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76                                   SHROVE TUESDAY.                       [FEB. 3.
women or girls whom they chose. This, together with the general holiday observed in the afternoon of that day, and the customary sports then indulged in, is of course a remnant of the mediaeval carnival.
Devonshire.
In the south-eastern part of Devon the children at this season of the year visit people's houses, singing :
" Tippetty, tippetty to, Give me a pancake and I'll be go."
N. & Q. Ut S. vol. xi. p. 244.
At Tavistock, the following lines are sung by the children at the houses of the principal inhabitants :
" Lancrock (?) a pancake, A fritter for my labour; I see by the string The good dame's in. Tippy tappy, toe, Nippy, nappy, uo; If you'll give something, I'll be ago (i.e., gone)."
N. & Q. 4th 8. vol. v. p. 380.
Dorsetshire and Wiltshire.
In these, if not in other counties, a practice called Lent Crocking is observed. The boys go about in small parties visiting the various houses, headed by a leader, who goes up and knocks at the door, leaving his followers behind him, armed with a good stock of potsherds—the collected relics of the washing-pans, jugs, dishes, and plates, that have become the victims of concussion in the hands of unlucky or careless housewives for the past year. When the door is opened, the hero—who is, perhaps, a farmer's boy, with a pair of black eyes sparkling under the tattered brim of his brown milking-hat—hangs down his head, and, with one
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