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Riddle or Charm ? (Vol. xiii., p. 421.)

The first of the riddles recorded in Miss Salmon's Folklore of the Kennet Valley was told me by an old Dorset woman, now dead, as a charm. It was taught her as a child by her grandmother, then an aged woman. She did not know why it was supposed to be a charm, but it was always called so. Her version ran as follows : "J. I. and P. P. They both did agree To put to death J. C

Which they could not do without the will of G. M. M. and M. V. Wept with horror and grief to see The malice and wickedness of P. P."

F. Barry. Leweston, near Lyme Regis.

" I'll put my Foot in the Fire ! " (Vol. XV., p. 104.)

In 1552, Cranmer offered to p?{t his foot in the fire against Knox, to prove that Knox was wrong about the Black Rubric (Lorimer, y<?/;« Knox and the Church of England {iZ'j^), p. 104). I don't see the connection of ideas, but the phrase is the same. A. Lang.