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Thread #98230   Message #1942841
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
20-Jan-07 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Oats Peas Beans and Barley
Subject: RE: Oats Peas Beans and Barley
Alice B. Gomme, 1894-1898, "The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland," vol. 2, pp. 1-13, gives eighteen examples of the game, collected from eight shires and the Isles of Wight and Man. Newell's comment about the absence of the game in the UK was wrong; especially since some versions are very close to those collected in northeastern U. S.
Not much point in posting the Gomme verses, but two scores are given, one for a Shropshire version, the other from Norfolk. Differences in the conduct of the game also are interesting.

The verses given by black walnut are not in Newell or Gomme. They may be indigenous to the Kentucky area or to the West.