AUNT SALLY, the English name for a game popular at
fairs, race-courses and summer resorts. It consists in throwing
hard balls, of wood or leather-covered yarn, at puppets dressed
to represent different characters, originally a grotesquefemale
figure called “Aunt Sally,” with the object of smashing a clay
pipe which is inserted either in the mouth or forehead of the
puppet. In France the game is popular under the name jeu de
massacre. In a variation of the pastime the mark consists of a
living person’s head thrust through a hole in a sheet of canvas. In
case of a hit a second shy is allowed, or a small prize is given.
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