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Children's Rhyme-Games - The Emperor Napoleon


"THE Emperor Napoleon" is it little game which affords, invariably, a good deal of fun. Again, as so commonly, the form is in a ring, and all go round singing:—

The Emperor Napoleon has a hundred thousand men.
The Emperor Napoleon has a hundred thousand men.
The Emperor Napoleon has a hundred thousand men.
As he goes marching along.

In each successive singing of the verse, one syllable after another in the main line, beginning at the far end, is left out—or at least is not spoken—the blank, or blanks, as it happens latterly, having to be indicated merely by nods of the head. As each player makes a mistake, by speaking, instead of nodding, or vice versa, she pays a forfeit and drops out. The play goes on till all have fallen.


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