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Collectanea.

In Korea the game is called "Wooftaking." The figures are: 1, Cover for hearse; 2, Chessboard; 3, Chopsticks; 4, Cow's eyeball; 5, Rice mill pestal. I suppose that No. 5 is the Korean figure described above.

In Japan the game is called Woofpattern string-taking.

The figures 1, ; 2, a mountain cat into which a domestic cat is supposed to transform itself; 3, a musical instrument, "koto," or the two pieces of wood under the soles of clogs; 4, Horse eye; 5, Tauzumi, a musical instrument.

Note.—With regard to the transformation of the Rushlights figure (Diagram 3) it may be noticed that in Gomme's diagrams the hand is approached from the under side in taking off the figure. Also that in the other diagrams the index of my descriptions is replaced by the middle finger. The latter point seems to me not without importance. The former having regard to the nature of the figure, I believe to be immaterial though interesting, but it modifies partly what I have said as to this movement being unusual.

W. Innes Pocock.



Additions to "The Games of Argyleshire."

(Continued from Vol. xvi., page 460.)

RUNNING GAMES.

(P. 207, after line 19.)

In Uist they play

Mireag nan Cruach (Play of the Stacks).

The one appointed to catch the others allows them to hide unwatched, and is summoned to the search by a cry or whistle. He has to catch all those "out," all these latter being only under condition not to go beyond the stack yard. If the Bodach carries the game through to the end, the one first caught takes his place, if the game is to be played again. If unable to accomplish the task, his place may be taken by a volunteer.