Art of Amusing.
BEING A COLLECTION OF
GRACEFUL ARTS, MERRY GAMES, ODD
TRICKS, CURIOUS PUZZLES, AND NEW CHARADES. TOGETHER
WITH SUGGESTIONS FOR PRIVATE THEATRICALS,
TABLEAUX, AND ALL SORTS OF PARLOR
AND FAMILY AMUSEMENTS.
INTENDED TO AMUSE EVERYBODY AND ENABLE ALL TO AMUSE
ELSE; THUS BRINGING ABOUT AS NEAR AN APPROXIMATION TO
THE MILLENNIUM AS CAN BE CONVENIENTLY
ATTAINED IN THE COMPASS OF
ONE SMALL VOLUME.
WITH NEARLY 150
ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE AUTHOR.
one of the great social faults of the American is, that
he does not amuse himself enough, at least in a
cheerful, innocent manner. We are never jolly. We are
terribly troubled about our dignity. All other nations,
the French, the German, the Italian, and even the dull
English, have their relaxation, their merry-making; but
we—why, a political or prayer-meeting is about the most
hilarious affair in which we ever indulge. The French
peasant has his ducas almost every week, when in