290 Reply to Mr. Howitt and Mr. Jevons.
that his argument overlooked the northern and central
facts in tribes with all the social advances, but with no
All Father belief. Here a strange confusion arose. Mr.
Howitt (Folk-Lore[italic], p. 175) cites me as quoting Messrs.
Spencer and Gillen for the central and northern facts,
while on the same page, and on page 188, he says that
I represented the facts of Messrs. Spencer and Gillen as
parts of his "own collection of facts."
Surely Mr. Howitt might have seen that I could not
intend to ascribe to him the authority for facts which he
says that I quoted as given y two other authors? The
truth is that a comma, accidentally standing where it ought
not (Folk-Lore[italic], Vol. xvi. No. 2, p. 223), caused the impres-
sion in Mr. Howitt's mind that I attributed to him the
facts for which I also referred to Messrs. Spencer and
The sentence runs-erroneously punctuated- "We are
here on the ground of facts carefully recorded, though
strangely overlooked, by Mr. Howitt. . ."
Delete the second comma!1[reference]
However, probably I should not have said that Mr.
Howitt "strangely overlooked" the northern facts. I
should have said that, if he really was arguing, as I sup-
posed, for the All Father belief as a concomitant or result
of certain social advances, he might explain why, in a very
large area, we have all the social advances without the belief.
For the sake of brevity, I shall not discuss Mr. Howitt's
theory of what he[italic] calls "group marriage" and I[italic] call pir-
rauru[italic], till he completes the general criticism which he
promises, and for which I thank him in advance. As he
sometimes misconceives my meaning in his recent paper,
and fails to understand my reasoning, I venture to wish
myself better fortune in his promised critique; and I
1 (We apologise for the misleading comma. Mr. Lang is so exact in such
matters that we are in the habit of leaving his punctuation entirely unaltered;
hence the oversight escaped correction in proof. - ED.)
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