Nearly all of our most popular games are of very
in many cases they have been considerably developed and improved.
Kayles—derived from the French word quilles—was
a great favourite in
the fourteenth century, and was undoubtedly the parent of our modern
Kayle-pins were not confined in those days to any
number, and they were generally made of a conical shape and set up in a
At first they were knocked down by a club that was
them from a
distance, which at once suggests the origin of the pastime of "shying
cocoanuts" that is to-day so popular on Bank Holidays on Hampstead
Then the players introduced balls, as an improvement on
In the illustration we get a picture of some of
ancestors playing at kayle-pins in this manner.
Now, I will introduce to my readers a new game of
that can be played across the table without any preparation
simply place in a straight row thirteen dominoes, chess-pawns,
draughtsmen, counters, coins, or beans—anything will
together, and then remove the second one as shown in the picture.
It is assumed that the ancient players had become
could always knock down any single kayle-pin, or any two kayle-pins
stood close together.
They therefore altered the game, and it was
that the player who knocked down the last pin was the winner.
Therefore, in playing our table-game, all you have
to do is to
with your fingers, or take away, any single kayle-pin or two adjoining
kayle-pins, playing alternately until one of the two players makes the
last capture, and so wins.
I think it will be found a fascinating
game, and I will show the secret of winning.
Remember that the second kayle-pin must be removed
play, and that if you knock down two at once those two must be close
together, because in the real game the ball could not do more than this.