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41. The Fairy Ointment, .
42. How Joan Lost the Sight of her Eye, .
43. The Old Woman who Turned her Shift,
44. The Fairy Widower, . . . .
5. The Small People's Gardens, . . .
46. St Levan Fairies, . . . . .
47. The Adventure of Cherry of Zennor,
48. Anne Jefferies and the Fairies, , ,
49. The Piskie Threshers, · · · · ·
50. The Muryan's Bank, . . . . .

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THE MERMAIDS.
in Morrs or Morreth, . . . . .
57. Merrymaids and Merrymen, . .
15 The Mermaid of Padstow,

The Mermaid's Rock,, .

IN The Mermaid of Seaton,

62. The Old Man of Cury, .

The Mermaid's Vengeance, . . . ,

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INTRODUCTION.

AN HE beginning of this collection of Popular Ro

mances may be truly said to date from my early childhood. I remember with what anticipations

of pleasure, half a century since, I stitched together a few sheets of paper, and carefully pasted them into the back of an old book. This was preparatory to a visit I was about to make with my mother to Bodmin, about which town many strange stories were told, and my purpose was to record them. My memory retains dim shadows, of a wild tale, of Hender the Huntsman of Lanhydrock ; of a narrative of streams having been poisoned by the monks ; and of a legend of a devil who played many strange pranks with the tower which stands on a neighbouring hill. I have, within the last year, endeavoured to recover those stories, but in vain. The living people appear to have forgotten them ; my juvenile note-book has long been lost; those traditions are, it is to be feared, gone for ever.

Fifteen years passed away—about six of them at school in Cornwall, and nine of them in close labour in London, —when failing health compelled my return to the West of England. Having spent about a month on the borders of Dartmoor, and wandered over that wild region of Granite

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