The person who was 'It' had to count to 50 and the remaining players had to leave in a group. This usually took place in front of a house or other building. The group would walk together 'around' the building calling out...1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock...etc. The person who was 'It' would hide somewhere in front of the building after counting to 50. The group would continue moving around the building heading back to the front. They would continue announcing the time by each hour. As they got back to the front of the building, they would count 9 o'clock, 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock, MIDNIGHT would be screamed and everyone would run past the step where they left the person who was IT. That person would come out of hiding and tag as many people as he could and they would have to sit on the steps or area in front of the building. The ones who escape getting caught would go around the building again telling the time. They would then try on the next turn around to save one of the group caught in the circle, without themselves getting caught by the IT person. When everyone is caught or everyone is set free, another person is IT.
I remember it being a very exciting game. Elementary children played it. I taught it to my children and their friends when they were bored and had nothing to do...they liked it very much.
Tooker Avenue School, West Babylon, New York, USA