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of a distinctly African story from the negro population long estab- lished in the United States.

The well-illustrated volume on the Pseira excavations contains a few matters of folklore interest. The finest jar discovered, (repro- duced in colour), is decorated with bulls' heads and many double- headed axes, suggesting ritual use, especially as the deeply undercut rim has pierced holes to secure a cloth cover. A basket- shaped vase is also elaborately decorated with double axes, and a number of other cult objects are described, — clay bulls (votive offerings ?) covered with white slip and painted with orange-red or purple harness, traces of pebble altars, triton shells cut out to form ritual vessels, a large bull's head, etc.

Short Notices. Canadian Folk-Lore Society. First Amiual Report. Toronto, 1 9 1 1 . 8vo, pp. ii-f 14.

We are glad of this opportunity of introducing for the help and good wishes of our members a new, although not the newest, addition to the family of Folk-Lore Societies. The gap left in Canada by the lapse about 1898 of the Montreal Branch of the American Folk-Lore Society has now been filled, and the present Report details the meetings of an active first session in 1909-10, which was preceded by a lecture from Mr. E. Sidney Hartland. The subscription to the Society is only one dollar, but a hmit is fixed to the number of members. Cannot Canada find work for more than 200? The secretary is preparing a bibliography, and the Society hopes to form a library and issue publications.

South Pembrokeshire. Some of its History and Records. By Mary Beatrice Mirehouse. Nutt, 1910. 410, pp. vii-t-79.

Pending the publication of a detailed account of the whole folk- lore of " Little England beyond Wales," chapter iii of South Pem- brokeshire., " On names, customs, and provincialisms," adds a little to our information. Much more must still remain to be noted, even although we are here told that St. Stephen's Day wren- hunting and the sprinkling of New Year's water have died out, and