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HEARTBREAK HILL

THE NAME OF HEARTBREAK HILL PERTAINS TO AN EMINENCE IN THE MIDDLE
OF A TOWN IN WHICH THERE WAS A LARGE INDIAN SETTLEMENT, BEFORE THE
WHITE MEN SETTLED THERE AND DROVE THE INHABITANTS OUT. BEFORE THE
ENGLISH COLONY HAD BEEN FIRMLY PLANTED, A SAILOR STRAYING ASHORE
CAME UPON THE SIMPLE NATIVES AND FINDING THEIR WAYS FULL OF NOVEL-
TY, HE LIVED WITH THEM FOR A TIME. WHEN HE FOUND A WAY TO RETURN
TO ENGLAND, HE TOOK WITH HIM THE LOVE OF A MAIDEN OF THE TRIBE,
BUT THE GIRL HERSELF HE LEFT BEHIND, COMFORTING HER ON HIS DEPART-
URE WITH AN ASSURANCE THAT BEFORE MANY MOONS HE WOULD RETURN.
MONTHS WENT BY AND EXTENDED INTO YEARS, AND EVERY DAY THE GIRL
CLIMBED HEARTBREAK HILL AND LOOK(ED) SEAWARD TO LOOK FOR SOME
TOKEN OF HER LOVER. AT LAST A SHIP WAS SEEN TRYING TO COME INTO
THE HARBOR, WITH A FURIOUS GALE RUNNING HER CLOSE TO SHORE, WHERE
BREAKERS WERE LASHING THE ROCKS AND SAND. THE GIRL STAYED WHERE
SHE WAS UNTIL THE VESSEL WAS HURLED AGAINST THE SHORE AND SMASHED
INTO A THOUSAND PIECES. AS ITS TIMBERS WENT TOSSING AWAY, A
WHITE, DESPAIRING FACE WAS LIFTED TO HERS FOR AN INSTANT, THEN IT
SANK AND WAS SEEN NEVERMORE--HER LOVER'S FACE. IT IS SAID THAT
SHE LIES BURIED INSIDE THE LEDGE THAT WAS HER WATCH-TOWER.

Submitter comment: MRS. ORESTE HEARD THIS STORY FROM HER HUSBAND MANY YEARS AGO.
SHE CLAIMED THAT AT THE TIME HE TOLD IT TO HER, THERE WERE TWO
VERSIONS INVOLVED, BUT THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT SHE COULD
REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND HAVEN

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 -- M545
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1963

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THE MYTH OF THE YELLING WOMAN

DURING THE LATTER PART OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, A SPANISH SHIP,
RICHLY LADEN WITH RICHES, WAS BESET BY ENGLISH PIRATES, WHO KILLED
EVERY PERSON ON BOARD AT THE TIME OF THE CAPTURE, EXCEPT A
BEAUTIFUL LADY, A PASSENGER ON THE SHIP, WHO WAS BROUGHT ASHORE
AT NIGHT AND BRUTALLY MURDERED AT A LEDGE OF THE ROCKS. AS THE
FISHERMEN WHO LIVED NEAR WERE AWAY IN THEIR BOATS, THE WOMEN AND
CHILDREN, WHO WERE STARTLED FROM THEIR SLEEP BY HER PIERCING SHRIEKS
DARED NOT ATTEMPT A RESCUE. TAKING HER A LITTLE WAY FROM SHORE IN
THEIR BOAT, THE PIRATES FLUNG HER INTO THE SEA AND AS SHE CAME TO
THE SURFACE AND GRABBED FOR THE BOAT, THEY WHACKED AT HER HANDS
WITH CUTLASSES. SHE WAS HEARD TO CRY, LORD, SAVE ME} MERCY} O,
LORD, JESUS, SAVE ME} THE NEXT DAY THE PEOPLE FOUND HER MURDERED
MANGLED BODY ON THE ROCKS AND PREPARED IT FOR BURIAL. IT WAS
INTERRED WHERE IT WAS FOUND, BUT, ALTHOUGH IT WAS LAID IN THE EARTH
WITH CHRISTIAN FORMS, FOR ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS THE VICTIM'S
CRIES AND APPEALS WERE REPEATED, ON EACH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CRIME,
WITH SUCH DISTINCTNESS AS TO SCARE ALL WHO HEARD THEM AND MOST OF
THE CITIZENS OF THAT COMMUNITY CLAIMED TO HEAR THE CRIES AT ONE
TIME OR ANOTHER.

Submitter comment: MRS. ORESTE SAID THAT SHE HEARD ABOUT THIS MYTH FROM HER AUNT WHO
HEARD IT FROM SOMEONE ELSE. SHE FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE TALE ABOUT
THIRTY YEARS AGO AND CLAIMS THAT ANOTHER ONE OF HER RELATIVES
ACTUALLY HEARD THE SHRIEKS OF THE WOMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND HAVEN

Keyword(s): VIOLENT DEATH

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Myth
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-00-1963

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SOUTHERN SHOOTERS

A GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE SITTING AROUND TOGETHER (USUALLY AT A
PARTY). ONE OF THEM INVITES ANOTHER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX THAT
THEY ARE INTERESTED IN TO DO SHOTS OF TEQUILA. THE PROCEDURE
IS AS FOLLOWS:
FIRST LICK THE PERSON'S NECK AND PLACE SALT ON IT.
THEN PLACE A LEMON SLICE IN THEIR TEETH.
AFTER POURING THE SHOT INTO A GLASS, LICK
THE SALT OFF THE PERSON'S NECK, SLAM THE TEQUILA SHOT
AND TAKE THE LEMON SLICE FROM THE PERSON'S TEETH WITH
YOUR OWN MOUTH.

