huts are to be seen in- both upon the beach and land.THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS elephant. but a raid of negroid is savages from the adjacent island to the left in progress. The peartrees are fine. of lead and wood. similar 39 to the now finds extinct kind of which one skeletons in Malta. pigs. By lie beach on the a number of pearthe huts tree logs.

who small — the he is but perceptible to the . is a rocky wilderness containing caves. Their cross They chief food in pursuit will is the wild-goat. but of these creatures you also sometimes sits find brown bear. made simply of a strip of cardboard. are the supports he seeks. These same negroid savages are as bold as they are ferocious. arms of the sea upon their rude canoes. peeping out among the trees. Beyond. the one to the south-left. Their own island.4o FLOOR GAMES form running inland for help.

o ^3 .


Finally comes the island nearest to the reader on the left. but by Indians. This also is wild and rocky. R. mouth Here. out of ordia white .THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS careful student 41 — of will his cave. W. and you will also note a whirlpool between the two islands to the right. made by F. Sunken rocks off this island are indicated by foam which takes the form of letters. too. happier days the inhabitants of that Swiss farm. you in the distinguish small guineain pig-like creatures of wood. whose tents. inhabited not by negroid blacks.

obtained by the melting down of hopelessly broken soldiers in an iron spoon. but great nuggets of metal. It is an island of exceptional interest are to be them * . have great mineral wealth. island.42 FLOOR GAMES nary brown paper and adorned with chalk totems of a rude and characteristic their fierce kind. Among found not only sheets and veins of silver paper. Note. pour forth in- and well-armed habitants at the intimation of an invader. let The rocks on this me remark. the peculiar and romantic shell beach of this country. too.

W. P. serve. Then we build ships and explore these islands. The ships are built out flat of our wooden bricks on keels made of two wooden pieces of 9 x 4! inches. This is how the game would be set out. is Captain G. which are very convenient to push about over the floor. The Indians. but in these pictures the ships are represented as already arriving.THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS to the geologist 43 and scientific explorer. you ob- have domesticated one leaden and one wooden cow. steaming into the bay be- tween the eastern and western .

R. FLOOR GAMES He carries bristles his ship heavy guns. two of our all too No doubt the rare civilians. suspect him of Imperialist Captain F.44 islands. I note on his deck a lady and a W: gentleman (of German origin) with a bag.) is W. His ship is of a apparently slightly more pacific type. anchor between his northern and southern islands. at intentions. the (I who appear to be blazing away for mere love of the thing. bag contains samples and a small conversation dictionary in . with an ex- tremely aggressive soldiery.

see how the game goes We land and alter things. among with will kill the rocks to fill his hold silver. and hoist paper flags on pins. may turn out to be will sail a Liberal. R. perhaps he will land and build and begin mining a jetty. and subjugate populations. Captain F. W. and confer all the blessings of civiliza- . (I 45 think W. and build and rearrange. F. R.THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS the negroid dialects. Perhaps the natives All that is and eat the gentleman for with the bag. You on.) Perhaps he on and rescue the raided huts. to decide.

Then perhaps. Another time it may be wildernesses for example. and we must burn at last. few days. never. But it is never quite the same game. and stand the island boards up against the wall. and dismantle our and put our soldiers nests the little of drawers. . we begin upon some other such game. just as we feel disposed. our in trees islands.46 tion FLOOR GAMES these lands. for upon keep them We days. and put everything after a away. comes the scrubbing brush. going as And we begin to tire of them.

is 47 and never a drop of water to be found except for the lakes and rivers we may mark out in chalk. But after one example others are easy. . and next I will tell you of our way of making towns.THE WONDERFUL ISLANDS and the boards are hills.

Some Suggestions for Toy Makers {see page 26). .





both of them.OF THE BUILDING OF CITIES We like A always build MP twin cities. ^. \\ * . but when steam railways or street railways are we have our rails in common. and it makes for local freedom and happiness to to be arrange involved it so. or Buda-Pesth. London and Westminster. because two of us always want. and we have an excellent law that rails must be \. mayors and municipal councils.

knocking down and even treading on one's citizens. and. standing in one's open extreme cases. . It leads spaces.52 laid FLOOR GAMES down and switches kept open in such a manner that anyone feeling so disposed may send a through train from their own station back to their own station less again without or the needperelse's is negotiation sonal invasion of administrative anybody It area. an undesirable thing to have other people bulging over one's houses. in at times to explanations that are afterwards regretted.

