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IF YOU DROP A PIECE OF FLAT-WEAR (TABLE SILVER) YOU ARE
GOING TO HAVE COMPANY.

Submitter comment: HE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE HE HAD HEARD IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001968 SUMMER

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ALONG THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST, ESPECIALLY AROUND PARLEY'S ISLAND,
A STORY HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION OF THE
"GREY GHOST." THE STORY ORIGINATED PRIOR TO CIVIL WAR TIMES.
THE STORY BEGAN FROM A YOUNG MAN RETURNING HOME FROM A WAR TO
FIND HIS FIANCEE MARRIED. HE ONLY PEEPED IN A WINDOW AND FOUND
HER HAPPY, WHICH WAS HIS MAIN DESIRE, AND SO HE TURNED FROM THE
HOME AND WALKED INTO THE OCEAN.
ON MANY OCCASIONS, THE GREY GHOST HAS RETURNED AS A WARNING OF
IMPENDING TROUBLE OR DISASTER. THE LAST SUCH OCCURANCES WAS
DURING THE APPROACH OF THE HURRICANE, HAZEL, IN 1955. THE PEOPLE
IN CHARGE OF EVACUATING PARLEY'S ISLAND HAD CHECKED EACH HOUSE,
BUT AS THEY LEFT THE ISLAND, THEY SAW THE FIGURE OF THE GREY
GHOST IN A LIGHTED WINDOW WATCHING OVER THE ISLAND.
DURING MY VACATION ON THE ISLAND A FEW YEARS AGO, TWO TEENAGE
BOYS WERE WALKING ON THE BEACH BEFORE A THUNDER AND WIND STORM
ARRIVED, AND DECLARED THEY SAW A FIGURE WALKING TOWARD THEM. BUT
AS THEY CAME NEARER, THE FIGURE DISAPPEARED. WHEN THEY CAME
INSIDE, THEY WERE AS WHITE AS A SHEET, AS IF THEY HAD SEEN A
GHOST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SUICIDE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 05-08-1969

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THE GHOST OF RESTON

RESTON, VIRGINIA, NEAR WASHINGTON, D. C., IS NOW A NEW TOWN
BUT WAS ONCE THE SITE OF A BEAUTIFUL MANSION, ALSO KNOWN AS
RESTON. A YOUNG GIRL WITH LONG BLONDE HAIR LIVED HERE LONG
AGO. SHE WAS COURTED BY A MAN WHO BECAME INSANELY JEALOUS AND
IN A FIT OF ANGER, KILLED AND DECAPITATED HER, TAKING THE HEAD
WITH HIM IN HIS FLIGHT. THE HEADLESS BODY WAS BURIED ON THE
GROUNDS OF RESTON, BUT THE HEAD WAS NEVER DISCOVERED. SEARCHING
FOR HER HEAD, THE "GHOST OF RESTON" HAUNTED THE MANSION UNTIL
IT WAS DEMOLISHED.
WITHOUT A HOUSE OR HEAD NOW, SHE CONTINUES TO HAUNT LONELY ROADS
AND WOODS NEAR THE TOWN OF RESTON, AND HAS RECENTLY APPEARED
TO SEVERAL CARLOADS OF TEENAGERS, WHO HAVE MADE A HOBBY OF
"GHOSTWATCHING." SHE SEEMS ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN BLONDE GIRLS
LIKE HERSELF, FOR WHEN A CAR CONTAINING A BLONDE PARKED NEAR HER
HAUNTS, SHE NOT ONLY APPEARED BUT DREW CLOSE TO THE CAR AND TRIED
TO ENTER THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD. THE GIRL INSIDE SCREAMED AND
THE GHOST DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 05-12-1969

