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 -  We give a cut copied from a
Chinese work on the Miau-tzu of Kweichau in Dr. Lockhart's possession,
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We Give A Cut Copied From A Chinese Work On The Miau-Tzu Of Kweichau In Dr. Lockhart's Possession, Which Shows Three Little Men Of The Sang-Miau Tribe Of Kweichau Combining To Mend A Crossbow, And A Chief With Armes Cuiraces And Jambeux Also.

[The cut (p. 83) is well explained by this passage of Baber's Travels among the Lolos (p. 71):

"They make their own swords, three and a half to five spans long, with square heads, and have bows which it takes three men to draw, but no muskets." - H.C.]

NOTE 5. - I have nowhere met with a precise parallel to this remarkable superstition, but the following piece of Folk-Lore has a considerable analogy to it. This extraordinary custom is ascribed by Ibn Fozlan to the Bulgarians of the Volga: "If they find a man endowed with special intelligence then they say: 'This man should serve our Lord God;' and so they take him, run a noose round his neck and hang him on a tree, where they leave him till the corpse falls to pieces." This is precisely what Sir Charles Wood did with the Indian Corps of Engineers; - doubtless on the same principle.

Archbishop Trench, in a fine figure, alludes to a belief prevalent among the Polynesian Islanders, "that the strength and valour of the warriors whom they have slain in battle passes into themselves, as their rightful inheritance." (Fraehn, Wolga-Bulgaren, p. 50; Studies in the Gospels, p. 22; see also Lubbock, 457.)

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