chapter  II
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If Maso be Mars, it is probable that we have him here known only by his first name and earliest attributes. My informant positively denied that Maso \vas in this case only the diminutive of Tommaso, or Thomas-as was (of course)

promptly suggested by one of the learned. And I am inclined to believe the former, because there is no apparent reason whatever, beyond mere resemblance of name, why a spirit of nature should be called Thomas after a saint; while that

between the Inodern Maso and the ancient Mas is very great. A single coincidence, be it of name or attribute, or incident, gives basis for' nothing more than an hypothesis, or supposition; t'Zoo, as of name and attribute, entitles us to form a theory; three, as \vhen both are borne out by established tradition and testimony, constitute authentic history. In this case the latter is wanting, but great allowance

Inust be nlade for the fact that Maso appears in company with a number of others of \vhose authenticity there can be little doubt.