This latter wass a remarkably larg and beautiful
animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree. In speaking of his intelligence,
my wife, who at heart was not a little tinctured with supersition, made frequent allusion to the
ancient poplular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disquise. Not that she was
ever serious uon this point - and I mention the matter at all for no better reason that that it
happens, just now, to be remembered.