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By Dan Beard

Two Patrols draw taw lines about thirty feet apart, and two flagstaffs with Patrol Flags are erected in each camp.  To bear the enemy's Patrol Flag to your own camp, that is, over the taw line, wins the victory for your Patrol.  Tackling is allowed, as in foot-ball, and is limited by the same rules.

No boy bearing the mark of a snowball on chest or back is allowed to take further part in the game, as he is considered to be a dead soldier, but the dead soldiers may coach their comrades as often as they please.  No tripping, no striking, no ice balls, and no "soakers" (wet snowballs) are allowed, as the object of this battle is to win, not to hurt or injure, a playmate who in the next game may be fighting at your side.

Rome and Carthage.

In Cuba the little insurgents play this game, using rubber balls in place of snowballs, and having only one flag.  This is in a fort which the attacking party try to capture.  Each boy hit with a ball is considered dead, but if he catches the ball he can hurl it back and continue the fight.

This Cuban ball-game closely resembles the snow-fort game described in The American Boy's Handy Book, but the barrel-top shields that are used by the besieging party of the snow fort are unknown in the Cuban game.  They call the game Rome and Carthage.


How to Build Snow Forts
Kit Carson Snow Fort & Battle;
How to Make Ammunition Sleds
How to Make the Shield

Snowball Fight Rules;
Other Snowball Games; 
A Snow Battle from Dan Beard's Youth
        How to Bind a Prisoner without a Cord; 
          Company Rest. 

See Also:
Snow Tag Game;
Other Winter Snow Games;
Other Winter Activities

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