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A HOUSE IN CLIFTON FORGE, VIRGINIA WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HAUNTED.
IT WAS SAID THAT A MAN AND HIS WIFE USED TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE.
THE MAN DIED MYSTERIOUSLY AND DISAPPEARED. HE WAS THOUGHT TO BE
BURIED ON THE HILL JUST ABOVE THE HOUSE. HIS WIFE DIED ABOUT A
YEAR AFTER HE DID AND IT IS SAID THAT SHE HAUNTS THE HOUSE
AND CARRIES A LIGHT UPON THE HILLSIDE LOOKING FOR HER HUSBAND'S
GRAVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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IN MT. CRAWFORD, VIRGINIA, THIS STORY IS OFTEN TOLD. THERE
WAS A REAL OLD LADY THAT LIVED IN A LOG CABIN. SHE WAS VERY
SUPERSTITIOUS AND EVERYONE AROUND THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS A WITCH.
SHE HAD A CAT THAT WOULD CLIMB ON TOP OF AN OLD BOARD FENCE
EVERY NIGHT AND WOULD MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF NOISE.
SO ONE NIGHT, THESE BOYS TOOK THE CAT AND CUT OFF HIS CLAWS,
SO THAT HE WOULDN'T CLIMB THE FENCE.
THEY DIDN'T HEAR ANYMORE ABOUT THE CAT. HOWEVER, WHEN SOMEONE
WENT TO VISIT THE OLD LADY, SHE WAS SITTING IN HER ROCKING
CHAIR. ALL OF HER FINGERS WERE CUT OFF AT THE ENDS AND SHE
HAD RAGS WRAPPED AROUND THEM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; VIRGINIA ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; MOUNT CRAWFORD ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Angel
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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MY GRANDMOTHER SAID THAT SHE LIVED IN A HOUSE BETWEEN MIDDLEBROOK
AND GREENVILLE, VIRGINIA. THE MAN WHEN SHE MOVED IN SAID NOT TO
PAY ANY ATTENTION TO WHAT SHE HEARD IN THE HOUSE, BUT SHE DID.
ONE MORNING, THEY WERE SETTING AT THE TABLE EATING WHEN UPSTAIRS
IN THE ROOM WHERE HIS WIFE HAD A SPINNING WHEEL, SHE HEARD THE
WHEEL SPINNING. SHE WENT UP INTO THE ROOM BUT THE WHEEL WAS TIED
UP JUST LIKE IT HAD ALWAYS BEEN. HIS WIFE HAD DIED IN THIS HOUSE
AND THEY COULD HEAR HER CHINA WASH BOWL RATTLE MANY TIMES AND
NOBODY COULD HAVE GOTTEN IN THE ROOM BECAUSE THEY KEPT IT LOCKED.
THEY DID NOT LIVE IN THAT HOUSE VERY LONG.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS GHOSTLY NOISE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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ONCE THERE WAS A LADY WHO WAS BURIED ALIVE. AFTER BEING BURIED
TWO DAYS, SOMEONE DUG UP THE GRAVE. THEY OPENED THE COFFIN AND
THE CLOTH WAS TORN OUT. HER FINGERNAILS WERE ALL GONE FROM
SCRATCHING AND THEY WERE BLEEDING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THERE IS A HOUSE IN VERONA, VIRGINIA AND IF YOU GO THERE AT
NIGHT, YOU CAN SEE THIS MAN IN A CAGE AND HIS WIFE IS BEATING
HIM. HOWEVER, YOU CAN'T FIND THE HOUSE IN THE DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; VIRGINIA ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; VERONA ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THERE WAS A GREAT BIG YELLOW HOUSE IN WHICH A MAN KILLED
HIS WIFE AND KIDS. EVERYBODY WAS AFRAID TO LIVE IN THE
HOUSE BUT MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER MOVED INTO IT.
THEY SAID YOU COULD HEAR BABIES CRYING AND WEIRD NOISES
EVERY NIGHT.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THERE WAS ONCE A GIRL WHO LOVED THIS MAN. SHE WANTED TO MARRY
HIM, BUT HER FATHER SAID NO. HER FATHER PAID THIS MAN TO GO.
THE GIRL THEN JUMPED OFF THE BRIDGE. SHE COMES BACK EVERY
NIGHT TO JUMP OFF THE BRIDGE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

James Callow Keyword(s): SUICIDE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THESE PEOPLE WENT DRIVING NEAR ROANOKE, VIRGINIA. THEY STOPPED
THE CAR AND WERE SITTING THERE, WHEN A HAND REACHED OUT AND
CAUGHT HOLD OF THE HANDLE OF THE CAR DOOR OUTSIDE. A HAND WAS
ALL THEY COULD SEE. IT WAS ALL BLOODY AND TORN UP. THEY TOOK
OFF AS FAST AS THEY COULD, BUT THE HAND FELL OFF AND THEY
COULDN'T FIND IT.
THEY FOUND OUT THE NEXT DAY THAT A MAN HAD BEEN KILLED WHERE THEY
WERE THAT NIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

