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Youths playing Bumble Puppy, or Nine Holes near the Templa of Vesta, Rome, Italy. To set up the game, the young men cut nine holes in the turf large enough to take the ball. Money is staked and if a player does not pitch the ball into a hole, he loses his stake. When a player pitches the ball into the centre hole, he takes all the money staked and a new game is begun. Hand coloured lithograph from 'Italian Scenery, Manners and Customs' by Buon Airetti (London, 1806).

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Youths playing Bumble Puppy, or Nine Holes near the Templa of Vesta, Rome, Italy.  To set up the game, the young men cut nine holes in the turf large enough to take the ball.  Money is staked and if a player does not pitch the ball into a hole, he loses his stake.  When a player pitches the ball into the centre hole, he takes all the money staked and a new game is begun. Hand coloured lithograph from 'Italian Scenery, Manners and Customs' by Buon Airetti (London, 1806).