CHILD LIFE IN SIAM. 105
same sort in which the live baby sleeps is fastened by ropes to the rafters of the house, and forms a cooler and safer cradle than those in which American babies rest, If any one will make a little frame and net some cord for the basket part, she can have a real Siamese cradle.
The boys in Siam are 1 f.-J a /- -A L-UA ^/v. /ery ion a 01 pitcning
coins, and spend much of the ir time in this game.
They play leap-frog, and ver y often jump the rope.
Now that so many foreigners ; come to this country
they have learned to play m arbles too. Foot-ball
is also a very popular game, but instead of a ball
they use a little square piece of thick leather with
feathers fastened into one sic le. The men, as well
as the boys, A(c)njoy this game, and it is really the
not always in season, they are a greater luxury than fish, and it is considered great fun to catch them. The time for this is when the tide in the river is very low and great mud-banks are left on either side. The little fishermen carry with them a coarse sieve and an earthen jar. The sieve is pushed along under the surface of the mud, and the crabs, when caught, are put into the jars, which the children drag along after them. After they have caught enough crabs, they pelt each other with mud, just as English boys do with snowballs. When they