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Categories: CHILDHOOD

To stump another boy to do a thing is considered as putting a certain

obligation on him to perform the action indicated. The phrase is

sometimes used, although the person giving the stump may not himself be

able to accomplish the feat.

74. We used to dare or stump one another to eat green chuckcherries.

Brookline, Mass.

75. Daring or stumping is or has been common among children generally.

Sometimes it is to jump a certain distance; sometimes to skate out on

thin ice; again, to touch something very hot. Once in Ohio several lads

were collected together about a spring. One of them drew a pail of fresh

water and by chance brought up a small live fish. One of the boys

stumped his companions to eat the fish alive, without dressing or

cooking. The boys took the stump, one quickly cut up the unfortunate

little animal and each boy swallowed a bit. Often the dare is to eat some

very untoothsome morsel.