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Provenience of Certain Negro Folk-Tales.

daughter an' make him to be one of the richest man in the world."[1]

In the second Antiguan variant the prey creature is also a bird, a great bird of the forest called Big Garee. "Dis Big Garee t'ink dat he always rule. No oder bird try to dispute him as de bigges'. An' all de oders have a hatred for dis Big Garee." After an exchange of songs, Big Garee is killed by Little Garee, and on the front of the court house Big Garee "is stick up so dat all might see." . . . "Now dat de bird dead, Bra' Nancy dress himself up. He get he little coat, he little stick an' he dress hat. Come to where dis Big Garee was an' tell all dat he was de one kill him. Say, 'Yes, I kill him. See dat bird? I kill him.' Dey t'ink he big fellow. . . . Now come Little Garee along. Nancy not know he de one kill dis bird, an' he say, 'See what I do? Yes, I kill dat bird.' . . . Little Garee say, 'All right.' If it is so he ask Nancy to raise up de bird wid his little finger. Nancy try an' can't raise even de wing a dis Big Garee. Den Little Garee try an' he raise de whole bird up. Dat prove he is de one an' he got da whole reward."

The other Jamaican variant has a personnel part human, part animal. "One little boy going to school ebery day, he going har dem say, 'Oh, it mek so harm!'" referring to Garshan Bull. So from his grandmother he gets three Johnny cakes and climbs a tree above the bull.[2] . . . On killing the bull magically with the cakes as weapons, the little boy descends from the tree and cuts out the golden tongue. . . . After he marries the king's daughter, "Anansi pick up all de little bits and say him kill de bull, an' de debbel run away wid de 'Nansi."[3]

  1. W. Jekyll, Jamaican Song and Story, xvii. Pub. Folk-Lore Society, 35. London, 1907.
  2. Again note combination with "Escape Up the Tree."
  3. Milne-Howe, M. P., Mamma's Black Nurse Stories, pp. 67-69. Edinburgh and London, 1890.