We always have twin or at the utmost stage of coal- escence a city with two wards. little white that bounds their muni- have an election is Sometimes we for mayor. legs like a census but very abusive. Red End and Blue End. Chesterton will learn with pleasstreak of ure) that they stray but rarely over that thin cipal allegiance.THE BUILDING OF CITIES 53 cities. and our citizens have so local much patriotism (Mr. and least Red always with two Only and at citizens one arm and capable of . it wins. we mark the boundaries very carefully.

and on horseback 5 boy scouts and women and children do not vote. So are riderless horses and camels . but the elephant has never attempted to vote on any occasion.54 FLOOR GAMES up standing voters may vote. Zulus and foreign-looking persons. though poll may there is a vigorous agitation to remove these disabilities. It influences public as opinion it quite sufficiently its is by nodding head. are also disfranchised. and does not seem to desire the privilege. . such as East Indian cavalry and American Indians.

Blue End has the railway station. and a shop. several homes. the town hall. close railway station. a hotel.THE BUILDING OF CITIES 55 I We to have set out and have cities photographed one of our illustrate more the clearly the amusement of the game. four or five shops. and a farm-house. End is to and includes most of the hill on which the town stands. to the The . reader's Red right. a railway tunnel through the hill. a museum (away in the extreme righthand corner). a church. a shady zoological garden. a rifle range.

and we have had no lakes or ornamental water. The have this nature of the hills I already explained.56 FLOOR GAMES boundary drawn by me as overlord (who also made the hills and tunnels and appointed the trees to grow) runs irregularly between the two shops nearest the cathedral. These are very easily made out of a time piece of glass — the glass of a box for upon silver example laid paper. Such water — lid . over the shoulder in front of the town hall. and rifle between the farm and the range.

a this part lies of the fun of in game witty sorts in- corporation of of the extraneous or objects. But be incorporation must soon witty. But on this occasion we have nothing of the kind. Of the all course.THE BUILDING OF CITIES 57 becomes very readily populated by those celluloid seals and swans and ducks that are now Paper fish appear so common. nor have we fc* made use of a green-colored tablecloth we sometimes use to drape our large hills. you may convert . below the surface and may be peered at by the curious.

5» FLOOR GAMES muddle of half-good the whole thing into an inco- herent ideas. t Tori ^ i o have made a rather nearer and larger photograph of the railway station. have taken two photographs. I may perhaps adopt a kind of guide-book style in reviewing its principal features: I I begin at the railway station. Porters (out of a box of porters) career here and there with a diversified . which presents I and entertaining scene to the incoming visitor. one to the right and one to the left of this agreeable place.

Quite a number of our all-toorare civilians parade but the plat- form: two gentlemen. The long forgotten. nowadays hapvirtuous dogs Two seat regard his abandon with quiet on which he sprawls is a broken piece of some toy whose nature I have scorn. the station clock is a similar fragment. a lady.THE BUILDING OF CITIES 59 the trucks and light baggage. a state of intoxication as repreit is hensible as pily rare. sailor and there a wooden in with jointed legs. and a small child evil-looking notice- are particularly is able. and so is .

we find. So many toys. Down he doing. from Hungary. the great god Pan. hailing. There this gory in — is an alle- as Hawthorne used to write ("What is in his diary. in the reeds by the river?") The the fences at the are ends of platforms pieces of wood belonging to the game of Matador that splendid and — very educational construction game. I re- . I believe.60 FLOOR GAMES the metallic pillar which bears name of the station. only become serviceable with a little the smashing. There is also.

imc inventing: prowH.THE BUILDING OF CITIES 61 gret to say.. happy. P.h& & O and drawing adver. photograph the hair does not come out very plainly. SiC^tj He Seer -rvxer A DAY AT TWr .J^ modities. life. things in and he goes sale about lit- studying and imitating the erature of the G=^& /\r-\o billboards.Ton Brown tisements of imaginary com. He spends leisure much of his scanty 7^ BLACK r< IN Ooots run Cook.) ThisfiT is by G. Oblivious beautiful. who seems \ marked out by destiny to be the advertisement-writer of the next generation. to many noble r PQLICEnAM For ^) . W. a blatant advertise- ment of Jab's "Hair Color/' (In the showing the hair.

