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at every moving object tliey saw. ... In course of time the epidemic wore itself out ; but while it lasted the civilised Motuans were as superstitious as any of their neighbours could have been."
A. Granger Hutt.
NOTICES AND NEWS.
Bihlioteca delle Tradizioni Popolari Siciliane per Guiseppe Pitre. Palermo, Pedone Lauriel di Carlo Clausen. 1889. Vols. XIY.— XVII.
It is always a pleasure to be put in possession of the work of a master-hand — the work of a scholar who has been long and often tried and never found wanting to his subject, a work which we feel we can take up with confidence to learn from it. At the present day we are smothered in manuals of instruction which for a couple of shil- lings pretend to put us in possession of information on every subject, sufficient like the letter P to make an ass pass, but which yet do little but hand on from generation to generation a crowd of vulgar errors long ago exploded among the " upper ten " of scholarship. Hence we have nowadays to approach almost every book that comes out, with a winnow in our hands.*
Ur. Pitre's works are the outcome of both love and knowledge of his subject, and the present year has seen the completion of four
- This weak point in our system of instruction has lately been shown up in
the columns of our contemporary, Notes and Queries, 7, vi. 510, " How Popular Information is acquired."