Marbles: The Secret of the Terribles

On a merry reach of Sussex greensward, hard by the Greyhound Inn, the Toucan Terribles set out last week to defend their title of World Marbles Champions. For twelve straight years, the Terribles had won the colors. This year, however, the very honor of England was at stake. Among the 15 challengers scheduled to appear at Tinsley Green, a hamlet (pop. 150) just 28 miles south of London, was a band of upstart colonials from Chicago.

The Terribles were undaunted; they had a secret weapon that had never failed to take the day—marbles hand-carved from the finest porcelain commodes. Toucan Captain...

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