The arena having been chosen, and its boundaries marked out, it remains only to set the stakes and bridges.1
The former are to be considered first.
The position of the starting stake will be within the arena, at least ten feet from that boundary constituting its base or foot, and midway between the flanks.
The turning stake holds a similar position to the head of the arena : that is, midway between the flanks, and at least ten feet from the head.2
The stakes once planted, the positions of the bridges can be determined without much trouble.
The central ones - which are Nos. 1, 2, and 6, 7 - should be in a line, - that is, the straight line lying between the stakes, with their planes perpendicular to it.3
Their distances from the stakes and from each other should be as follows :- No. 1, 10 feet from the starting stake; No. 2, a like distance from. No. 1; while 7 and 6 should be respectively 10 feet and 20 feet from the turning stake.
The distance between 2 and 6 remains indefinite; and will be greater, or less, according to the length of the arena.4
The flank bridges are ruled by those of the centre. Nos. 3 and 10 should be in the same plane with No. 2; one on each flank, at equal distances from it, and midway between it and the side boundaries of the arena.5
Bridges 5 and 8 should be in the same plane with No. 6, - one upon each flank, and at the distance from it as 3 and 10 are from 2. This will bring 3 in the same longitudinal line with 5, and 8 with 10.
A bridge placed midway between each pair of the latter, will complete the arrangement. These last will be Nos. 4 and 9; and they will be in the same plane with each other.6
The bridges and stakes having been set in the manner described, there are four points that deserve special mention. They are the corners; so called, not in reference to the figure of the ground, but to the round of play. They are the points of passage, from the central to the flank bridges, and vice versâ.
There are four of them :- the first lying between bridges 2 and 3; the second between 5 and 6; the third between 6 and 8 ; and time fourth and last bridges 10 and 2.7
The Spot, though first regarded in the game as the point from which the play takes its departure, is the last to be determined in the arrangement. It is a point in the line, between the starting stake and bridge No. 1, one mallet’s length from the former. It needs no further definition.8
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