" and the grocer's picture of a cabbage with "Get Them" is is not to be ignored. no a doubt. You at will note.62 FLOOR GAMES his and to brother write news- papers almost entirely devoted these annoying appeals. F. too. two cents pay. W. R. sive cake of this offen- and aggressive commodity. the placard the mouth of the railway tunnel urging the existence of Jinks' Soap upon the passing traveller. The zoological garden flaunts a placard. more like the London County . "Zoo. The oblong object on the placard represents.




in this respect,

and prethe

bare walls.

" Returning from

as the guide-books say,

and " giving one more glance"
at the



are wait-

ing for the privilege of going

round the circle in open cars and returning in a prostrated
condition to the station again,

and " observing" what admirable platforms are made by our 9 by j\\ pieces, we pass out to

into the village street.


motor omnibus


hospital cart in less progressive

days) stands waiting for passenSCURS'O



and, on our

Cherry Tree Inn, two nurses, one in charge of a

way to the we remark





landlord of the inn


small grotesque figure of plashis sign

fastened on by

a pin.


doubt the

by the






judge with which a

number of




wards the door.



by and


private houses,






we put bookroof these roofs inside one another and stick into the shelves. The roof one folds will live to and puts away another day. The stock in the windows of is made by hand out the plasticine.THE BUILDING OF one CITIES 65 of our great inventions. get thick. it We cut stiff paper and to the sizes After the game them is we need. over. . We note meat and hams of "Mr. Proceeding on our way past the Cherry Tree. and resisting the cosy invitation of its portals. we come ter to the shopping quar- of the town.

a wagon clatters by . most of the adult population is about its business. In the street." the general activities of "Jokil Co. trast this band Con- animated scene with the mysteries of sea and forest. and a red-coated plays along the roadway." shopmen.66 FLOOR GAMES the Woddy. boy scouts go to and fro." carrots of cabbages and the It is " Tod & Brothers. rock and whirlpool. fountc 1 the | big church or cathedral. in our Further on is previous game. de rigueur with our shop ants that assist- they should wear white helmets. KCC TO THE RtCHrj .

A solitary boy scout. and other such won- . This museum is no empty boast. we continue to the museum. — the Titanic skulls of extinct rabbits and cats. reminds us most of a church we once visit to surveyed during a brief Rotterdam on our way up the Rhine. Passing the cathedral. mindful of the views of Lord Haldane^ enters its high portal. shells — such great the shells as were found on of our previous beaches game.THE BUILDING OF It is built in CITIES 67 an extremely deit based Gothic style. it contains mineral specimens.

68 ders. and then. and a crypt the terraced (entrance to right of steps) of used for the offenders. lie FLOOR GAMES The slender curious may down on at the floor and peep in the windows. with a battlemented roof. "retrace our steps to the shops. "We left. turning to the ascend under the trees up hill on which stands the Town Hall. now. This magnificent building is surmounted by a colossal statue of a chamois. it is in two stories. the work of a Wengen artist. It incarceration is occupied by ." says the guide- book.

and is of the same species as one we formerly observed in our archipelago. flights Steps descend in wide into down the hillside Blue End.THE BUILDING OF the c CITIES 69 town guard. who ^%v is mayor of Red End." Note the red parrot perched it tame in the zoological gardens. Note. . lions The two couchant on either side of the steps are in plasticine. and were exe- cuted by that also versatile artist. who wear of an- beefeater' costumes cient origin. too. brisk cat-and-dog encounter be- low. the lives on the battlements.

He is present. W. P. /fE>h . and up the hill a number of blue-clad musicians (a little hidden by trees) ride on gray horses towards them. R. F. The town guard parades in their honor.. stands on the steps in the costume of an admiral 5 G.7° FLOOR GAMES G. is on horseback (his habits are equestrian) on the terrace. W. mayor of Blue End. W. P. Our photographer has hit upon a happy moment in the history of this town. and a conversation of the two mayors is going on upon the terrace before the palace.

