hese terms, as we know them in history, are survivals from some prehistoric state of things; and whether they were originally applied to a hundred of houses, or of families, or of warriors, we do not know.
Freeman, Comparative politics, 118. M. Geffroy, in his interesting essay on the Germania of Tacitus, suggests that the term canton may have a similar origin.
Geffroy, Rome et les Barbares, 209. The outlines of these primitive groups are, however, more obscure than those of the more primiGeffroy, Rome et les Barbares, 209. The outlines of these primitive groups are, however, more obscure than those of the more primitive mark, because in most cases they have been either crossed and effaced or at any rate diminished in importance by the more highly compounded groups which came next in order of formation.
Next above the hundred, in order of composition, comes the group known in ancient Italy as the pagus, in Attica perhaps as the deme, in Germany and at first in England as the gau or ga, at a later date in England as the shire. Whatever its name, this group answers to the tribe regarded as settled upon a