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Collectanea. 44 1

(P. 170, after line 13.)

The Sucker.

This simple demonstration of the effect of a partial vacuum is known throughout all the Highlands. A disc of stiff leather from two to three inches in diameter, provided with a cord from its centre, of from two to three feet long, is thoroughly wetted and pressed with the foot on the flat surface of a stone which can then be lifted by the string. The size of the stone the sucker will sustain gives a test of relative efficiency.

(P. 172, after line 4.)

This trick was known in Dunoon under the name of " Clock Work," the button being fastened to the window with a little black soap.

(P. 173, after line 9.)

Cowrie, Cowrie, Connsaich.

The back of the left hand is placed on the knee and the right hand used to cover it, both hands being held firmly together, a box-like space being left between them. By gently knocking the two hands so held upon the knee, a chinking noise is made supposed to resemble the sound of small gravel and shells being rolled together by the tide. Keeping time with the movement of his hands, the performer repeats —

" Cowrie, cowrie, connsaich Tha e seideadh dosgaich Latha math am maireach."

(Cowrie, cowrie, contending. / It is blowing the clusters ? / Fine day to-morrow.) The curious thing here is the use of the word " cowrie."


(P. 177, after Hne 9.)

In Harris this game is played somewhat differently. The middle and forefinger of the right hand are laid across the corresponding fingers of the left hand, a square opening being formed between them, large enough to admit another's finger.