Submitter comment: SHANNA CLAIMS THIS WAS ALWAYS A FUN ONE TO DO WITH A GUY
SHE LIKED.
TO SLAM IS TO DRINK ALL THE LIQUID IN YOUR GLASS IN ONE
GO WITHOUT STOPPING FOR BREATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND HAVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

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HEARTBREAK HILL

THE NAME OF HEARTBREAK HILL PERTAINS TO AN EMINENCE IN THE MIDDLE
OF A TOWN IN WHICH THERE WAS A LARGE INDIAN SETTLEMENT, BEFORE THE
WHITE MEN SETTLED THERE AND DROVE THE INHABITANTS OUT. BEFORE THE
ENGLISH COLONY HAD BEEN FIRMLY PLANTED, A SAILOR STRAYING ASHORE
CAME UPON THE SIMPLE NATIVES AND FINDING THEIR WAYS FULL OF NOVEL-
TY, HE LIVED WITH THEM FOR A TIME. WHEN HE FOUND A WAY TO RETURN
TO ENGLAND, HE TOOK WITH HIM THE LOVE OF A MAIDEN OF THE TRIBE,
BUT THE GIRL HERSELF HE LEFT BEHIND, COMFORTING HER ON HIS DEPART-
URE WITH AN ASSURANCE THAT BEFORE MANY MOONS HE WOULD RETURN.
MONTHS WENT BY AND EXTENDED INTO YEARS, AND EVERY DAY THE GIRL
CLIMBED HEARTBREAK HILL AND LOOK(ED) SEAWARD TO LOOK FOR SOME
TOKEN OF HER LOVER. AT LAST A SHIP WAS SEEN TRYING TO COME INTO
THE HARBOR, WITH A FURIOUS GALE RUNNING HER CLOSE TO SHORE, WHERE
BREAKERS WERE LASHING THE ROCKS AND SAND. THE GIRL STAYED WHERE
SHE WAS UNTIL THE VESSEL WAS HURLED AGAINST THE SHORE AND SMASHED
INTO A THOUSAND PIECES. AS ITS TIMBERS WENT TOSSING AWAY, A
WHITE, DESPAIRING FACE WAS LIFTED TO HERS FOR AN INSTANT, THEN IT
SANK AND WAS SEEN NEVERMORE--HER LOVER'S FACE. IT IS SAID THAT
SHE LIES BURIED INSIDE THE LEDGE THAT WAS HER WATCH-TOWER.

Submitter comment: MRS. ORESTE HEARD THIS STORY FROM HER HUSBAND MANY YEARS AGO.
SHE CLAIMED THAT AT THE TIME HE TOLD IT TO HER, THERE WERE TWO
VERSIONS INVOLVED, BUT THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT SHE COULD
REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND HAVEN

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 -- M545
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1963

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HEARTBREAK HILL

THE NAME OF HEARTBREAK HILL PERTAINS TO AN EMINENCE IN THE MIDDLE
OF A TOWN IN WHICH THERE WAS A LARGE INDIAN SETTLEMENT, BEFORE THE
WHITE MEN SETTLED THERE AND DROVE THE INHABITANTS OUT. BEFORE THE
ENGLISH COLONY HAD BEEN FIRMLY PLANTED, A SAILOR STRAYING ASHORE
CAME UPON THE SIMPLE NATIVES AND FINDING THEIR WAYS FULL OF NOVEL-
TY, HE LIVED WITH THEM FOR A TIME. WHEN HE FOUND A WAY TO RETURN
TO ENGLAND, HE TOOK WITH HIM THE LOVE OF A MAIDEN OF THE TRIBE,
BUT THE GIRL HERSELF HE LEFT BEHIND, COMFORTING HER ON HIS DEPART-
URE WITH AN ASSURANCE THAT BEFORE MANY MOONS HE WOULD RETURN.
MONTHS WENT BY AND EXTENDED INTO YEARS, AND EVERY DAY THE GIRL
CLIMBED HEARTBREAK HILL AND LOOK(ED) SEAWARD TO LOOK FOR SOME
TOKEN OF HER LOVER. AT LAST A SHIP WAS SEEN TRYING TO COME INTO
THE HARBOR, WITH A FURIOUS GALE RUNNING HER CLOSE TO SHORE, WHERE
BREAKERS WERE LASHING THE ROCKS AND SAND. THE GIRL STAYED WHERE
SHE WAS UNTIL THE VESSEL WAS HURLED AGAINST THE SHORE AND SMASHED
INTO A THOUSAND PIECES. AS ITS TIMBERS WENT TOSSING AWAY, A
WHITE, DESPAIRING FACE WAS LIFTED TO HERS FOR AN INSTANT, THEN IT
SANK AND WAS SEEN NEVERMORE--HER LOVER'S FACE. IT IS SAID THAT
SHE LIES BURIED INSIDE THE LEDGE THAT WAS HER WATCH-TOWER.

Submitter comment: MRS. ORESTE HEARD THIS STORY FROM HER HUSBAND MANY YEARS AGO.
SHE CLAIMED THAT AT THE TIME HE TOLD IT TO HER, THERE WERE TWO
VERSIONS INVOLVED, BUT THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT SHE COULD
REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND HAVEN

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 -- M545
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1963

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