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What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when bimsoll
among women, though puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture.

Urx.Burial, chap. 5.

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846 & 348 BROADWAY.

1857.

2.1.

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1896, by

D. APPLETON & COMPANY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Soşthern District of New York.

PREFACE.

NOTES AND QUERIES* may be called a literary exchange, where all who know something-have something to ask -or who can solve something," may meet upon common ground.

This excellent idea has in its execution proved of real service to literature, by throwing light on many obscure and debated points, and by bringing out much valuable and pleasant knowledge, which, for want of such a publication, has lain hid in old crypts, in dust-incrusted pigeonholes, and in the dark, unfrequented nooks of libraries, where, but for this work, it might have slumbered for ages, or have been altogether lost.

Southey, in The Doctor, characterizes the Gentleman's Magazine as a “great lumber-room, wherein small ware of all kinds has been laid up higgledy-piggledy, by halfpennyworths or farthingworths at a time, till, like broken

* Notes and Queries, a medium of intercommunication for literary men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc. London, published weekly, November, 1849, December, 1855. 1st series, 12 vols..

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