My dear Mr Fison I send you by this mail a copy of "South Australian Folk Lore" by our friend Taplin. I do not know whether I have been most amused or irritated by reading it! But I do know that I have been very much annoyed by his coldly adopting your method of work - our method of work as to the kinship terms without a word of acknowledgement and as far as you are concerned only the very slightest references.
I am in the humour to review his book, and I should enjoy doing so. I am amused at the template way in which he disperses of the Tamilian system p. 174. It is highly necessary that we take the field with as little delay as possible or else we shall be charged by and bye by Taplin Curr and coy with being followers in their footsteps. I regret to say that as yet I have received only one
[filled - crossed out] circular from Queensland and scarcely hope for results. But to be without results would be preferable than to have results and publish them as Taplin has done. It is sickening to see a book such as his of which the principle characteristic is conceit and total want of scientific aim was mistrust I am anxiously waiting to hear from