James Callow Keyword(s): GHOST HAUNTS SCENE OF ACCIDENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THIS BOY WAS GOING TO HIS COUSIN'S TO GO FISHING WITH THEM.
WHEN HE GOT OFF THE TRAIN, NOBODY WAS THERE TO MEET HIM, SO HE
TOLD THE TRAINMASTER THAT HE WOULD WALK. THE TRAINMASTER THEN
SAID, "BEWARE OF JACOB MARLEY." THE BOY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT
HE MEANT, BUT HE STARTED WALKING TOWARD HIS COUSIN'S HOUSE. IT
WAS RAINING AND THUNDERING WHEN HE HAD SET OUT. HE HADN'T BEEN
WALKING VERY LONG WHEN HE HEARD A WAGON AND HORSES BEHIND HIM.
HE SAW AN OLD MAN DRIVING AN OLD WAGON. WHEN THE WAGON CAME
NEARER, HE YELLED OUT, "CAN I HAVE A RIDE?" NO ANSWER CAME
FROM THE MAN, SO THE BOY JUMPED ON.
WHEN HE WAS NEARING HIS COUSIN'S HOUSE HE SAID, "I GET OFF HERE,"
BUT THE WAGON KEPT GOING. HE JUMPED OFF, BUT HE HAD LEFT HIS
SUITCASE ON THE WAGON. HE WENT IN AND TOLD HIS COUSINS ALL ABOUT
WHAT HAPPENED. THEY SAID, "YOU MUST OF BEEN RIDING WITH JACOB
MARLEY."
THIS IS THE STORY THEY TOLD HIM:
ONE NIGHT, IT WAS THUNDERING AND LIGHTENING, AND IT WAS RAINING
VERY BAD. JACOB MARLEY WAS DRIVING HIS CARRIAGE ALONG THAT SAME
ROAD THAT NIGHT. THERE WAS A SHARP RIGHT TURN ABOVE THEIR
HOUSE, AND MARLEY HAD GONE OVER THE CLIFF.
THE NEXT MORNING THEY WENT DOWN TO THE CLIFF AND FOUND HIS
SUITCASE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

James Callow Keyword(s): GHOST HAUNTS SCENE OF ACCIDENT.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THIS BOY IN SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA WAS DATING A GIRL WHO LIVED NEXT
TO A GRAVEYARD. THEY USED TO WALK THROUGH IT AT NIGHT AND LOOK
AT THE TOMBSTONES.
ONE NIGHT, WHILE THEY WERE WALKING, HE SAW THAT A GRAVE HAD
BEEN DUG UP BUT SHE PAID NO ATTENTION TO IT. HE FELT SOMETHING
GRAB HIS SHOULDER AND HE STARTED RUNNING TOWARD HOME. HE
DIDN'T FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS AND HE NEVER CALLED ON THE GIRL
AGAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THIS MAN USED TO BEAT HIS HORSE AND HE WOULD MAKE IT WORK HARD
AND WOULDN'T LET IT REST. WHEN THE HORSE GOT OLD, THE MAN
SHOT IT AND JUST LET IT LAY TO DECAY. IF YOU GO BY THE MAN'S
HOUSE YOU CAN SEE THE HORSE WORKING IN THE FIELDS. THEY SAY
THAT THE HORSE CAME BACK TO LIFE AND KILLED HIS MASTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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WHEN SETTLERS WERE PUSHING INWARD, ONE FAMILY BY THE NAME OF
MOON, SETTLED IN ALBERMARLE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, ALONG THE JAMES
RIVER. AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, THE HOUSE BECAME UNINHABITED, IN
TIME TO BECOME FAMOUS FOR THE MOON GHOST. THERE ON DARK, STORMY
NIGHTS, MANY WEIRD TALES ORIGINATED BY PASSING TRAVELERS.
ONE PERSON WHO DIDN'T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS, DECIDED TO PROVE HIS
POINT. WITH A LAMP AND BOOK, HE SETTLED DOWN FOR A BORING NIGHT.
JUST THEN, A LARGE CAT WALKED INTO THE ROOM. THE CAT ACTED REAL
SOCIABLE, AND JUMPED ON THE TABLE. HE SAID TO THE MAN, "THERE
DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ANYONE BUT YOU AND ME HERE TONIGHT." THIS
WAS TOO MUCH FOR THE MAN, SO HE SAID, "IN A MINUTE, THERE WON'T BE
ANYONE HERE BUT YOU."
HE THEN RAN FOR THE DOOR. HE WAS WILLING TO ACCEPT THE MOON
GHOST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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WEDDING GIFTS

PRIMITIVES GIVE WEDDING GIFTS TO HELP THE MARRIAGE GET OFF TO
A HAPPY START--AND IF IT STARTS OFF HAPPILY, IT WILL CONTINUE
THAT WAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

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WHEN GIRLS ARE IN WEST HALL IN A BOY'S ROOM, (A MATCHBOOK'S
WIDTH) THE DOOR MUST BE KEPT OPEN (FOR PROPRIETY SAKE).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; WEST HALL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- School

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MISS PRITCHETT (STUDENT FINANCIAL AID OFFICE) GROWLS
AT EVERYONE. ESPECIALLY GIRLS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 02-12-1969

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CURSE FOR GRINNING AT WORMS

IF YOU GRIN OR SHOW YOUR TEETH AT A 1,000 LEG WORM, YOU DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IF YOU LOOK AT (A) BIG BLACK GRASSHOPPER IN THE EYE,
HE'LL SPIT AT YOU AND YOU'LL GO BLIND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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