. "discoursing sweet 55 music. our civilians: a gentleman in black. and remark at once a band of three performing dogs. who are. a lady. as the guide-book would say. enter the gardens. CITIES 71 Passing in front of the town and turning to the right. In neither ward of the city does there seem to We be the slightest restraint upon the use of musical instruments.THE BUILDING OF hall. we approach the zoological garHere we pass two of dens. which are protected by a bearded janitor. and a large boy scout. presumably their son.

and other rare creatures. tamed and running loose in now the gardens. goats from the same region. camels (which we breed. We wander through the gardens. The keepers wear a uniform not unlike that of railway guards and porters. dwarf elephants. and which are there- fore in considerable numbers). a sitting bear. The gardens contain the in- evitable elephants. wooden nondescripts.72 FLOOR GAMES is It no place for neurotic people. return. descend the hill by the . brought from last ame's caves.



extremely gratified by all we have seen. A clockwork train comes clattering into the station. regretful^ . and almost equally divided in our minds between the merits and attractiveness of either ward. a and we "wave a long. we take our places. and so return to the railway station. the train starts. where solare to be seen shooting pass through the at the butts. paddock of the old farm. the signal is knocked over in the excitement of the moment. somebody hoots or whistles for the engine (which can't).THE BUILDING OF diers CITIES 73 school of musketry.

. It demands a but the slightest exercise of the imagination to devise hun- dred additions and variations of the scheme. you r T«. put the whole . you can make factories.y oo^ plan out flower-gardens — which intelli- can appeals very strongly to we^-eno ^C*. your town fortified hall may become a may castle.74 FLOOR GAMES Chamois City. picture-galleries You can make small — boys who great fun for can draw. You set set out and the which we out our towns. .T ano doe S FAPTHEjr gent little girls." see now how we spirit in farewell to the salubrious cheer- fulness of .

with ships and and its canals.THE BUILDING OF CITIES 75 town on boards and make a Venice of it. and the ships used to sail away to distant rooms. and then we used to have a harbor. with bottoms. loads for of ex- nasturtium-stem We had I sacks then. to have ^gL 'I'M We used flat some very serviceable ships of cardboard. and sevsuppose we could find most of these again ^ . eral toy cranes. g - made of glove-fingers. logs. cargoes. and return with the most remarkable ample. and even into the garden. boats upon * bridges across them.

wist- fully. in we hunted for them. until some- body comes?" Of you course the setting-out of is the city half the game. we went to our the see docks. devise Then As I . Daddy." said one of us in a quiet corner. with sacks . ingly against of the faint. " I say. incidents. which struck us as just our old harbor game magnified. yet with a thin "couldn't a little we play these just for . . with this game fresh minds. as one who speaks knowthe probabilities case.76 if FLOOR GAMES Once. and hope.

much like overlapping. the schoolroom. and the things When over. and when I found that the group of riflemen which had been converging on the publicreturned . throw up some of the prevent too trees. that. I took a larger share in the arrangement than I usually doIt was necessary to get everything into the picture. photographing was matters I left I became more normal. to ensure a light background that would *^>.THE BUILDING OF CITIES 77 wanted to photograph the particular set-out for the purpose of illustrating this account.

and was being marched along by a military patrol.78 FLOOR GAMES house had been sharply recalled to duty. and were trotting in a disciplined. The originally scattered boy scouts were being paraded. The elephant had escaped from the zoo into the Blue Ward. The stock of the Jokil adjacent Com- pany had passed into the hands of the storekeepers. G. W. Then the town hall ceremonies . had demolished shop of the Jokil Company. and was building a the Red End station near the bend. cheerless way to- wards the railway station. P.

There was much making of railway tickets.THE BUILDING OF came to an CITIES 79 end and the guard marched off. demolished the rifle-range. Then G. and on into the zoological gardens. Then a battery E£z£ . A number of halts of simple construction sprang up. a small railway boom. and ran a small branch of the urban railway uphill to the town hall door. of a size that enabled passengers to stick their heads through the middle and wear them as a Mexican does his blanket. This was only the beginning of a period of enterprise in transit. W. P.

for engines are fragile things. Then we shall pick up the roofs and shove them away So things will among the books. burn civilians . return engines very the care- clockwork fully to their boxes. . stow the soldiers in and their and animals nests of drawers.8o FLOOR GAMES artillery of turned up in the and there was talk of fortifications. . go on till putting-away night on Friday. Suppose wild Indians were to turn up across the plains to the left and attack Fate still has toy the town! Street High drawers untouched. .

into the limbo of games exhausted . the arts of Etruria and the palaces of Crete. and the plannings and contrivings of innumerable myriads of children. in thoughts widened. . the empire of Aztec and Roman. leaving some profit.THE BUILDING OF the trees again are sweet-bay 5 CITIES 81 — this time they and all the joys and sorrows and rivalries and successes of Blue End and Red End will pass. it may be. S^S*^ T . leaving nothing but a memory that dies. in strength- ened apprehensions. it may be.. and follow Carthage and Nineveh..






