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An amuaing tale of an ikon fa representa- tion of a 8acred figure) and an engine is told by Mr- Stephen Graham in the Times to illus- trate the superstition of the Russian peasan- try. One peasant held that it was an unclean spirit that made a steam engine go forward; another said it was just steam. no more, he knew. It is an unclean spirit," the former reoeated. "I'll bet it is an unclean spirit." How .will you prove that it ia?" "I'll bet you a quarter the engine won't be able to pass the ikon of Mikhail the Ugodnik." "Very well-done! The ikon was brought to the railway lines. Presently thrum, thrum, thrum, the post- train left the village railway station. The first peasant stood himself on the lines and held the ikon in front of him with both hands. The other stood by and watched. The train came on, but when the engine-driver saw the peasant barring the way and apparently flag- ging the train he brought his machine to a standstill and c.ried out to know what was the matter. "You see," said the peasant, "the engine dare not pass the ikon. The quarter is mine—let's so and have a drink."

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