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Prentice Pillars: The Architect and his Pupil.

push him down. But as he slipped he clutched at the master, and they fell together and were killed. And they were turned into stones, a big and a little, which are still to be seen.

The “stones” do not seem to be reliefs, as they are at Paris; they are described as “stones that look like humps (?) underneath” (λιθάρια που φαίνονται κάτω σὰν καμπούραις), the last word being, I suppose, the Turkish kambour, but I have no dictionary here, and it is the kind of word dictionaries don't have anyway.

I find to-day in Henri Welschinger’s Strasbourg (Paris, 1905). p. 64, à propos of an astronomical clock made 1352:

“Une légende, qu’on faisait circuler encore au temps de mon enfance, voulait que l’auteur de l’horloge merveilleuse, ayant été amené devant l’évêque, celui-ci lui aurait demandé si rien ne manquait au précieux instrument. Et sur sa réponse affirmative que l’horloge pouvait maintenant défier les siècles, l’évêque aurait fait crever les yeux au malheureux inventeur pour l’empêcher d’en construire une semblable.”

An old lady here tells me she heard the apprentice legend in the same city. Victor Hugo (le Rhin) might easily have it if the clue is worth following. The standard work on the cathedral seems to be. Dacheux’ folio Histoire (Paris, 1900).

I send three references to Greek buildings of which the story is current. I do not think they are in Politis’ great quarry of Greek folk-lore.

(1) Paros; church of the Virgin of the 100 gates — Bernard Randolph, Archipelago (late 17th c).

(2) Scripou, Boeotia; ch. of — R. W. Schultz and Barnsley, The Monastery of S. Luke at Stiers, ad fin.

(3) Arta; church of Virgin of Consolation — J. Psycharis, Autour de la Grèce, Paris 1897, p. 347.

I have not as yet found the story in Turkey or Syria: it may well have come to Greece from the West.

Beau Reveil, Leysin, Switzerland.


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