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HAUNTED HOUSE.

I WAS HOME WITH THE BABY. THE BABY WAS ASLEEP AND I HEARD THIS
CHILD RUNNING AND IT SOUNDED LIKE THE CHILD BUMPED INTO THE WALL.
SO WHEN I CHECKED ON THE BABY HE WAS STILL ASLEEP.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL

Keyword(s): GHOST- CHILD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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HAUNTED HOUSE.

IT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO DURING THE 1960'S. AT ONE TIME I HEARD SOMEON
WALKING IN MY HALLWAY AND IT CONTINUED PASS MY LIVING ROOM WHERE
A FRIEND AND I WERE SITTING. WE SEARCHED THE HOUSE AND COULDN'T FIND
ANYONE. AT ANOTHER TIMES I HAVE HEARD MOVING SOUNDS AND I KNEW
NO-ONE ELSE WAS HOME BUT ME.

Data entry tech comment: THE WORD " PASS " I FEEL IS PAST. " AT ANOTHER TIMES " I FEEL MEANS
AT OTHER TIMES.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL

Keyword(s): NOISY GHOST.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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IF A SOLDIER ENTERS YOUR HOME, YOU MUST BE HOSPITABLE
AND GRANT EVERY WISH THEY DESIRE IN ORDER TO RETAIN GOOD LUCK
IN THE HOME. THIS BROUGHT GOOD LUCK IF DONE CORRECTLY.
IF NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH, MISFORTUNE MAY OCCUR TO MALE MEMBERS
OF THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS HELD BY INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER
DURING 1940-1941 WHEN ENGLAND WAS IN WWII ALONE WITHOUT
THE AID OF THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Legend
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MARRIAGE ENGAGEMENT SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED
THE DAY AFTER BOTH DREAM OF THEIR MARRIAGE. THIS
BRINGS GOOD LUCK AND SUCCESS TO THE FUTURE MARRIAGE.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ON THE FIRST SIGHT OF SPRING, A CELEBRATION MUST
BE INITIATED BY THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE TWO OR MORE BOYS
IN THE VILLAGE TO INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: IT WAS BELIEVED THIS WOULD INSURE HEALTHY BIRTHS OF
ALL CHILDREN AND WOULD INCREASE THE BIRTHS OF BOYS.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IT IS NECESSARY TO BOIL A POTATOE ON THE FIRST
DAY OF SCHOOL TO GUARANTEE GOOD LUCK FOR THE
STUDENT FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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WHEN AN UNFAMILIAR GUEST ENTERS YOUR HOME, YOU
MUST HAVE FRESH FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE. THIS CUSTOM
ENSURED A HAPPY VISIT FOR BOTH PARTIES.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; FLOWERS ; Guest ; HOSPITALITY ; SUPERSTITION ; tradition

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF A PERSON IS ILL IN A HOUSE, ONE CAN DETERMINE
DEATH IS NEAR IF A CAT WILL NOT REMAIN IN THE HOUSE.
IT IS BELIEVED CATS COULD SMELL DEATH NEARBY.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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WHEN SPRING CLEANING THE RUGS AND PAINTINGS MUST BE METICULOUSLY
CLEANED FOR GOOD LUCK IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOU SEE A FUNERAL PROCESSION,
YOU MUST HOLD ONTO A BUTTON BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK
NOT TO DO SO.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life
BELIEF -- Conversions Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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