BUT VERY LITTLE OF WAR GAMES have now given two general types of floor game.FUNICULARS. CASTLES AND WAR GAMES. the boards. . MARBLE TOWERS. but these I are only just two samples of delightful and imagination-stirI ring variations that can be contrived out of the toys I have described. the bricks. will now glance ^d^A^ki^ more shortly at some other very good uses of the rather floor.

Let us make a funicular more than we Let us make have ever done. — whizz.86 FLOOR GAMES soldiers. Then we say: "Let us make a funicular. and we something to want something to dazzle. one to reach up to the table. There cease are times when islands somehow and towns and cities are too orderly and uneventful and cramped for us. there is a kind of lark we call system that — and the railway Funiculars." . And first. the 1 pentagram for exorcising the evil spirit of dulness from the lives of little boys and girls.

Then we will have a snow and sunlight on the flat. takes us back to that unfor- gettable time to when we all Wengen. station there / . we have never got it up to the table. mountain railway we are bare name is refreshing. but some day we will. WAR GAMES it 87 We The it dispute whether isn't a after. to as we had never seen before. and another station on the floor. with shunts and sidings to each.FUNICULARS. winding in out and up and up the mountain side went and such — from slush. So far. And we make a mountain railway.

and go this way . re- spectable engines — will career bottom of the system. and afterand this is a wonderful wards and distinctive discovery you can send it back by 'lectric. also the by one of us.88 FLOOR GAMES The peculiar joy of the mountain railway is that. if it is properly made. a loaded car — not a toy engine . to whom . 'Lectrics almost by accident. — — What may invented is a 'lectric ? You were well ask.and that as your cunningly-arranged switches determine. it is too rough a game from top to for delicate.

came out of a an accident to a toy engine toy engine that for. but sometimes ^^-JjTSU jfTTm nBD s/~ n l 1 GLl iSJ . sometimes an engine gets clockwork out it of order. You know.FUNICULARS. buffers. forth. what a like. they make for light- do not its facilitate hill- climbing. toy engine is It has the general appearance of a railway engine . cab. funnels. 89 name is due. seemed done and that was yet full of perhaps. WAR GAMES It . no doubt but they do not ness. Now. life. are j and so All these very elegant things.. and then is over and done for.

the body twisted. (I have. an apparatus of almost malignant energy. a kind of me- tallic rage. and loved from the moment of its stripping. soul without junior body. you have bare clock- work on wheels. by the by. You remove behold ! the things and. known very serviceable little a road 'lectric made out of a clock- work mouse.) Well. when we have got . This it was that our member instantly knew for a 'lectric.9° it FLOOR GAMES is merely that the is outer blance injured — semthe funnel bent.

WAR GAMES chairs 91 and boxes and bricks. We switches these make lines 5 we . and being very careful of the joining at the bends for fear that the descending trucks and cars will jump first the rails. soldiers.FUNICULARS. then trucks loaded with bricks and lead 'lectric. with a kind of savagery of purpose and a whizz that gratifying to in is extremely us. and graded our line skilfully and well. and then the afterwards and then the sturdy 'lectric shoves up the trucks again to the top. easing the descent. we send down an empty truck.

on which we . ways down which marbles run. and we often do it. devise devious slanting . I do not know why it is amusing to make a marble run down a long intricate path. . and rush out of dark places and across little bridges of card: it is. and dollop down steps. is a great building. .92 FLOOR GAMES level-crossings. and come almost but not quite to a stop. the lines go over and under each other. make them have at which collisions are always being just averted. again. The marble tower. and in and out of tunnels.

But at present. Castles are WAR GAMES 93 done with bricks and cardboard turrets and a portcullis of card. as I have already complained. soldier they make scarcely anything but contemporary fighting men. done because we have a box of men in armor. and drawbridge and moats. they are a mere special sort of city-building. be noth- For the present C23 1 # . We could reconstruct historical all sorts of toy- periods if the makers would provide us with people. And of the war game let it I must either write volumes or nothing.FUNICULARS.

But this time I set out merely to tell of the ordinary joys of playing with the floor. ^ . will FLOOR GAMES Some write day. I think. I shall not altogether have lived in and and vain. If one parent or one uncle buys the wiselier for me. So much.94 ing. I a great book about tell the war game and of battles campaigns and strategy tactics. perhaps. and to gird improvingly and usefully at toymakers. I have done.





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