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BREAD.

melon was brought to the scribes; they broke the melon in two: there was no fish inside the melon. Then they said: ' The judge is mad; carry him off to the madhouse.' Then, when they asked him: 'How many months are there in the year?' He answered, 'Twelve months.' 'How many days in a month?' He replies to them) 'Thirty.' 'How many weeks in the month?' He replies to them, ' Six.'[1] 'And how many days in the week?' He replies, 'Eight.' They ask him: 'Where are the fish?' He answers them: 'In the melons.' They said: 'The judge is still mad.' One day his wife asked[2] him: 'When they ask you where are the fish? tell them: In the sea.' He said to her: 'The fish are in the melons!' She replied: ' The fish are in the sea.' He answered: 'Very well.' When they came and asked him, he replied: 'The fish are in the sea.' They said to the judge: 'Good! he is no longer mad.' When he had gone home, his wife said to him: 'When a judgeship falls to you, you ought to walk uprightly. I put the fish in the melons, because you do not walk uprightly! ' Then he said to her: ' From this day forth I will walk uprightly.' "



BREAD.

I.

FORTY or fifty years ago not much wheaten bread was used by the common people in the North of Scotland. Oatmeal—and barley-meal cakes—formed the chief bread. When they were spoken of, they were not called "oatcake," or "oat-cakes," but "brehd,"[3] "ait-brehd," or "behr-brehd,"

  1. According to the Arabic mode of reckoning, the end of the last week of the previous month and the beginning of the first week of the next month being counted in.
  2. A slip of the narrator's tongue.
  3. Eh=eh, in German sehr.