floating on the forward-streaming river of men's thoughts, as do questions like the Esthonian, "Who runs without feet, pulls without hands, shrieks without a throat, and groans without pain?" (the wind), or the Lincolnshire, "Flies high, lights low, wears shoes and has none?" (a football). Popular stories, songs, and proverbs also yield him examples, and he supplies many instances of those collocations of words which are, as children say, intended "to catch one's tongue in a link." Specimens from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and Bulgaria are quoted, but the English "a lump of red leather, a red leather lump," does not appear among them, neither do the lines relating to the thickwood thatchers, nor those which speak of the brave maids who braided straw braids. Several examples of chiapparelli, or "catches," are given, and an essay on Italian and Sicilian riddles concludes this valuable and careful treatise, which, with the collection of riddles accompanying it, must represent a vast amount of labour and patient research.
Ethnological Studies among the North-West-Central Queensland Aborigines. By Walter E. Roth, B.A. Oxon. Brisbane: Government Printer. 1897.