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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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HAMPTON BEACH, HAMPTON NEW HAMPSHIRE

ON HAMPTON BEACH, NEAR THE BOAR'S HEAD, IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SITE
OF THE GRAVE OF LIEF ERICKSON'S FATHER, ERIC THE RED, WHO DIED ON
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE COAST A FEW HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE COLUMBUS.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS THROUGH GOING TO HAMPTON BEACH EVERY SUMMER SINCE
I WAS SIX.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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APPLE ORCHARDS

IN MILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, WE LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT OUR ABUNDANT
APPLE ORCHARDS WERE PLANTED BY JOHNNY APPLESEED. THOUGH THIS IS
A LEGEND, IT MIGHT HAVE SOME TRUTH, SINCE JOHNNY APPLESEED WAS
BORN AROUND LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS, WHICH IS NOT TOO FAR FROM
MILFORD.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

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BURIED TREASURE

NEAR NORTHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, CAPTAIN KIDD IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE
BURIED A TREASURE AND LEFT A DEAD PIRATE TO GUARD IT. AND IT IS
SAID THAT HIS SHIP CAN BE SEEN COMING UP THE INLET RIVER TO SEE IF
THE LOOT IS SECURE. ONCE CONVINCED THAT THE TREASURE IS SECURE,
THE CAPTAIN AND HIS SHIP LEAVE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM EDWARD ROSE SNOW ON THE RADIO PROGRAM "CONTACT,"
WBZ-RADIO.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

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LEGEND OF OCEAN-BORN MARY

THERE IS A HOUSE NEAR HENNIKER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, THAT IS THE SITE OF
THE LEGEND OF OCEAN-BORN MARY. THE STORY GOES THAT A SHIP OF IMMI-
GRANTS FROM ENGLAND WAS STOPPED BY PIRATES OFF THE MASSACHUSETTS
COAST. THE PIRATE CAPTAIN HEARD THE WAIL OF A BABY, AND HE
DEMANDED TO SEE THE CHILD. LEARNING THAT THE CHILD WAS UNNAMED, HE
ASKED IF HE COULD NAME IT, BECAUSE IF HE COULD, THEN NO HARM COULD
BEFALL THE SHIP. IT WAS AGREED, AND THE CHILD WAS NAMED MARY.
MARY WAS BROUGHT UP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND HAD FOUR CHILDREN, WHO
LIVED NEAR HER.
THE PIRATE CAPTAIN, IN HIS OLD AGE, CAME BACK TO HENNIKER TO SETTLE
AND TO BE NEAR MARY.
THE LEGEND IS THAT ONE NIGHT, THE CAPTAIN BURIED A TREASURE CHEST
NEAR THE HOUSE. MARY, WHO WAS MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE, NEVER
REVEALED THE SECRET WHEREABOUTS OF THE TREASURE AND DIED OF OLD
AGE. TODAY, PEOPLE SAY THE PLACE IS HAUNTED AND THAT EVERY SPRING
AFTER THE HEAVY RAINS, GOLD PIECES CAN BE FOUND IN THE MUD. BUT
NO ONE HAS FOUND THE CHEST.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

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OAK ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA

ON THIS ISLAND, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IMMENSE TREASURE. MANY
PROSPECTORS HAVE TRIED TO FIND IT BY BUILDING MINING SHAFTS. AT
ONE TIME, THE PROSPECTORS HIT A SLAB OF WOOD AND FOUND SOME GOLD.
BUT SINCE THEN, THE PROSPECTORS HAVE HAD BAD LUCK, THEIR SHAFTS
HAVE MYSTERIOUSLY FLOODED AND NO GOLD HAS TURNED UP. IN ADDITION,
THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS OF CRIME ON THE ISLAND, (AND) A FEW
PROSPECTORS HAVE EVEN BEEN KILLED.

Submitter comment: I READ THIS IN "TRUE" MAGAZINE A FEW YEARS BACK.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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NEW HAMPSHIRE'S WHITE MOUNTAINS

NEW HAMPSHIRE'S WHITE MOUNTAINS GOT THE NAME OF WHITE MOUNTAINS
BECAUSE OF THE CRYSTALS FOUND NEAR THE MOUNTAINS AND THE
BRILLIANCE OF THE CRYSTALS GAVE THE IMPRESSION OF WHITENESS.

Submitter comment: I PICKED THIS UP IN A BARBER SHOP NEAR THE WHITE MOUNTAINS ONE
SUMMER.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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SAUHEGAN RIVER, MILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

THIS RIVER THAT RUNS THROUGH MILFORD HAS A LEGEND THAT GOES LIKE
THIS: AN INDIAN WHO WAS HUNTING FOR HIS PIGS BY A RIVER SLIPPED
AND SCARED THEM AWAY. FROM THIS ACTION HE EXCLAIMED, "SCAW-HE-
GONE." (NOW KNOWN AS SOUHEGAN.)

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS WITH WHOM I GREW UP.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): SOW?

