A newspaper thus defined amusements:

The Friends' picnic this year was not as well attended as it has been

for some years. This can be laid to three causes, viz.: the change of

place in holding it, deaths in families, and other amusements.

I wish that my room had a floor;

I don't so much care for a door;

But this crawling around

Without touching the ground

Is getting to be quite a bore.

I am a great friend to public amusements; for they keep people from

vice.--_Samuel Johnson_.