encounter, and not allowing them to depart on their way without a good shower bath. The exact origin of this quaint, and not altogether pleasant, custom, does not seem to be known, but two or three very fantastic legends are told with regard to it. One of these is the following :a" That the weight
the lake, dalhousie park.
of the world has been borne by a mortal for the space of a year as a punishment for sin, and that the water is used as a purification after the burden has been removed."
Another legend which is more fanciful, and more attractive, states that the world has been guardedAnother legend which is more fanciful, and more attractive, states that the world has been guarded