6 APRIL 1867, Page 22

Lancashire Folk - Lore. By John Harland and T. T. Wilkinson. (F.

Warne and Co.)—" We always get out of bed either on the right side or with the right foot first ; we take care not to cross two knives on the table ; mothers never allow a child to be weighed soon after its birth ; our children still blow their ages at marriage from the tops of the dandelion." The " wo " stands for the people of Lancashire, and the present volume is full of their superstitions. Lancashire witches, ghosts, and boggarts, charms and spells, omens, Satanic appearances, visits of elves and fairies, are all chronicled, sometimes with a smile, and sometimes 'with a show of credence. But whether this occasional belief is that of the editors or their informants does not appear.