281, BENGALI. gone, I am dying.' Then the boys ran into their houses saying that a mad man had come arid was acting in a queer way. Then Safar Hauladar came and took a doctor who was at Eamchandrapur to Usmanulla's house. The doctor examined the man and said that he had become speechless. At that moment, or shortly afterwards, the man died, ___________ The Mowing specimen comes from Jessore, It is the Parable of the Prodi- gal Son. The translation is an excellent specimen of the dialect. Note the tendency, which we have also observed in Western Bengali for the 3rd singular Past to end in o in the case of intransitive, and in e in the case of transitive verbs. Thus thaklo, he remained; utUd, he arose ; but hie, he said; dele, he gave, The Habitual Past, as usual, is always treated as if the verb was intransitive. Thus, klidto, they used to eat.