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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PURGATORY FALLS, MILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

AN AREA NEAR NORTH RIVER ROAD IN THE OLD QUARRY DISTRICT OF
MILFORD HAS A SET OF FOOTPRINTS AT THE BOTTOM OF A SMALL WATER-
FALL. THESE FOOTPRINTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BELONG TO THE DEVIL AND
ALL THE CHILDREN CALL THIS AREA PURGATORY FALLS.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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WHALING LEGEND

NEW ENGLAND WHALERS POPULARIZED THE TERM, "NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE."
THIS PERTAINS TO A WHALE WHICH, ONCE SPEARED, WILL TAKE OFF AND
LEAD THE WHALE BOAT FOR A "NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE."

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS IN SCHOOL AND FROM THE MOVIE "MOBY DICK."

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- M440

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THE HOOK

THIS LEGEND IS POPULAR AMONG TEENAGERS AND I'D LIKE TO RECITE ONE
VERSION THAT I HAVE HEARD. ONE NIGHT, A TEENAGE COUPLE WENT TO A
LOCAL LOVERS' LANE FOR THE OPOPORTUNITY TO BE ALONE. ON THIS SAME
NIGHT, THE GIRL HAD HEARD ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMATE OF A NEARBY
ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND THAT HE WAS A HOMICIDAL MANIAC, AND THAT HE
HAD ONLY ONE HAND AND ON THE OTHER HAND THERE WAS A HOOK.
THE COUPLE HAD BEEN PARKED FOR A WHILE, LISTENING TO THE RADIO
AND DRINKING BEER. THE GIRL, ALL OF A SUDDEN, HAD A STRANGE
INTUITION THAT THERE WAS DANGER AROUND AND THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE.
NATURALLY, THE BOY REASSURED HER THAT THERE WAS NOTHING TO WORRY
ABOUT, BUT SHE PERSISTED AND PERSISTED, UNTIL THE BOY LOST HIS
PATIENCE, PULLED THE GEAR SHIFT INTO FIRST AND LEFT THE LANE.
HE TOOK THE GIRL HOME AND CONTINUOUSLY REMINDED THE GIRL THAT SHE
WAS CRAZY TO THINK THAT THE FIEND WAS ANYWHERE AROUND THE LANE.
WHEN THEY REACHED HER HOUSE, HE GOT OUT TO LET HER OUT AND ON THE
REAR DOOR HANDLE THERE WAS A STRANGE OBJECT HANGING THERE--A HOOK.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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UNCLE SAM

AROUND MY HOMETOWN OF MILFORD WE BELIEVE
THAT UNCLE SAM CAME FROM THE MILFORD
AREA (MASON, N.H.). HE LIVED HERE BEFORE GOING
INTO THE MEAT PROCESSING BUSINESS IN UPPER
STATE NEW YORK WHERE DURING THE REVOLUTION, HE
PROCESSED PORK FOR WASHINGTON'S ARMY. ON
THE CASKS OF PORK HE WOULD STAMP U.S.
AND FROM THIS UNCLE SAM WAS DERIVED.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM VARIOUS PEOPLE IN MY AREA, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER
WHO EXACTLY THEY WERE.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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MODERN SAYING

"FLUNK NOW, AND AVOID THE JUNE RUSH."

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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THE GERMAN FATHERS INSIST ON BLOWING THE FIRST BREATH
OF LIFE INTO THE MOUTH OF THEIR NEW BORN SONS.

Submitter comment: I SAW THIS DONE ON TELEVISION.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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FRECKLES ARE ANGEL KISSES.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO SOMEONE FEELING BAD BECAUSE FRECKLES ARE THOUGHT
TO BE BLEMISHES: INSTEAD THEY BECOME TINY BLESSINGS.
OBTAINED FROM A SCHOOL MATE OF SHEILA'S, SHEILA O'CONNER.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MANCHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1985

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SNIPE HUNTING

SNIPE HUNTING IS ALWAYS A GOOD TRICK TO PLAY ON A
CITY SLICKER, YOU BRING THE SLICKER OUT INTO AN
APPLE ORCHARD AND PLACE HIM THERE WITH A BURLAP BAG
AND TELL HIM TO YELL, "SNIPE, SNIPE, HERE SNIPE."
WHEN THIS FICTIONAL ANIMAL COMES BY, HE IS SUPPOSED
TO BAG IT.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM A COUPLE OF GUYS I WORKED WITH
THIS PAST SUMMER.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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AT A WEDDING, THE MALE WHO CATCHES THE GARTER IS
SUPPOSED TO BE MARRIED NEXT; AND THE GIRL WHO CATCHES
THE BOUQUET ALSO IS TO BE MARRIED NEXT.

Submitter comment: KNOWN CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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IF ST. ELMO'S FIRE APPEARS AROUND A SHIP IT IS A
SURE SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I SAW THIS ON TELEVISION IN "MOBY DICK."

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): MARITIME ; ST. ELMO, PATRON OF SAILORS.

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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IF IT RAINS ON WEDDING DAY, IT IS CONSIDERED
BAD LUCK AND THE MARRIAGE WILL FAIL.

Submitter comment: ACQUIRED BELIEF

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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