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MICHIGAN FOOD & BEES

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

As a usual thing all in the house were participants in these amusements The old folks, or perhaps the dignified maiden aunt, would now and then be "snapped up, " or judged to kiss, or be kissed by some young man or young lady, as the case might be. "Snapping up" meant the snapping of tin fingers, by a frolicker, at some of the company, and was a challenge for the person to chase and catch him or her. This brought out the swift-footed Mercuries or Atlantas to the arena, where one chased the other around in a group standing in the center of the room. This often resulted in a well con tested race, which was varied by all manner of subterfuge and art, in dodging and eluding the pursuer. The young lady, whether the capturer or captured was always kissed. Sometimes an old settler "snapped up" his wife, or was "snapped up" by her, when we would have a race of an unusually amusing character. We said that all participated in these recreations. Those who lived in the village of Battle Creek knew but little of these frolics, unless they chanced to be at a settler's house on one of these occasions. There were also families who had no children, or none old enough to go into young company, and there wen some who did not object to the plays, but did not like the dancing. They could tolerate Paginini, but not with his fiddle. We remember instances where the plays had gone on until the parents retired for the night, and then the fiddler who had "smuggled" in his "cremona, " opened his magical box and took out the "little wizard. " Instantly a sensation of Terpsichorean delight seizes the frolickers. A few passes of the bow across the strings call out couple after couple to the floor, who bow gracefully to each other, as they take their position in two opposite lines across the ro

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