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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... And not only in the greenwood of
Warwickshire are customs practised to-day which date so far back as
to render their origin obscure, but in centres of the county which
are now busy with the hum and bustle of industry and are the
gathering-places of toiling thousands, customs of quaintness and
antiquity are still prosecuted, in spite of attempts to put them
down, with a vigour which shows no sign of abating. One of these
village customs (now observed in a thriving and thickly-populated
town in the hardy North, a town which was once a secluded village
and inhabited only by an order of devote nuns) is that of the
Shrove Tuesday festival of football, which is played annually in
the streets of Nuneaton--the "Milby" of George Eliot's "Scenes of
Clerical Life." On the morning of the day the town presents quite a
holiday appearance. The shops are shuttered and the young men turn
out in hundreds to play their balls through the streets from one
end of the town to the other, and win cheers and bright smiles from
the faces of their bonnie lassies (the glove-factory girls) who
line the pathways in gay attire and kerchief-covered heads. In the
observance of this custom Warwickshire enjoys an almost unique
position, since there seems to be only three other places in
England (the towns of Dorking in Surrey, and Sedgefield and
Chester-le-Street in Durham County) where the practice is carried
out. What pancakes have in common with the game of football is a
subject as obscure as it is interesting; but it is nevertheless a
fact that for an unknown number of years the game of street
football has been played in the thoroughfares of this in-Arden town
upon the morning of Shrove Tuesday in each year, and at the present
time its popularity (in spite of legal measures to suppres...
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