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70 It was with difficulty he could be persuaded that his services were not required beyond the gratification of curiosity. Upon our giving expression to our incredulity, the good temper of the doctor was scarcely proof against the sight, notwithstanding the charm of a fee for his trouble; and gravely assured that his services had been required by many of the gentry including the Presbyterian minister of … The elf-bullet is used as a charm to protect cows in the byre. When one of these has been picked up upon the land it is immediately suspended in the byre and under its protection the cattle are esteemed secure from the malignant pranks of the unfriendly elfs.’

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