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SUPERNATURAL STORY CONCERNING DEATH

IN 1935 , MY GRANDMOTHER, WHO HAD BEEN CARING FOR MY SICK GRANDFATHER
WENT OUT THE BACK DOOR OF HER HOME
IN GREENVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA, TO PUMP
SOME WATER. SHE SAW A TALL YOUNG MAN WITH SHOULDER_LENGTH HAIR, LONG
ROBES, AND A STRANGE GLOW ABOUT HIM,
WALK AROUND THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE.
SHE FOLLOWED HIM BUT HE DISAPPEARED. THAT SAME DAY MY GRANDFATHER
DIED. SINCE THAT DAY,SHE HAS REPEATED THE STORY TO MEMBERS OF OUR
FAMILY, REFERRING TO THE YOUNG MAN AS THE "ANGEL OF DEATH."

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; Greenville

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Angel
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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Cold Tonic (Recipe)

Her grandmother used to give this tea for medicinal purposes.
Boil pine top needles about 30 minutes until it turned brown.
Drink a full cup before going to bed and it will cure your
cold.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Greenville

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.

Date learned: 00-00-1916

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Never put old clothes on a new born baby, especially
firstborn -- was considered bad luck.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Greenville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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RED ROVER

THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY FOUR OR MORE PERSONS. THE
PLAYERS FORM TWO TEAMS OF EQUAL NUMBER. EACH TEAM
FORMS A STRAIGHT LINE, JOIN HANDS AND FACE EACH OTHER
LIKE SO: (DIAGRAM ON 5 X 8 CARD SHOWS TWO TEAMS
FACING OPPOSITE EACH OTHER). ONE TEAM THEN DARES A
MEMBER OF THE OTHER TEAM TO RUN OVER AND BREAK THE
CHAIN OF THEIR TEAM BY SAYING, "RED ROVER, RED ROVER,
LET SO AND SO COME OVER." IF SO AND SO CANNOT RUN
THROUGH THEIR HANDGRIPS HE, THEN, MUST BE ON THEIR
TEAM. THE OTHER TEAM THEN REPEATS THE CHANT AND TRIES
TO CATCH ONE OF THEIR MEMBERS. THE GAME IS OVER WHEN
ALL BUT ONE MEMBER OF A TEAM IS CAUGHT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS GAME AT GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; Greenville

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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WHEN YOU ARE A CHILD AND LOSE A TOOTH, YOU PUT IT
UNDER YOUR PILLOW THAT NIGHT. THE TOOTH FAIRY
COMES AND SWAPS MONEY FOR THE TOOTH.

Submitter comment: MY PARENTS DID THIS WHEN I WAS A BIRL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Greenville

James Callow Keyword(s): TRADE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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IF YOU EAT BLACKEYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THIS
WILL BRING YOU LUCK THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Greenville

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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RING AROUND THE MOON, MEANS RAIN THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Greenville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P453
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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THE FIRST ROBIN YOU SEE MEANS WINTER HAS ENDED AND SPRING IS HERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Greenville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.3

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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TALE OF PREMONITION

A YOUNG COUPLE WENT OUT PARKING BEHIND THIS OLD CHURCH, IN THE
COUNTRY. AFTER A WHILE, THE GIRL GOT SCARED AND INSISTED THEY
GO HOME. WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE GIRL'S HOME, THEY FOUND A
HAND-CUFF FASTENED TO THE DOOR KNOB OF THE FRONT DOOR. LATER
THAT NIGHT, THEY HEARD ON THE RADIO THAT A CONVICT HAD ESCAPED
WHEN BEING TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER JAIL AND WAS VERY DANGEROUS--
HOMOSEXUAL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Greenville

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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