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were the ancestors of the Dieri. But the fact remains
that the Mura mura were veritable black fellows, differing
no whit from the other blacks, excepting in that they had
greater magical powers. Andrew Lang will get no comfort out
of Howitt. Miss M. E. B. Howitt also has written a most
interesting paper on "Legends of some Lake Eyre Tribes", + this
also Howitt went over with me to my great delight. I
suggested that it should be sent to you for your perusal
before it goes to the Folk-lore Society for whom it is intended,
+ to whom you would forward it. This is to be done, + you
will be delighted with it. It deals with the Mura mura
among other things, + completely settles the question as to
the Good Spirit - at least as far as these tribes are
concerned.
Howitt's book would have been ready for the
printer ere now if he had not allowed himself to be persuaded
by the Government to continue in office for "a little
time", which little time has lengthened itself, + would
continue so to do indefinitely if he would let it. But he
has put his foot down at last, + swears by the Nine Gods that
he won't go on longer that to the end of the year. He has all
his materials ready, some of the chapters already done +
others nearly complete. The book will be about the size of
Spencer + Gillen's which Macmillan published.
Spencer has been sending to David Syme, proprietor of
the Age + Leader - the wealthy man who gave £1000 for the present
expedition - occasional [crossed out - papers] articles + illustrations which
are intensely interesting. A sudden thought came into my
head the other day, + I called upon the great David - one
of the crabbedest mortals on earth - to ask him to send you
copies of his papers containing Spencer's articles. His digestions was
happily in good order just then, + he jumped at my suggestion, +

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