THE LOST HEIR VINTAGE CARD GAME C. 1940s
This example of THE LOST HEIR is by the Canada Games Co Ltd. The earliest version seems to be McLoughlin in the early 1890s.
It is trick taking card game where players bid to find the Lost Heir.
There are 32 cards, divided into four city suits of seven cards, plus one Lost Heir card, a Wrong Boy card, and two additional non-numbered city cards to balance out the deck. It is designed for two or four players. Each coloured suit represents a different city, and each card is named Mayor, Chief, Commissioner, Detective, etc.,
Players bid for the right to make trump (in game terms... choice of Police). The dealer may take the bid, or refuse. If the bid is taken, the first card lead becomes trump for the round. The game continues until all tricks are played. Players score one point per trick taken, plus an additional five points if they recovered the 'Lost Heir'. A player loses three points if they recover the 'Wrong Boy'. The player who won the bid for the round gets no points if he did not match his bid.
The first player to reach 40 points wins