Philobiblon: Meeting Sir Stamford Raffles and hearing tall tales

Friday, December 30, 2005

Meeting Sir Stamford Raffles and hearing tall tales

Miss Williams Wynn is today meeting Sir Stamdford Raffles, and hearing some tall tales of Sumatra - including cannibalism of living bodies, with a side dish of salt and spices. Well I guess one of the rewards for enduring obscure foreign climes is being able to tell weird tales afterwards.

She does also, however, hear quite an accurate account of the "mermaid" (manatee).

Then for light relief she comments on a family of English aristocrats said to have tails like monkeys ....

(More on Raffles.)

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