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H. JACKSONQOFNEIWYORK, N.` Y.,
Laan-.Patent No, 74,368, dated February 1'1, 1568.
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Be itknown that I, H. JACKSON, of the'city, county,"and State of New York, have invented a new and diverting Game; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and 'exactdescription thereof,
which will enable others skilled in the art to make and use the same, reference being had tothe accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification.
This invention relates to a new and divertinggame, which I term the Game of the Government; and itV i consists of a box divided into a suitable number of compartments representing the Treasury and di'erent Departf ments of the Government, and in using, 'in connection with said box, a series of counters and cards which are played as hereinafter i-'ully described. In the accompanying sheet of drawings-f Figure 1 is a plan or top view of the box or counterfreceptacle. Figures 2 and 3, views of the cards-which are used in connection with the box or counter-receptacle. Similar letters of reference indicate corresponding parts. l
A represents a box, which may be of any desired form, but a circular shape would probablybe preferable.
This box is divided into a series of compartments, a central one, a, which I term-the Treasury, or the receptacle for Government taxesand a series of radial compartments, b, eleven in' all, which represent respectively the President, LegaLAdvice, Attorney GenerahvAssociate Judges, Supreme Court, Chi-et` Justice, House of Bepi-e4 scntatives, Congress, Senate, Secretaries, and Cabinet Meeting, all of. which are shown clearly inuiig. 1. v
A pack ot' cardsis used, consisting of two kirids, one of which, (see fig. 2,) I term prize cards, nine in number, and which may be embellished in any proper manner. These cards are numbered from 1toi9, andfrom Al to 9 have the names of the compartments b printed upon them, Nos, 1 and 2 having Stick to the Flag and Constitution printed respectively upon them, (see iig. 2.) The other cards of the pack, (see iig. 3,) are simply numbered from 10 upwards, say to 50, nodeiinite number being required.
The game is played as follows: No definite number of players is required; from four to six would `prob-ably form the most agreeable number. The cards, both kinds, arewell shuilled together, and each player draws a card, the one drawing the lowest number having the deal. Counters 1?sn1all4 disks of bone or other material, are dealt around to each player in equal numbers, and each player deposits a counter, B, into the centre compartaient a, Government taxes, while the player at the left of the dealerin addition to his tax-counter, deposits 'a counter into each of the eleven compartments b, Vpaying his respects to the several heads of" theDepartments of the Government. The cards are again shuiiled bytheI dealer, and from six to ten cards thrown o from the top of the pack, andthe cards thus thrownout I term stops, the use or objectof which will be presently seen. The other cards are then dealtback uppermost-around to the players, each player having an equal i i number. To insure this, care must ybetaken todiscard the requisite number of stops that 'will admit of an equal distribution of the cards. The player at the left oi' the dealer, the one who deposited the counters in b,
and who hasthe succeeding deal, plays first, and if he. holds any single one of the embellished cards,i`rom 2 to 9 inclusive, they .are iirstplayed, for they.admit of the countersbeingtaken from the compartments corresponding to their names; for instance, if he hold No. 3,' Attorney General," hecan .take thecounters from that compartment in the box, and so` on'. If h should hold No. 2, Constitution, he is `entitled to the counters in thev Treasury-Government taxes. No. 1 however, Stickto the Flag,draws lno prise, but simply exoneratcs the holder from paying forfeit, as hereinafter explained. Besides this drawing of counters by the possession of. single cards, combinations may be effected to draw more; forinstance,` ifthe player should hold No. 4, Prcsident," and No. 8, Attorney General, he islentitled to the counters in Legal Advice, in addi tion to those contained in the compartments corresponding to the names of cards Nos. 3 and 4, for the President goes to the Attorney for legal advice, land cards No. 4, President, and No. 5, Secretaries,played together, is a Cabinet meeting, and entitles the player to the counters in/those three compartments. Cards No'. 6, Senate, and No. 7, House of Representatives, played together, isa meeting of Congress, andgentitles the player to the countersv in those compartments. Cards No. 8, Chief Justice, a'nd No. 9, Associate Judges, played together, is a term of the Supreme Court, and entitles the player to the counters in those three compartments. These cards, it will be understoed, must be playedrin order to take the prizes; it will not do to hold them. In
the event of a player holding lnone of thev cards abovespecified, he must play the plain numbered ones, andis.
'entitled to play simultaneously all the consecutive numbers he holds. The next player is the one whoA has the consecutive number of the card last played, and if the succeeding number is not held by a-ny`of the players, it is among the stops, and the last playcr, the one who played the last card, takes the lead. This is' the object of the ,stopsf they continually change the lead among the players in each game,anclthereby serve to equalize the chances of winning the game, which consists in getting rid of all the cards, the first player who plays his last card being the winner, and all the others giving the winner a counter for each card lheld by them, except the holder of No. 1, Stick to the Flag. l
Anydesired number of games may be tlius played, and the diversion-irs concluded as follows: The cards are shutlled and dealt around,face up to each player, vthe players taking the counters from the compartments 'in'A the box according to the embellished..cardsl received by them.. Should one player receive the Attorney General," and another the President thecounter's in Legal Advice must be equally di'videdbetween the` two, and the same rule applies to the other` combinations. lThe board being cleared of counters, the player having the greatest-number is supposed `to vbe President,- an'd the five nextin order to constitute his Cabinet.
Having thus described my invention, what` I claim as new, and desireto secure by Letters Patent, is- Algame, consisting ot'- a box divided into compartmentsrepresenting the different Departments of the Government, vinconnection with counters B, and a pack of cards composed of twol kinds, one kind being simply numbered, and the other numbered and-named, as designated, in accordance with the compartments in the box, all arranged or devised substantially as herein shown and described. l i
The abovespecitlca-tion of my invention signed by me,this'31st day of December, 1867.
WM. F. McNAMARA, y ALEX. F. ROBERTS.