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297, 407 f.f.; Dennys' Folk-Lore of China, p. 64; Dyer's Eng. FolkLore, pp. 117, 198; Napier's Folk-Lore, p. 117; Lang's Myth, Ritual, &c., II. 350-355; Custom and Myth, p. 168; Bleek's Reynard the Fox, p. 69; Henderson, p. 204; Gregson, p. 129; Kelly's Curiosities of Indo-European Tradition, pp. 234-237. Etc., etc.

Friday Superstition.

A lodging-house keeper in Macclesfield had quite recently taken a girl from the workhouse as servant. She caught her cutting her finger-nails one Friday; and, snatching the scissors from her, shouted, "Is that what I had you from the workhouse for; to cut your nails on a Friday, and bring bad luck to this house?"

How the Lizards were once Little Men.

Mr. L. L. Frost, of Susanville, Lassen County, California, tells us how, when he requested an Indian to gather and bring in all the arrow-points he could find, the Indian declared them to be "no good," that they had been made by the lizards. Whereupon Mr. Frost drew from him the following lizard story:—

"There was a time when the lizards were little men, and the arrow-points which are now found were shot by them at the grizzly bears. The bears could talk then, and would eat the little men whenever they could catch them. The arrows of the little men were so small that they would not kill the bears when shot into them, and only served to enrage them. At last there was a smart little fellow who lived with his grandmother. One day he was making a bow and his grandmother asked him what he was going to do with it. He replied, that he was going to kill a bear. His grandmother told him the bear had killed all his family, and so she refused her consent for him to go hunting, and kept him prisoner in the campooda. But the boy knew of a valley near by to which the bears came every evening to feed. He had finished his bow and gathered up his arrows, and when one day his grandmother went for water he stole away to this valley, and,