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By Dan Beard

War is the probable origin of this sport, and originally the two sides faced each other, but it was found that while in real war the armies oppose each other in two lines of battle, this is not necessary for the game, it being much easier to have only one line occupied by both sides.

Usually in town the curbstone forms the boundary and the sidewalk is home. The boys choose up for sides and then select two trees diagonally opposite home for the prison-pens, called the bases, one for each army.

The game begins as the battles did of old by the leader of one army stepping out in the field and daring the other captain to meet him. Any player of one army can tag any one of his opponents who his left home before he did, and all players tagged must go to the prison-pen of their captors and remain there until they are released or until the game is finished.

A prisoner can only be released by one of his own side evading the other soldiers, reaching the base and touching the prisoner before a foe tags the lad attempting the rescue of the prisoner. This done neither can be molested on their way back home, or until they again leave the curb line.

The game ends when all of one side have been made prisoners.

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