In Japan, deeds, notes of hand, certificates, and other docu- ments to be used as proofs were formerly sealed in this way, a practice to which the word tegata (hand-shape) still used of such papers, remains to testify.
Documents are in existence in which Mikados have authenti- cated their signatures by an impression of their hand in red ink.
VV. G. Aston. \Cf. Tooth impressions, Vol. xv., p. 343. — Ed.]
I do not know if it has been recorded that in the south of
Ireland, when children are playing together, if a boy hurts a little
girl so as to draw blood, his nurse says to the boy, " Now you'll
have to marry her." I am afraid that in my very young days I
was thus betrothed more than once, but unhappily I never carried.
out the contract, and have now even forgotten the names of* my
betrothed ones, I see there is a reference to such betrothals.
in The Legend of Perseus^ II., 342.