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Origin of Dominoes.

Two monks who had been committed to a lengthy seclusion, contrived to beguile the dreary hours of their confinement without breaking the rule of silence, by showing each other small flat stones marked with black dots. By a preconcerted arrangement, the winner would inform the other player of his victory by repeating m an undertone the first line of the vesper prayer. In process of time the two monks managed to complete th& set of stones and to perfect the rules of the game, so that when their term of incarceration had expired, the game was generally adopted by all the inmates of the convemt as a lawful pastime. It very soon spread from town to town, and became popular m Italy ; and the first line of the vespers was reduced to the single word Domino, by which the game has since been known.

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Origin of Dominoes., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2513, 9 September 1890

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Origin of Dominoes. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2513, 9 September 1890

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