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. XL JAN. 24, 1903.

right or privilege of inserting a new life in the lease. This the amount of the heriot will plainly show, inasmuch as, although the rack rent is nearly 501. per annum, the heriot paid was only 10s., a sum totally inadequate tor such a purpose as extending the lease by putting in another and of course a young and presumably long life.

FRED. C. FROST, F.S.I. Teign mouth.

JAPANESE MONKEYS (9 th S. xi. 9). In Laf- cadio Hearn's * Unfamiliar Japan,' Boston and New York, 1896, I find in vol. i. p. 46 the following :

" Close by stands a great slab bearing upon the upper portion of its chiseled surface an image in relief of Buddha, meditating upon a lotus ; and below are carven three weird little figures, one with hands upon its eyes, one with hands upon its ears, one with hands upon its mouth ; these are Apes. 'What do they signify?' I inquire. My friend answers vaguely, mimicing each gesture of the three sculptured shapes, * I see no bad thing ; I hear no bad thing ; I speak no bad thing.' " Again, on p. 127 :

" His presence is revealed only by the statues of the Three Mystic Apes which are his servants, Mizaru, who sees no evil, covering his eyes with

his hands, Kikazaru, who hears no evil, covering his ears with

his hands, Iwazaru, who speaks no evil, covering his mouth

with his hands."


The enclosed cutting from the Standard of 9 January may prove interesting, and shows that the line of demarcation is very slight. The Aquarium closed on that day, it is stated in the advertising columns of the same paper, and therefore the chance of seeing this remarkable connecting link may not be again afforded :

" ' Consul,' a man Chimpanzee. Shakes hands> kisses, eats with knife and fork, drinks like a human being, plays football, sews with needle and thread, writes, reads, rides a tricycle seven ways. ' Consul ' washes his hands and feet."

JOHN PICKFORD, M.A. Newbourne Rectory, Woodbridge.

"CHERCHEZ LA FEMME" (7 th S. xi. 134). A correspondent, quoting the ' Gefliigelte Worte' of Buchmann, gives the following re- ference to 'Les Mohicans de Paris' (Dumas) : "ii. 16."* I am not clear whether this is intended for the play or the novel, but apparently it is not correct for either. I have referred to both, and am now able to

  • I do not find this reference in the 1889 edition.

Your correspondent gives it as on p. 213 of the 1879 edition. Perhaps there was some reason for omitting it from the later edition.

give the references. In the novel (1856-7 edition) the phrase occurs in vol. iii. chap, x., entitled ' Monsieur Jackal,' and again in the following chapter (xi.), entitled 'Cherchez la fern me.' I have seen a reference to chaps, xxxiv. and xxxv., which is correct, starting from the beginning there are twelve chapters in each of the first two volumes although perhaps rather mislead- ing. In the play the phrase is to be found in sc. vii. of Act III. (fifth tableau), 1865 edition. EDWARD LATHAM.

61, Friends' Road, East Croydon.

"WHEN THE LITTLE DRUMMER BEATS TO BED" (9 th S. xi. 28). I remember as a boy seeing the lines referred to at the head of one of the chapters of a novel by the late James Grant, called, I think, l Hollywood Hall,' and they have ever since remained in my memory. As there given they ran, I think, as follows : When the hollow drum has beat to bed, And the little fifer hangs his head, When all is mute the Moorish flute, And nodding guards watch wearily, Oh, then let me, From prison free, March out by moonlight cheerily.

C. L. S.

When the hollow drum has beat to bed, When the little fifer hangs his head,

are the first two lines of Agnes's song in Act I. sc. ii. of ' The Mountaineers,' a musical drama in three acts, by George Colman the Younger, performed at the Haymarket, 1793, Agnes being taken by Mrs. Bland, n6e Roman- zini. ADRIAN WHEELER.

ARMS OF ABBEY OF BURTON-ON-TRENT (9 th S. x. 468). Tanner, in his ' Notitia Monastica,' 1695, gives a representation of the arms of this abbey, but I think the five mullets are shown silver, and not black. In Shaw's ' His- tory and Antiquities of Staffordshire,' written at the end of the eighteenth century, there is an illustration of about twelve seals which are mentioned as being in the possession of the Earl of Uxbridge. Some days ago I wrote to the secretary of the Marquess of Anglesey (Earl of Uxbridge) to inquire if the seals are now at Beaudesert. HERBERT SOUTHAM.

The seal of the collegiate church shows our Lord and His disciples at the Last Supper, with the arms or the abbey below and


Aa the deeds of surrender were deposited in the Augmentation Office the history of which is in 'Abbeys around London ' the seal may still be in the Record Office. Your corre- spondent should consult Mr. Scargill-Bird's