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enchanting melodies, and was curious to know whether the youngest of the sons of Kyahy Taboos, conquering himself, would reap the rich reward Batara Guru had empowered the apsara to bestow on the most deserving.

"Oh she,” he muttered, "she, the cloud-spirit, groping in her deliverance for the liberation of her lover from the thraldom of carnal appetite, will she attain her wish and elevate him to glory?"

Mashmool seemed to hesitate. Anxious for a token, he scanned the horizon to the North where Kubera, the god of worldly indulgence, keeps his court, and to the North-East where Chandra illuminates the joys of paradise.

“Thou, Surya, direct his decision!" pleaded Sry Nagasary, invoking the sun, which began to climb the firmament in his golden chariot behind his milk-white, lucent horses.

At his advent Mashmool obtained the inspiration he had sought. And Surya soon reigning supreme, Mashmool loudly published his choice, erect on the ridge at the river's edge, gorgeously clothed in the lord of fruition's reflected radiance as in shining armor, clenching shining weapons, put in his hands by the resplendent god: a flaming sword to strike at error and deceit, a lance with flashing head to drive back falsehood into slanderous throats, the minstrel having enlisted as a warrior in Batara Guru's army of the upright.

And Sry Nagasary contemplated him contentedly, fain to ascend whence she had come, going before with a cheery word of trust in a speedy consummation of their union; with a prayer in her heart for its perfection in purity, such a prayer as no god can resist: May my soul be his soul as his soul is my soul, one forever in whole, undying troth!



The annual meeting of the American Folk-Lore Society was held Dec. 27, 1918, at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

In the absence of the President, Dr. Fewkes called the meeting to order. Owing to the absence of the Secretary, Dr. Charles Peabody, Dr. R. H. Lowie was elected Secretary pro tem.

Dr. Boas was called upon to read the Secretary's, Treasurer's, and Editor's reports.

SECRETARY'S REPORT. The membership of the Society, including the libraries subscribing to the Journal, is as follows:

1917 1918 Honorary members

8 8 Life members Annual members.

385 381

404 400 Subscribing libraries ..

169 177 The Secretary announces with deep regret the death of Professor Paul Sébillot of Paris, honorary member of the Society.




On motion of T. Michelson, the Secretary's report was unanimously adopted.



Receipts. Balance, 1917 .

$882.17 Membership dues

1,065-58 Sale of Canadian number .

70.10 G. E. Stechert, sale to libraries

279.30 Interest

19.09 Total receipts . .



New Era, July-Sept, 1917, number .
G. Beaverson, music printing.
Columbia University Press
Miss Taylor, Index, Vol. XXX
Miss Andrews, services
A. Espinosa, expenses.
Rebates to Branches

$360.73 173.00 17.16 85.25 300.00


62.75 $1,023.89

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Sale of Vol. X.
Sale of Vol. XI
Miss Hague for Vol. X
Stechert, sale of miscellaneous Memoirs
Charles Peabody, for Index
Interest, Newell Fund ..
Subscriptions, Publication Fund

Total receipts


64.05 252.50

1.90 100.00 83.00 53.00





New Era, Volume X . .
Musical Courier, Volume X
G. Beaverson, Volume XIII
Miss Taylor, Index of Journal, Vols. I-XXV (Newell Memorial

Total expenses




ALFRED M. TOZZER, Treasurer.

The Treasurer's report was referred to an auditing committee.

REPORT OF THE EDITOR. During the past year, publication of the Journal was much delayed on account of the difficulties of getting work done promptly in the printing-office. At the present time three numbers for 1918 have been published, and the last number is in type. The plan of developing studies in English, Indian, Negro, French, and Spanish folk-lore has been continued. The Editor wishes to express his thanks to Mr. Barbeau, President of the Society, for the energetic development of the Canadian field. Owing to the expansion of the field of work of the Society, the amount of material that is coming in has increased so much that the financial resources of the Society are not adequate to take care of all the material that is offered and that should be published. It is almost impossible to keep the Journal down to less than five hun

dred pages, and the subscription price of three dollars is entirely inadequate for covering the expenses of a journal of this size.

