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“On a large green area in the middle of the town, a number of boys, and even young men, were enjoying themselves, and playing at trap-ball.”
“Lord John played with us and the children at trap-ball, shooting, etc.”
“They made him and me join them in a match at trap-ball that lasted two hours and a half.”
“Page 69 horses, and leaping over each other's shoulders, the head of course inclined, but the column of the body almost upright; and as the leaper would strike far below, with a jar calculated to jolt a man's vital organs out of gear forever, he would instantly assume position again, with a shout, while two hundred pounds of yelling, human trap-ball would in turn execute the perilous flying leap over his head.”
“With the spring came the out-door sports of the season; among others that of ball -- for boys were boys, and played at ball even in those faraway days -- a game called trap-ball.”
“So now that the sun was warm and the weather pleasant the game of trap-ball was in full swing every afternoon, the play-ground being an open space between the wall that surrounded the castle grounds and that of the privy garden -- the pleasance in which the ladies of the Earl's family took the air every day, and upon which their apartments opened.”
“He gave, indeed, a short bark, and bounced up two or three times like a trap-ball, looking both ways at once; but this action only called down upon him universal derision.”
“The twins, as little children, had always had the same occupations, Henrietta learning Latin, marbles, and trap-ball, and”
“Therefore, remember to give yourself up entirely to the thing you are doing, be it what it may, whether your book or your play; for if you have a right ambition, you will desire to excel all boys of your age, at cricket, at trap-ball, as well as in learning.”
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“He stole to the window, and flung himself down on two chairs, as if looking into the street from behind the blind; but he saw nothing that passed out of doors, so eager was his hope of hearing something of the Crofton boys, -- their trap-ball, and their Saturday walk with the usher.”
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