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2 6 Presidential Address.

theory on which it is based. It is quite sufficient for my purpose to know that the spontaneous and untrained imagination is the appanage of the savage and of the child, while the civilised novelist of mature years has to submit to long labour, study, and discipline to produce the results with which he delights us.

28. Miss Bulley's valuable paper read at Belfast, and about to be read before this Society at an early meeting, which contains a study of the psychology of primitive man, denies him some faculties, but leaves open the question which I have attempted to put to you of his imaginative powers. While we shall probably agree with her as to the imperfection of his reasoning faculty, we may fairly claim for him an active and creative fancy.

29. Another paper, which has not yet been read, but which we have accepted with especial gratitude, is the description of the Musquakie Indians by Miss Owen, in illustration of her munificent gift to us of her collection of Beadwork.

30. That collection is not yet suitably displayed at Cam- bridge, but I must express my acknowledgments to Baron Anatole von Hugel for the admirable manner in which he has arranged our Starr collection of objects from Mexico.

31. Finally, I must offer to the officers of the Society — the Treasurer, the Editor, and the Secretary — as well as to the Council, and the members at large, my earnest thanks for their kind support and their indulgence to my many shortcomings during my two years of office. I am gratified to think that you are about to appoint as my successor so distinguished an authority on the subject of Folklore as Professor York Powell, to whom I may apply his own words, written with reference to the Swedish scholar, Rydberg, that he has commented upon Saxo with brilliancy, with minute consideration, and with success. Indeed, I may also sum up all I have been trying to say in the apt language of Professor York Powell himself, taken