During the year one volume of memoirs has been published, Elsie Clews Parsons' "Folk-Tales of Andros Island." There are still in the hands of the Editor two manuscripts, — Dean Fansler's "FolkTales of the Philippine Islands;" and the Index for the first twentyfive volumes of the Journal, by Miss Taylor, which is to form the Newell Memorial Volume. It is very desirable that both of these manuscripts be printed.

FRANZ BOAS, Editor. The Editor's report was adopted as read.

Dr. Boas moved that, in view of the cost of publication of the Journal, a proposal to increase the annual dues to $4 be submitted to the branch societies, and, if approved by them and subsequently by the Council of the Society, that the dues be so changed. This motion was passed.

The Nominating Committee then presented the following list of candidates for election, to serve during the year 1919:

PRESIDENT, Elsie Clews Parsons.
FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT, E. C. Hills (Bloominton, Ind.).

COUNCILLORS, for three years, Phillips Barry, C. M. Barbeau, A. E. Espinosa.

EDITOR, Franz Boas.

AssociATE EDITORS, G. L. Kittredge, A. M. Espinosa, C. M. Barbeau, Elsie Clews Parsons.

TREASURER, A. M. Tozzer.
These officers were elected by acclamation.

R. H. LOWIE, Secretary pro tem.

VOL. 32.-NO. 124.-23.


SINKYONE TALES. — The Sinkyone are an Athapascan division on and about lower south fork of Eel River, in northwestern California. According to Dr. P. E. Goddard, their dialect is similar to that of the Lassik, a collection of whose tales he has published in this Journal. The present writer has carried on no investigations among the Sinkyone, except for inquiries put during a day or two in the course of a trip made in 1902 from Humboldt Bay to the head waters of Eel River for the purpose of ascertaining something concerning the general ethnological status and relations of the then practically unknown and nearly extinct Indians geographically intermediate between the two distinct native cultures represented by the Hupa and the Wailaki of Round Valley. Since then Dr. Goddard has been among the Sinkyone and neighboring Athapascans, and has carried on researches that will illustrate both their language and their life and thought; but, until the appearance of his publications, the present collection of mythical tales, fragmentary though they be, may be of some interest. Stories and episodes 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, and 11 were told by George Burt of Dyerville; Nos. 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, and the variations of 4 and 11, by Mrs. Tom Bell, living at a place near the coast known as French, but having her origin, on her mother's side, from Garberville, to the people of which locality her tales probably belong. Nearly all the stories have more or less close parallels in various parts of California.'

1. A kyoi (spirit, myth-person, one of the people of the former nonhuman race) said, “When people die, they will come back after five days." Coyote said, “No, there will be too many people.” Then the kyoi consented. Now, Coyote had two children, who both died. Then Coyote said, “The five days are over now.” When the children did not come to life, he said, “My relative (sinting), I thought you said that when people died, they would come back after five days.” But the kyoi answered, "You said that they were to die.”

2. Coyote made the deer wild. When a kyoi made the deer, he said that they would be tame. Coyote took pepperwood-leaves, put them on the fire, and they crackled and gave off strong smell. Then the deer, which had been about the fire, became alarmed, and scattered, and grew wild From this time on they scented and heard people from a distance. If it had not been for Coyote, the deer would have been so tame that people could knock them down with a stick.

3. The sun used to just rise in the east and then go down again. It was always dark. Coyote went eastward, trying to shoot the sun; but

1 Other Athapascan collections, all by P. E. Goddard, are Hupa Texts (UCal 1 : 89368, 1904); Kato Texts (Ibid., 5:65-238, 1909); Chilula Texts (Ibid., 10 : 289-379, 1914); Lassik Tales (JAFL 19: 133, 1906). For wider comparisons, see A. L. Kroeber, Indian Myths of South Central California (UCal 4 : 167–250, 1907), especially pp: 170-186.

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