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THERE'S AN ABANDONED HOUSE IN SALYERSVILLE, KENTUCKY
THAT GIVES OFF A WEIRD AND STRANGE "OOOOOOOOOOOO" WHENEVER
THERE'S A FULL MOON. SOME FOLKS SAY THAT THERE'S A GHOST
OR SOMETHING IN THERE BECAUSE THE OLD LADY THAT LIVED
THERE DIED OF POISON ON A NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON. I
DON'T BELIEVE OF SUCH THINGS, THOUGH. IT'S PROBABLY
JUST A BUNCH OF FOLK TALES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS FORMERLY FROM SALYERSVILLE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; SALYERSVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE OLD MIDWIFE

DOWN IN KENTUCKY A LONG TIME AGO, THEY USED TO HAVE
MIDWIVES AND MID-MEN TO HELP DELIVER BABIES. WELL, THIS
ONE WOMAN WAS HAVIN' TROUBLE, SO SHE NEEDED SOME HELP.
WHAT THESE MID-MEN AND WOMEN WOULD DO WAS, THE MAN
WOULD SIT ON A CHAIR, THE PREGNANT WOMAN WOULD LAY ON
HIS LAP, AND THE MIDWIFE WOULD HELP THE BABY COME OUT.
LIKE I SAID, THIS ONE PREGNANT WOMAN WAS HAVIN'
TROUBLE. THE BABY JUST WOULDN'T COME; SO SHE LAID ON
THE MAN'S LAP. THE MIDWIFE STARTED TO FEEL AROUND BETWEEN
THE WOMAN'S LEGS. PRETTY SOON, THE MAN STARTED YELLIN'
"WOMAN, YOU BETTER LET GO." THE OLD MIDWIFE SAID, "I
THINK IT'S COMIN', I CAN FEEL SOMETHING." THE OLD MAN
SAID AGAIN, "WOOOMAAN, YOU'D BETTER LEGGO." BUT SHE KEPT
RIGHT ON FEELING AROUND. ALL THIS TIME THE WOMAN HAVING
THE BABY WAS YELLIN' "OOOOOWWWW!" "FOR GOD'S SAKE,
WOMAN, LEGGO!" SAID THE MAN. THE MIDWIFE ALL OF A
SUDDEN SAYS, "I'VE GOT (IT) NOW, AND I THINK IT'S A BOY,
'CAUSE I CAN FEEL ITS HEAD!" THE OLD MAN SAID, "YOU'D
BETTER LEGGO RIGHT NOW, 'CAUSE THAT AIN'T NO HEAD OF NO
BABY YOU GOT. YOU'D BETTER LEGGO, CAUSE YOU GOT A
HOLD OF MY COCK!!"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY IN A "BEER GARDEN" IN
SALYERSVILLE, KENTUCKY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; SALYERSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PENIS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 04-19-1965

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