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GHOST STORY

TWO COUSINS (OR MAYBE GREAT-UNCLES) WERE DRIVING A WAGON HOME
FROM A PARTY. IT WAS SPRING, AND IN A VERY IRISH COMMUNITY
WHICH HAD PROBLEMS WITH SPIRITS. OCCASIONALLY, PEOPLE WOULD
SEE LIGHTS (WILL-O-WISPS) OVER GRAVES. THE TWO MEN NOTICED LIGHTS
ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THE LIGHTS FOLLOWED THEM CLOSER AND CLOSER.
THE FASTER THEY WENT, THE FASTER THE LIGHTS WENT AND THE CLOSER THEY
FOLLOWED. THE LIGHTS WERE INDISTINCT, GREENISH-GLOWING, MOVING
LIGHTS. THE MEN MADE THE HORSES RUN, BUT THE FASTER THE HORSES
RAN, THE FASTER THE LIGHTS FOLLOWED. AS THEY WENT DOWN THE HILL
PAST THE CEMETERY NEAR THE HOUSE, THE LIGHTS DISAPPEARED.

Submitter comment: CONTEXT: FATHER HEARD THIS FROM HIS FATHER, ROY J. SMITH, TELLING
GHOST STORIES.

Where learned: SOUTH DAKOTA ; YANKTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU EAT THE CRUST OF THE BREAD, IT WILL MAKE YOUR
HAIR CURLY.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WAS ALWAYS TOLD THIS BY HIS MOTHER. HE THINKS THAT
HE WAS TOLD THIS SO HE WOULD NOT WASTE BREAD, BUT ALSO
CONTENDS THAT THE WAVE AT HIS HAIRLINE COMES FROM FOL-
LOWING THIS.

Where learned: SOUTH DAKOTA ; YANKTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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AN OLD SAYING: TAKE A GUN AND SHOOT IT IN THE AIR. IF NONE OF
THE BULLETS COME DOWN AND KILL YOU, YOU ARE A LUCKY PERSON. IF
ONE DOES KILL YOU, YOU ARE A STUPID PERSON FOR TRYING.

Where learned: SOUTH DAKOTA

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Good luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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