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The Autobiography of a Maori

Pudding as Stake

Pudding as Stake

Boys at Te Aute College often indulged in harmless betting, the stake being the Sunday pudding which was served only once a week. The Sunday pudding was also the stake at small games. So at dinner on Sunday the winners went round the tables collecting their pudding stakes from the unfortunate losers who, honour-bound, submitted meekly. I can't say whether the practice has since been banned—at any rate, it was not banned in my time.