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THESE TWO GIRLS LIVED IN A ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT. ONE
NIGHT WHEN ONE OF THE GIRLS HAD GONE OUT, THE OTHER WENT
ON TO BED, BUT GOT UP LATER IN THE NIGHT TO GO TO THE
BATHROOM, SHE REACHED DOWN + THE DOG LICKED HER HAND. THE
NEXT MORNING WHEN SHE WENT TO THE BATHROOM SHE FOUND IN
HER HORROR, HER ROOMATE WITH HER THROAT SLIT AND THE DOG
DEAD TOO. ON THE MIRROR WAS WRITTEN IN BLOOD "KILLERS CAN
LICK HANDS, TOO."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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BABIES ARE FOUND UNDER THE CABBAGE LEAVES IN THE GARDEN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BABY ; Cabbage ; GARDEN ; Tale

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

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A SNAKE WON'T DIE UNTIL THE SUN GOES DOWN. THEY'LL SQUIRM
AND SQUIRM UNTIL SUN GOES DOWN, THEN THEY DIE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Die ; Snake ; Sundown ; Tale ; Time of day

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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GOING OUT OF A HOUSE THROUGH THE SAME DOOR BY WHICH
YOU ENTERED IS BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Door ; Enter ; Exit ; SUPERSTITION

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

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF SOMEONE SWEEP UNDER A GIRL'S FEET, SHE'LL BE AN OLD
MAID.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Girl ; Maid ; MARRIAGE ; Old ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweep

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD:
WARM SKUNK OIL RUBBED ON CHEST

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Oil ; REMEDY ; SKUNK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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A CONVERSION TO SEEING A BLACK CAT CROSS THE ROAD
WHILE DRIVING IS TO MAKE AN "X" ON THE WINDSHIELD.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Black ; CAT ; Cross ; DRIVING ; Road ; SUPERSTITION ; X

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE'S COMING WITH A HOLE IN
THEIR BRITCHES.

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BRITCHES=PANTS

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): BRITCHES ; Company ; Hole ; HOSPITALITY ; ITCH ; NOSE ; OMEN

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK TO GET
SOMETHING YOU FORGOT WHEN STARTING ON A TRIP.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Bad ; LUCK ; Return ; TRIP ; Turn Around

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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WHEN THE COWS GO DRY, THERE'S A WITCH IN THE VILLAGE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Cows ; Dry ; SIGN ; Witch

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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SMOKE FOLLOWS BEAUTY.

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"SMOKE FROM AN OUT-OF-DOOR FIRE DRIFTS TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
PERSON WITHIN RANGE"--#675 IN HAND, NORTH CAROLINA.
ALSO SEE HAND & TALLEY, UTAH #2134; PUCKETT OHIO #5713.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; BEAUTY ; Maxim ; Saying ; Smoke

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Fire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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A GIRL MUST LIFT HER FEET WHEN CROSSING A RAILROAD
TRACK OR SHE'LL LOSE HER LOVER.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Crossing ; FEET ; OMEN ; RAILROAD ; SUPERSTITION ; Tracks

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

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF A STAR FALLS FROM SKY, SOMEONE'S GOING TO DIE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Die ; Fall ; Falling Star ; OMEN ; Portent ; Star

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

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF THERE'S A WITCH IN THE VILLAGE, THE MILK WILL TURN
SOUR.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Milk ; OMEN ; SIGN ; Sour ; Village ; Witch

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO GET SOME
MONEY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): fortune ; Hand ; ITCH ; LEFT ; MONEY ; OMEN ; SIGN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOU DROP THE DISHRAG, YOU CAN EXPECT COMPANY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Company ; Dishrag ; Drop ; OMEN ; SIGN

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

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOU'RE NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE'S COMING.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Company ; ITCH ; NOSE ; OMEN ; SIGN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD OR SORE THROAT:
EAT MELTED LARD AND SUGAR.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Lard ; MEDICAL ; REMEDY ; Sore Throat ; Sugar

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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REALLY REALLY OLD GREASY RAG, AND PUT TWO WALNUTS IN IT. WHOEVER HAS THE WARTS MUST CARRY IT IN POCKET FOR TWO DAYS.
THEN AFTER THE DAYS, BURY IT DEEP IN GROUND AND CAN'T
TELL A SOUL WHERE YOU HID IT.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Bury ; CURE ; Grease ; Rag ; REMEDY ; SECRET ; Walnuts ; Wart

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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FRED SALMON OF STAUTON, VIRGINIA IS FAMOUS FOR HIS
WART CURING. HE TAKES THE PERSON INTO A ROOM AND THEY
MUST PROMISE NOT TO REPEAT WHAT HE SAYS OR IT WILL NOT
WORK. HOWEVER, THE WARTS MUST GO FROM ONE PERSON TO
ANOTHER, SAYS MR. SALMON.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; REMEDY ; SECRET ; TRANSFER ; Wart

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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