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SORE THROAT REMEDY

A TEASPOONFUL OF BAKING SODA IN A CUP OF BOILING WATER MAKES
AN EXCELLENT GARGLE FOR SORE THROAT, TO BE USED AS HOT AS
YOU CAN POSSIBLE BEAR IT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU HEAR A SCREECH OWL IN THE NIGHT, TIE A KNOT
IN YOUR SHIRTTAIL OR DRESSTAIL AND IT WILL QUIET HIM

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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TO HEAR A SCREECHOWL IN THE NIGHT IS A SURE SIGN OF DEATH.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE HOME AND PLACE IT UNDER
YOUR PILLOW, NAME EACH CORNER OF THE ROOM ONE PARTICULAR
BEAU AND GO TO SLEEP, WHICHEVER CORNER YOU WAKE UP FACING
WILL BE THE ONE YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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I'VE BEEN DROPPING THINGS ALL DAY. SOMEONE HUNGRY MUST
BE COMING.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

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

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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WHEN A SCREECH OWL IS HEARD IN THE NIGHT, BIND THE SHEETS
IN KNOTS AND NO DEATH WILL OCCUR.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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TWO PARTS OF CRUDE OIL AND ONE PART OF TURPENTINE REMOVES
THE WHITE SPOTS FROM FURNITURE, AND MAKES AS GOOD A
POLISH AS ONE CAN DESIRE TO HAVE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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A BIT OF CHARCOAL BOILED WITH CABBAGE DESTROYS THE DIS-
AGREEABLE ODOR AND RENDERS THE CABBAGE MORE DIGESTIBLE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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I'VE ALWAYS HEARD, SOME INDIANS BELIEVE THAT A NAKED SQUAW
WALKING IN THE MOONLIGHT, DRAGGING HER CLOTHES BEHIND HER,
WILL KEEP CUTWORMS FROM DESTROYING THE GARDEN VEGETABLES.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): FERTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, YOU WILL BE HAPPY.
IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS, YOU WILL GET MAD.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU GET UP, (AND) PUT ON SOME PIECE OF CLOTHING THE WRONG WAY
BY MISTAKE, KEEP IT ON THAT WAY UNTIL NOON, AND IT WILL
BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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MOTHER HAS A CHAIR THAT'S SUPPOSED TO HAVE WALKED. IT'S JUST
AN OLD STRAIGHT-BACK CHAIR OF UNUSUAL DESIGN. IT'S SOMETHING
WE'RE ALWAYS TOLD. I DON'T BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMATED FURNITURE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, IT WILL SOON GET SOME MONEY.
IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL SHAKE HANDS WITH A
STRANGER.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

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

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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A RING AROUND THE MOON IN SUMMER, RAIN IS COMING.
A RING AROUND THE MOON IN WINTER, SNOW IS COMING.
IF YU COUNT THE NUMBER OF STARS WITHIN THE RING, YOU WILL
KNOW HOW MANY DAYS (BEFORE THE RAIN COMES).

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE SAME THING IN MAINE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MAINE ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- P57 P57.34
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YOU THROW WATER OUT THE DOOR AFTER SUNDOWN, IT IS A SIGN OF
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YOU SING BEFORE BREAKFAST, THE DAY WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C350
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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OVEN TESTS FOR BAKING

AN OVEN IS HOT ENOUGH TO BAKE SPONGE OR POUND CAKE WHEN IT
WILL IN FIVE MINUTES TURN A PIECE OF WHITE PAPER YELLOW.
AN OVEN IS HOT ENOUGH TO BAKE ALL OTHER KINDS OF CAKE,
WHEN IT WILL IN FIVE MINUTES TURN A PIECE OF WHITE PAPER
DARK YELLOW.
AN OVEN IS HOT ENOUGH TO BAKE BREAD AND PASTRY WHEN IT
WILL IN FIVE MINUTES TURN A PIECE OF WHITE PAPER DARK BROWN.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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DRY CLEANING HINTS

REMOVE MUD FROM BLACK CLOTHES BY RUBBING SPOTS WITH A RAW POTATO
CUT IN HALF.
RENOVATE BLACK SILK BY SPONGING WITH STALE BEER PLACED BETWEEN
NEWSPAPERS AND PRESSED WITH HOT IRON.
FINE LACES MAY BE CLEANED BY BEING PACKED IN WHEAT FLOUR AND
ALLOWED TO REMAIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS.
A LITTLE KEROSENE MIXED WITH STARCH GIVES A GLOSS TO COLLARS
AND RUFFS (CUFFS?).

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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SOME OF THE MENFOLKS STILL CARRY HIGH JOHN DE CONQUER ROOTS
IN THEIR POCKETS FOR LUCK. OLD JOHN WAS THE PROTECTOR OF
THE OLD-TIME SLAVES.

Submitter comment: HIGH JOHN DE CONQUER ROOTS ARE THE MARSH ST. JOHN'S WORT,

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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LOCAL LEGEND

NORTHERN JONES WAS A COLORED HANDYMAN ABOUT TOWN
YEARS AGO. WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HIM, THEY SAY
HE WAS KINDA SLICK, OR IN OTHER WORDS, SHIFTLESS.
ONE DAY THE WHITE MAN FOR WHOM HE WORKED WAS HEARD
TO BE GIVING NORTHERN JONES A LONG STRING OF JOBS
TO GET DONE. WHEN HE WAS TOLD THAT NORTHERN JONES
COULD NEVER BEGIN TO DO ALL OF THEM, THE WHITE
MAN REPLIED: "SHUCKS, IF HE GETS ONE OF 'EM DONE,
I'LL BE SATISFIED!"

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): LAZY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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