By Andrew Lang
Several of the sketches in this volume have appeared in
periodicals. "The Bloody Doctor" was in Macmillan's Magazine, "The
Confessions of a Duffer," "Loch Awe," and "The Lady or the Salmon?" were in the
Fishing Gazette, but have been to some extent re-written. "The Double
Alibi" was in Longman's Magazine. The author has to thank the Editors and
Publishers for permission to reprint these papers.
The gem engraved on the cover is enlarged from a small
intaglio in the collection of Mr. M. H. N. STORY-MASKELYNE, M.P. Such gems were
recommended by Clemens of Alexandria to the early Christians. "The figure of a
man fishing will put them in mind of the Apostle." Perhaps the Greek is using
the red hackle described by AElian in the only known Greek reference to
Note to New Edition
The historical version of the Black Officer's career, very
unlike the legend in "Loch Awe," may be read in Mr. Macpherson's Social Life
in the Highlands.
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free to copy.