From Mrs. Burton Kingsland’s 1904 book, Traditional Indoor and Outdoor Games:
Provide the company with pads and pencils and request that each one shall write an account of some historical event, familiarly known, every word of which shall begin with the same letter…A time-limit is set, and at its expiration the essays are read aloud. A secret ballot is taken to determine which narrative is thought to be the most clever.
The following examples will explain the modus operandi:
(Found at The Children’s Nursery.)