me a year agone. Had you but received me civilly, I
would have paid you something more.
Sir Abbot, and ye men of law,
Now have I kept my day!
Now shall I have my land again,
For aught that you may say.
So he passed out of the hall singing merrily, leaving
swore lustily that he would neither eat nor drink till he
had seen that friar. Leaving his men where they were, he
put on a coat of mail and a steel cap, took his shield and
sword, slung his bow over his shoulder, and filled his
quiver with arrows. Thus a
being granted he gave three whistles, which were
followed by the noise of a great crashing through the
trees, as fifty great dogs bounded towards him.
Heres a dog for each of your men, said the friar, and I
myself for you; but the dogs did not listen to h
criticism, and many of its conclusions, in the necessary
absence of historical testimony as to times far behind the
lowest known savages, must be hypothetical.
For these sound reasons official science long looked
askance on Anthropology. Her followers wer
fearful battle awaits us, and we must not give way an
inch. If any man feels afraid let him go back to his own
land. This is no place for cowards.
The cowards heard joyfully, and without shame took the
road by which they had come. They spurred their horse
When they arrived at the Palace, in the presence of the
King, Little John fell on his knees and held the letter out.
God save you, my liege lord, he said; and the King
unfolded the letters and read them.
There never was yeoman in Merry England I longed so
adopts the airs of her elder sisters among the sciences, and
is as severe as they to the Cinderella of the family,
Psychical Research. She must murmur of her fairies
among the cinders of the hearth, while they go forth to the
ball, and dance with provinci
angry and smote Little John with his hand. Little John
was not the man to bear being treated so, and he told
Robin roundly that he would never more own him for
master, and straightway turned back into the wood. At
this Robin was ashamed of what he had don
It was not my fault, answered Little John, but the fault
of your servants, master. For they would not give me my
dinner, and he went away to see to the supper.
It was spread under the greenwood tree, and they sat
down to it, hungry men all. But when the S
Take the grey horse, said Robin, and put a new saddle
on it, and take likewise a good palfrey and a pair of boots,
with gilt spurs on them. And as it were a shame for a
Knight to ride by himself on this errand, I will lend you
Little John as Squire percha
your useful savages, and (in regard to some
anthropologists) his criticism is just. You have but to
skim a few books of travel, pencil in hand, and pick out
what suits your case. Suppose, as regards our present
theme, your theory is that savages possess b
powers of cognition are displayed therein. They are,
prima facie, due to spirit control. But the conditions are
so complex that a dogmatic decision either for or against
the hypothesis must as yet be postponed.
In the trances of this medium I cannot
so he turned up his sleeve, and gave Robin such a buffet
on the head that he rolled upon the ground.
There is pith in your arm, said Robin. Come, shoot a
main with me. And the King took up a bow, and in so
doing his hat fell back and Robin saw his face.
Now, this question is not otiose. Mr. Tylor, like other
anthropologists, Mr. Huxley, Mr. Herbert Spencer, and
their followers and popularisers, constructs on
anthropological grounds, a theory of the Origin of
That origin anthropology explains as
yeomen, who live upon the Kings deer, and other food
have we none. Now you have abbeys and churches, and
gold in plenty; therefore give us some of it, in the name of
I have no more than forty pounds with me, answered the
King, but sorry I am
telepathy may, not inconceivably, be as fortunate in the
long run as meteorites, or as the more usual phenomena of
It is only Lord Kelvin who now maintains, or lately
maintained, that in hypnotism there is nothing at all but
fraud and malobserv
again, slipped away into the forest to carry out a plan that
had just come into his head.
He ran straight on for five miles, till he came up with the
Sheriff, who was still hunting, and flung himself on his
knees before him.
Reynold Greenleaf, cried the S
whispered to his master to follow him, and they crept
along till they reached the lowest part of the city wall,
from which they jumped and were safe and free.
Now, farewell, said Little John, I have done you a good
turn for an ill. Not so, answered Robin
Put up your sword, said the cook, and I will go with
you. But first we will have some food in my kitchen, and
carry off a little of the gold that is in the Sheriffs treasure
They ate and drank till they wanted no more, then they
broke the locks of
Welcome be thou, gentle Knight,
And right welcome to me.
Hast thou thy land again? said Robin,
Truth then tell thou me.
Yea, for God, said the Knight,
And that thank I God and thee.
Have here four hundred pounds, said the Knight,
The which you lent to me;
strait to let him know at the greenwood tree, and while
there was any gold there he should have it.
HOW LITTLE JOHN BECAME THE
Meanwhile the High Sheriff of Nottingham proclaimed a
great shooting-match in a broad open space, and Little
The most convincing things said about my own
immediate household were either very intimate or very
trivial. Unfortunately the former things cannot well be
published. Of the trivial things I have forgotten the
greater number, but the following, rarae nante
opinion, it is that the whole thing is an imposture, and a
Mr. Barkworth said that, as far as his experience went,
Mrs. Pipers powers are of the ordinary thought-reading
[i.e. muscle-reading] kind, dependent on her hold of the
visitors hand. Eac
presents problems of great interest ten pages later, and,
after offering a decided opinion that clairvoyance is
rubbish, Mr. Vincent thinks it rash to give any decided
opinion. It is rather rash to give a decided opinion, and
then to say that it is rash t
throughout the year, besides a change of clothes on each
This Friar had kept Fountains Dale
Seven long years or more,
There was neither Knight, nor Lord, nor Earl
Could make him yield before.
But now he became one of the most famous members of
the King; but an old Knight, full of days and wisdom,
answered him and warned him that the task of taking
Robin Hood would be a sore one, and best let alone. The
King, who had seen the vanity of his hot words the
moment that he had uttered them, listened
He robbed me, too, said the monk, of a hundred pounds
and more, but I have laid hands on him, and for that you
may thank me.
I thank you so much that, with your leave, I and my
friend will bear you company, answered Little John; for
in this forest are man
it from the ground, except William himself, who by
putting forth all his strength lifted it the height of a foot.
Let me aid you, said Rainouart, and catching it up he
whirled it round his head, throwing it lightly from hand to
hand. We are wasting time,
the copious and conclusive evidence as to their ethical
religion charges the Australians with having merely a
non-moral belief in casual spirits. We have also to show
that Mr. Huxley, under the dominance of his theory, and
inadvertently, quotes a good aut
born, and vowed that if he would enter his service he
would give twenty marks a year to so good a bowman.
Little John, who did not wish to confess that he was one
of Robin Hoods men and an outlaw, said his name was
Reynold Greenleaf, and that he was in th
inconsistent with materialism in its present dogmatic
form. To put it less trenchantly, and perhaps more
accurately, the alleged facts are not merely dramatically
strange, they are not merely extraordinary and striking,
but they are odd in the sense that
scabbard, but it seemed so light that he threw it down
again. Lady, he cried, what good can such a plaything
do me? But with my staff between my hands there is not
a Pagan that can stand up against me, and if one escapes
then let Count William drive me fr
Good Sir Abbot, be my friend, prayed the Knight again,
and give me one chance more to get the money and free
my lands. I will serve you day and night till I have four
hundred pounds to redeem them.
But the Abbot only swore a great oath, and vowed that the
it, and told Little John that he would have to make himself
happy till his lord returned.
Rude words mattered nothing to Little John, who was not
accustomed to be baulked by trifles, so he gave a mighty
kick which burst open the door, and then ate and dra
Welcome, Sir Knight, said the porter. The horse that
you ride is the noblest that ever I saw. Let me lead them
both to the stable, that they may have food and rest.
They shall not pass these gates, answered the Knight
sternly, and he entered the hall alon