: NURSERY GAMES
: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales
Entertaining puzzles or exercises upon the slate are generally great
favorites with children. A great variety of them are current in the
nursery, or rather were so some years ago. The story of the four rich
men, the four poor men, and the pond, was one of these; the difficulty
merely requiring a zig-zag inclosure to enable it to be satisfactorily
Once upon a time there was a pond lying upon common land, which was
extremely commodious for fishing, bathing, and various other purposes.
Not far from it lived four poor men, to whom it was of great service;
and farther off, there lived four rich men. The latter envied the poor
men the use of the pond, and, as inclosure bills had not then come into
fashion, they wished to invent an inclosure-wall which should shut out
the poor men from the pond, although they lived so near it, and still
give free access to the rich men, who resided at a greater distance. How
was this done?