I quicklybegano make collection f them.* This book,,
I believe, ontainsnearly all the Proverbsand Proverbial
sayingsow xtant mongheKashmiripeople.Theyhave
beengatheredrom various ources.Sometimeshe great
and learnedPandit instinctively uttered a proverb in myhearing; sometimes got the barber to tell me a thingor two, as hepolledmy head and sometimeshe poorcoolie
said somethingworth knowing, as carrying my load hetramped along beforeme. A few learned Muhammadanand Hindii friends also,have very materiallyhelpedrne n
this collection nd ts arrangement; ndhere againheartily
acknowledgeheir kind and ready service.Actuin est. It is done ; and now the manuscript has tobe sent o the publishers,and noticeshave to be posted o the
differentpapers nd ournals nterestedo advertise he work
" in the press." What will the little world say, nto whose
handst maychanceo arrive? How will the philologist, he
ethnologist,he antiquarian,he studentof folklore, and the
generalreader egard this which has cost some considerabletime and study. Dear reader, in order that your criticismmay not be so hard as t might, perhaps,otherwisebe, pleasepermit me to remind you that Kashmir proper is but a smallcountry, a little vale surrounded by snow-cappedmountainranges, about eighty-four miles long from north-west tosouth-east,and from twenty to twenty-five miles in width,
with an areaof about1,850squaremiles; that the Kashmiri
* '" The genius, wit and spirit of a nation are discovered in itsproverbs." - Bacon.
11 roverbsembody he current and practical philosophy of an age
or tuition."-- Fleming.
*" Proverbs each the real people'sspeech,and open up the hitherto
sealed book of the native mind,"-John Beames.