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THE INKY, DINKY SPIDER CRAWLED UP THE WATER SPOUT (HAND
CRAWLS UP OPPOSITE ARM), DOWN CAME THE RAIN AND WASHED
THE SPIDER OUT (WAVE FINGERS THROUGH THE AIR), UP CAME
THE SUN AND DRIED UP ALL THE RAIN (LIFT UP ARMS), AND
THE INKY, DINKY SPIDER CRAWLED UP THE SPOUT AGAIN (HAND
CRAWLS UP ARM AGAIN).

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS SAID TO HER MANY TIMES BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: CANADA ; QUEBEC ; MONTREAL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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EVERY TIME THERE WAS A STORM AND A COW DIED, THE
PEOPLE KNEW THAT A CALF WOULD BE BORN WITHIN A MONTH.

Submitter comment: JEAN HEARD THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER WHO LIVED ON
A FARM IN QUEBEC. HER GRANDMOTHER FIRMLY BELIEVES
THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS ; CANADA ; QUEBEC

Subject headings: Observation
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BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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TO CURE A WART, CUT A POTATO IN HALF AND RUB ONE HALF ON THE
WART. AT MIDNIGHT THAT NIGHT, BURY BOTH PARTS OF THE POTATO.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD FRENCH CURE WHICH HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN IN
QUEBEC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; CANADA ; QUEBEC

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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A FAMILY BY THE NAME OF BAKER LIVED IN BUCKINGHAM,
QUEBEC ABOUT 45 TO 50 YEARS AGO. THEIR SON HAD BEEN
TAKEN SICK WITH SCARLET FEVER, BUT THE DOCTOR SAID
THAT HE WAS RECOVERING. ONE DAY, DURING THE ILLNESS,
MRS. BAKER WAS IN HER BACKYARD WHEN SHE SAW A FALLING
STAR. IT LANDED BY HER WATERPUMP. SHE TOOK THIS AS
A SIGN OF DEATH. SHE RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND WITHIN
TEN MINUTES HER SON DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; BUCKINGHAM ; QUEBEC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Star
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial body come to earth

Date learned: 03-22-1972 ; 00-00-1922

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FIFTY YEARS AGO IN MASON, QUEBEC THERE LIVED A GIRL OF
FOURTEEN OR FIFTEEN YEARS, NAMED NINE CHARETTE. SHE
HAD A DISEASE THAT OFTEN CAUSED HER TO GO INTO A
TRANCE-LIKE STATE. AFTER ONE TRANCE, SHE WAS PROCLAIMED
DEAD BY HER DOCTOR. SHE WAS THEN BURIED AFTER HER WAKE.
HER MOTHER OFTEN WORRIED THAT SHE HAD NOT BEEN DEAD,
BUT STILL IN A TRANCE. SHE HAD DREAMS OF THE GIRL
SCREAMING AND ONE DAY HEARD HER SCREAM VIOLENTLY AS
SHE DID HER DISHES. MRS. CHARETTE AND HER HUSBAND
CALLED THE UNDERTAKER TO DIG UP HER COFFIN. WHEN THEY
OPENED IT, THEY FOUND THE BODY COMPLETELY TURNED OVER
WITH HER HANDS FULL OF HAIR. SHE HAD BEEN BURIED ALIVE!

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DECLARES THIS TO BE TRUE AND SHE HERSELF
ATTENDED THE WAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; QUEBEC ; MASSON

Keyword(s): COMA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 03-22-1972 ; 00-00-1922

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A FAMILY BY THE NAME OF BAKER LIVED IN BUCKINGHAM,
QUEBEC ABOUT 45 TO 50 YEARS AGO. THEIR SON HAD BEEN
TAKEN SICK WITH SCARLET FEVER, BUT THE DOCTOR SAID
THAT HE WAS RECOVERING. ONE DAY, DURING THE ILLNESS,
MRS. BAKER WAS IN HER BACKYARD WHEN SHE SAW A FALLING
STAR. IT LANDED BY HER WATERPUMP. SHE TOOK THIS AS
A SIGN OF DEATH. SHE RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND WITHIN
TEN MINUTES HER SON DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; BUCKINGHAM ; QUEBEC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Star
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial body come to earth

Date learned: 03-22-1972 ; 00-00-1922

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FIFTY YEARS AGO IN MASON, QUEBEC THERE LIVED A GIRL OF
FOURTEEN OR FIFTEEN YEARS, NAMED NINE CHARETTE. SHE
HAD A DISEASE THAT OFTEN CAUSED HER TO GO INTO A
TRANCE-LIKE STATE. AFTER ONE TRANCE, SHE WAS PROCLAIMED
DEAD BY HER DOCTOR. SHE WAS THEN BURIED AFTER HER WAKE.
HER MOTHER OFTEN WORRIED THAT SHE HAD NOT BEEN DEAD,
BUT STILL IN A TRANCE. SHE HAD DREAMS OF THE GIRL
SCREAMING AND ONE DAY HEARD HER SCREAM VIOLENTLY AS
SHE DID HER DISHES. MRS. CHARETTE AND HER HUSBAND
CALLED THE UNDERTAKER TO DIG UP HER COFFIN. WHEN THEY
OPENED IT, THEY FOUND THE BODY COMPLETELY TURNED OVER
WITH HER HANDS FULL OF HAIR. SHE HAD BEEN BURIED ALIVE!

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DECLARES THIS TO BE TRUE AND SHE HERSELF
ATTENDED THE WAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; QUEBEC ; MASSON

Keyword(s): COMA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 03-22-1972 ; 00-00-1922

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