Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 5, 1963 · Page 37
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 37

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, September 5, 1963
Page 37
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PAGE THIRTY-EIGHT ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1963 John Allen Writes: 'Marbles 9 Was Spring Game B.v JOHN W. ALLEN Southern Illinois I'tilvPrslty Marbles, once among the most popiiJfir springtimr games of HIP sninll-fry boys of Southern Illinois, definitely was a seasonal one. It was so bound up with the coming of spring that some pre tended to wonder whether it was spring's approach that brough 1 the game into life or whether i 1 was marble games that brough' spring. They arrived at the same time. Spring and marbles were associated somewhat like spring and love. Some lies written by a long gone poet, supposedly wise in (lie ways of the world said, "In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love/' He could just as truthfuly have said, though ii would not have sounded so poetic, "In the spring a smal boy's fancy turns to marbles,' which as many a boy callec "marvels." This thinking about marble: started a few days ago when three of the eight to ten - year old variety of lads were seen playing at the game on smooth, hard - tramped grass less plot "as level as a marble yard" beneath a kindly shade tree. It was a good marble yarc and the boys definitely were enjoying it all. Moreover it was out of the burning sun. To an ob server once familiar with marbles and marble games it soon became apparent that these boy, had only a spotty knowledge oi the ancient game and of the jargon that went with it. It was interesting, however, to see how nearly like the old practices were those they worked out for unexpected situations. Baffled at Times That the boys were baffled at time was understandable, for after all marbles is a vanishing game, one among many that have practically disappeared from those places where boys gather to play and make noise. Many a present day boy never has had an opportunity to learn the game or acquire any marble skill. Marbles is an ancient game, one of the very oldest ones known. Boys along the Nile were playing at marbles five thousand years ago. Excavations in the ruins left by other early civilizations show that their boys also played at the game. Stone Age boys had marble games. According to written records, savages the world over have been found playing the game. If marble games are on their way out, they at least have had not their day but their ages. With the apparent vanishing of the game the language or jargon of the game is going. Many a term once familiar to oldsters is no longer heard. Youngsters now cannot tell the difference between glassies, ag- gies, creamies, or catseyes. Not many boys know what is meant by ;i moony; the mention of a law or shooter that many n hoy treasured and carefully kept apart from his men. means little. They do not know the part pla\ ed by middlemen or jumbos. Prr-Wce-s, Stoelies What were pee-wees and in what game were they most commonly used? What was a steelie and why was it so often banned? What was a stonie or d p-dah? On rainy days how did boys play hully-gull with marbles, mostly with pee-wees? How many boys could lay out a ground for playing rollyhole or for follow - ups or follows up, both terms being common? Neither can they tell you the difference between funs or funsies and keeps. They do not know the difference between a ring and square as applied to marble playing. Just what was a hillie? A tntor nob? A tee? What did a player mean when he called, "Dubs!"? If he said dibbles or thribbles what did it mean? When he said slips or slips - over, what was he asking for? The old ritual of pitching at a lag line to determine the order of shooting appears to be forgotten. When a player decided to lag up or lay up, what did he do? When was a player entitled to cry kicks? What was meant by ennies? What was done in taking roundance or simply ronnance? When did a player cry nothings? What was crow - hopping, fudging, knucklying down, plumping? What was a chippey? Many of these terms and others once were familiar to muddy - kneed, grimy - knuckled hoys with worn thumbnails and sagging pockets filled with assorted marbles. Not counting the trio recently noted, it has been many years since a full-fledged marble game was observed. What was that game where the loser had to hold a marble between the fingers of his clenched fist and allow the winner to shoot at it while the victim was forced to knuckle down. W h y doesn't someone write a book on marble playing and see if the game could be revived? lee anne 317 BELLE REGULATION FOR GYM CLASS IN AI/fON .H'NIOR AND SICMOR HHJH SCHOOLS Siviiie Raisers Tour Plant At White Hall CARROLLTON - Dr. J. W. Ray, veterinarian in charge at Affiliated Laboratories in W h i t e Hall, conducted a tour through the laboratories Tuesday evening planned by the members of the Greene County Swine Improvement Association. 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