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« Reply #90 on: May 01, 2009, 01:00:11 am »

44:63 Tylor, Primitive Culture, vol. i. p. 101.

45:64 R. Stuart Poole in Smith's Dict. of Bible, s.v. "Magic."

46:65 1 Samuel xxviii. 7 et seq.

46:66 Tylor, Primitive Culture, vol. i. p. 101.

46:67 Spectator, July 14, 1894, p. 45.

47:68 "Mediæval Records," Spectator, January 6, 1894, p. 14.

47:69 These remarks are suggested by a "scientific gentleman," who was a witness with the writer of the twisting of the rod above mentioned, and who had the taste to assert that the young lady was in league with the Dowser.

47:70 Since this was written we have been favoured with Mr. Huxley's ex cathedra deliverance in the Times of July 9, 1894, on Mr. Lang's book, **** Lane and Common Sense, which may be shortly summed up: "I do not understand these things, therefore they are not."

No doubt superior people would nowadays accept the consequence, which John Wesley put so plainly when he said "to give up belief in witchcraft was to give up the Bible" (Farrar. Smith's Dict. of Bible, s.v. "Divination," 101. i. p. 445). We, however, venture to believe that there is a middle course, that of determining what we mean by witchcraft. As vulgarly understood and practised we are of course uncompromising unbelievers.

48:71 Tylor, Primitive Culture, vol. i. p. 104.

48:72 Frazer, Golden Bough, vol. i. p. 9.

49:73 Frazer, Golden Bough, vol. i. p. 9.

49:74 In the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford, is the original clay figure actually made to represent a man, whose death it was intended thereby to compass. This happened no longer ago than 1889 in Glen Urquhart, where the image was placed before the house of an inhabitant. That this is not an uncommon act is proved by their having in Gaelic a distinct name for the clay figure--Corp Creidh, the clay body, well understood to mean the object and purpose above described. The great antiquity of this mode of working evil is shown by the discovery at Thebes of a small clay figure of a man tied to a papyrus scroll, evidently to compass the destruction of the person represented and denounced in the scrip. This figure and papyrus are now in the Ashmolean Museum. We refer again to this subject in Chapter XI.

49:75 Wilkinson, Anc. Egypt, vol. iii. p. 492.

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