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A French Charlatan

Unknown writer

At his martial appearance all the guests rose, with respect; they felt assured that it must be a lieutenant-general, or a major-general at least.

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A Mine of Frogs

Unknown writer

There are several accounts in natural history of toads being found in the hearts of trees, and in solid rocks, wholly enclosed and shut up from the air and all appearance of food, and being taken alive out of such situations.

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A Sailor’s Wish

Unknown writer

Allowing these ships to range side by side, only thirty feet being admitted to each, they would reach about 70,429 miles, and form three complete bridges round the world.

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An Egg of Eggs

Unknown writer

On opening this second egg we therein discovered a third, enveloped as the former; of a firm texture, of the natural or common shape

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Auntie Toothache

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I heard a buzzing sound. Was it she or the wind? No, it was she, Mistress Toothache! Her terrible highness, Satania Infernalis! Heaven deliver and preserve us from her visits!

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Blash de Manfre, the Water Spouter

Unknown writer

Blash de Manfre rendered himself famous for drinking water in large quantities and discharging it from his stomach converted into various sorts of wine, simple waters, beer, oil and milk.

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East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon

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The lassie set out on her way, and walked many, many days, till she came to a lofty rock. Under it sat an old hag, and played with a gold apple which she tossed about.

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Elves in Scotland: Changelings

By

One night John Roy was going over the mountains, when he fell in with a company of Elves, whose mode of travelling clearly indicated that they were carrying a person off with them.

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Elves in Scotland: Descent and Form

By

They are doomed to wander amid mountains and lakes till the day of judgment, in ignorance of their sentence whether they shall be pardoned or condemned, but they fear the worst.

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Elves in Scotland: Dwellings and Mode of Life

By

Joy and mirth reign in such assemblies of the fairies; for they are particularly fond of dancing, and it is one of their chief occupations.

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Elves in Scotland: Elf bolt, weapons, and utensils

By

Whoever finds an elf bolt should preserve it with much care, as the possessor of it is always secured against death from such a weapon.

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Elves in Scotland: Good Neighbours

By

The farmer was agreeably surprised to find that the sack out of which he had already sown a large field did not diminish, and was still the same in weight and size as when he met the fairy.

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Elves in Scotland: Relation with Men

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The wife of a farmer in Lothian had fallen into the hands of the fairies, and, during the probationary year, sometimes appeared on a Sunday, among her children, combing their hair.

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Elves in Scotland: Sea Elves

By

His guide produced an enormous knife, and he already thought that his end was come; when the latter quieted his fears, and asked him if he had never before seen the knife?

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Elves in Scotland: Spiteful Tricks

By

A thick fog concealed the road, and confused his senses. Every stone was, in the farmer's eyes, as large as a mountain; every little brook seemed to flow in an opposite direction.

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Elves in Scotland: the Brownie

By

So cheap and useful a servant is naturally very valuable, but cannot be obtained with money. He continues in a family so long as a member of it survives.

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Elves in Scotland: the Elf bull

By

The elf bull is small in comparison with the real one; of a mouse colour, has upright ears, short horns and legs; his hair is short, smooth, and shining like an otter.

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Elves in Scotland: Their Skills

By

Every fairy unites in his own person the most various trades: he is his own weaver, tailor, and shoemaker.

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Marriott the Glutton

Unknown writer

Marriott was a lawyer who piqued himself on the brutal qualification of a voracious appetite, and a powerful digestive faculty.

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Moll Cut Purse

Unknown writer

She was a participator in most of the crimes and wild frolics of her time; and was notorious as a fortune-teller, a pickpocket, and a receiver of stolen goods.

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