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Andrew McFarland Davis

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INDIAN GAMES 

AN HISTORICAL RESEARCH 

BY ANDREW McFARLAND DAVIS 

"There are," says Father Brebeuf in his account of what was worthy of
note among the Hurons in 1636, [Footnote: Relations des Jesuites,
Quebec, 1858, p.  113.] "three kinds of games particularly in vogue with
this people; cross, platter, and straw.  The first two are, they say,
supreme for the health.  Does not that excite our pity? Lo, a poor sick
person, whose body is hot with fever, whose soul foresees the end of
his days, and a miserable sorcerer orders for him as the only cooling
remedy, a game of cross.  Sometimes it is the invalid himself who may
perhaps have dreamed that he will die unless the country engages in a
game of cross for his health.  Then, if he has ever so little credit,
you will see those who can best play at cross arrayed, village against
village, in a beautiful field, and to increase the excitement, they
will wager with each other their beaver skins and their necklaces of

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