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his Right Hand lhall chuse which of those two Colours he thinks fit, and the Ombre shall be obliged to play in that Suit.
In this Case the Ombre shall have the Liberty of looking at his Discard; and if he has put out any of that Suit which is named for him, he may take them in again, provided the Cards he took in are not joined to the rest of his Game: If so, he has not this Liberty.
The Person who undertakes the Game, is called the Ombre.
It is necessary to be very exact in naming the Trump: Fot example: if a Person who intends to play in Clubs, should shew three Cards that he'puts out, a Heart, a Spade, and a Diamond; and say, You may know my Trump by what I put out; this will not be sufficient, and the others may name it, as if he had not spoke at all: For sometimes in that Case, a Man may put out a Trump to deceive others.
All these Formalities are grounded upon Reason, therefore Mistakes must fall to the Prejudice of him who makes them; because it is sometimes difficult to discern between Mistake and Design, and if these were permitted to be retracted, it would give Occasion to a great deal of unfair Play, therefore all Equivocations are disallowed.
If after the Ombre has looked at the Cards he takes in, he recollects that he did not name the Trump; if the other two should forget to speak before him, he may name it then, without incurring any penalty.
Of the Matadores, and their Privilege.
THE Word Matadore, va Spanijh signifies Murderer ., they are so called because they never give Quarter.
There are but three Cards that are properly called Matadores; these are Spadille, Manille, and Basto; which are three principal Trumps in whatever Suit we play. Spadille is always the Ace of Spades. Manille, as we observed, is not fixed,- but changes according to the Colour we play in, as in Red. it is the Seven, in Black the Duce. Basto, is always the Ace of Clubs. The Privilege of a Matadore, is, that it is not obliged to pay Obedience to an inferior Trump; that is, you are not obliged to play it, tho' a Trump lead: One Example will make this plain.
Suppose I have in my Hand Basto, without any other Trump, and the leader should play the King of Trumps, I am not obliged to play my Basto, but may play any other ordinary Card that is not a Trump.
Here the King is inferior to Basto; but if the Leader should play Spadille, or Manille, there Bafto must come down, if you have no other Trump; for every Card must pay respect to its Betters.
But you must observe, that Spadille, or Mauille, must be the Card first played.
For Example; if I have Bafto unguarded in my Hand, and am to play last; if the Leader should play the King, and the second Spadille; here I am not obliged to play Bafto, because Spadille did not lead.
Another Privilege of Matadores, is, that whoever has them shall be paid a Counter for each, by the other two Gamesters.
But it is only the Ombre that can be paid for Matadores, nor is he to. be paid for any Number less than Three.
Formerly, if the Ombre was Beasted, and the Matadores were in another Hand, he was obliged to pay to that Person who had them; but this is out of Use now.
So if I lose the Game with three Matadores in my Hand, I am to pay three Counters to each of my Antagonists.
Hitherto we have only spoke of these three Matadores, Spadille, Manille, and Basto: but it must be observed, that those Trumps which immediately succeed these, when they happen to meet in the Hands of the Ombre,
usurp usurp the Name of Matadores, and must be paid as such.
For Example; if I have Spadille, Manille, Baste, Punto, King, Queen, and Knave; I have seven Matadores, and must receive seven apiece from my two Opposite*: And if the Duce and Three should be joined to these, they make nine, and I must be paid accordingly; but this is to be understood if we play in either of the Red Suits.
There can be no Punto, when we play in either of the Black Suits; because the Aces, which are the Punto's in Red, in Black are otherwise distinguished.
Thus when the Ombre wins his Game, he must be paid for his Matadores, whatever Number he has; if he loses he must pay the others, still observing that these Matadores must be Sequents, otherwise they are not to be paid at all.
'The Manner of Disposing the Game.
THERE is no Necessity for marking up your Game at this Play, because every Deal decides the Game; however, Counters must be used instead of Money, to mark the Stakes you play for.
You must distribute to every Player a certain Numer of Fifties or Counters; suppose nine Fishes and twenty Counters to each.
A Fish is a Counter made in the Shape of a Fish, to distinguish it from the other Counters, and is generally made to be worth ten Counters.
The next thing to be settled, is the Price of your counters, which must be according to the Sum you intend to play for, as a Crown, Half a Crown, a Shilling, or Sixpence each.
The Deal is settled thus. One Person taking the Pack, turns up a Card in the middle of the Table; and afterwards gives a Card a-piece round, and whoever has the highest Card of that Suit which lies in the middle, is the first Dealer. Another Way is, by giving Cards round, and whoever has the first Black Ace, deals first.
The Manner of Dealing.
E have explained to you the Value
VV of a Fish; you are to lay down i apiece, before the Deal begins.
After the Dealer has muffled the Cards, he must lay them down to be cut by the Person on his Left Hand, and then deal, by giving first to the Person on his Right Hand.
This Way of Dealing is peculiar to this Game; at all other Games you begin as the Left.