Folklore from Adams County Illinois

(3rd Edition, 2002, from 1935 and 1965 Editions)

By Harry Middleton Hyatt
[Ed. by John Schleppenbach]

Table of Contents
CLIMATE (1-948) WEATHER SIGNS (1-889) Sun - Moon - Star - Colored Sky - Rainbow (1-122) Clouds - Lightning - Thunder - Storm (123-185) Wind - Whirlwind - Rain - Snow (186-293) Freeze - Frost - Thaw - Mist - Fog - Dew (294-329) Bubbles - Water Level - Spring - Well - River (330-336) Weather on Special Days and during Various Seasons (337-372) Blackberry - Cocklebur - Clover - Corn (373-392) Dandelion - Flower - Grass - Milkweed (393-400) Mushroom - Onion - Purslane - Raspberry (401-410) Tree: Bloom - Foliage - Bark - Moss - Gall (411-428) Nuts: Acorn - Beechnut - Hazelnut - Hickorynut - Walnut (429-433) Weed - Vegetable - Violet - Wheat (434-438) Insect - Ant - Bee - Butterfly - Caterpillar (439-469) Cricket - Fly - Gnat - Hornet - June Bug (470-481) Lightning Bug - Locust (Cicada) - Snail - Spider (482-499) Tumblebug - Wasp - Woodtick - Worm (500-509) Crawfish - Eel - Fish - Turtle - Frog - Toad - Snake (510-548) Bird - Blackbird - Bluebird - Blue Jay - Buzzard (549-572) Crow - Dove - Wild Duck and Goose - Hawk (573-586) Meadow Lark - Owl - Parrot - Phoebe - Quail (587-605) Redbird (Cardinal) - Robin - Snipe - Snowbird (Junko) (606-619) Sparrow - Swallow - Thrush - Whippoorwill (620-629) Chicken - Crowing Rooster - Duck - Goose (630-679) Guinea - Peacock - Pigeon - Turkey (680-692) Bat - Bear - Beaver - Cat - Cow - Dog (693-752) Ground Hog (Woodchuck) - Hog - Horse and Mule (753-777) Mouse - Mole - Muskrat - Rabbit - Raccoon and Opossum (778-794) Sheep - Skunk (Polecat) - Squirrel - Weasel (795-807) Human: Bone - Ear - Feet - Hair - Head - Nose - Stomach (808-821) Chimney - Door - Floor - Gate - Window (822-829) Carpet - Camphor Bottle - Chair - Clothesline (830-833) Glassware - Lamp or Lantern - Kettle - Tobacco - Pipe (834-837) Iron Objects - Washcloth or Sponge - Waterpipe (838-840) Fire - Smoke - Soot (841-852) Food - Cooking - Eating - Drinking (853-866) Burning Brush - Shutting and Opening Gate (867-868) Flying Kite - Moving Day - Picnic - Preventing Rain (869-873) Singing in Bath - Stopping Swing - Telephone - Umbrella (874-878) Kicking up Rug - Shoes Squeaking - Person Falling (879-881) Women on Street - Baby Carriage - Washing and Cleaning (882-887) Fireworks - ammunition - Battle during War (888-889) PROTECTION AGAINST LIGHTNING (890-907) INFLUENCE OF WEATHER ON CROPS (908-948) PLANTS (949-1329) FARM AND GARDEN RULES (949-966) CLOVER - GRASS - WEEDS (967-1011) FLOWERS (1012-1082) VEGETABLES (1083-1208) Time of Day for Planting (1083-1093) Planting by the Zodiac (1094-1125) Planting in the Moon (1126-1135) Planting according to Wind (1136) Planting at Blossom-Time (1137-1139) Special Planting Days (1140-1168) Sex and Planting (1169-1170) Temper and Planter (1171-1173) Planting Rhymes (1174-1177) Planting Incantations (1178-1186) Miscellaneous Beliefs (1187-1208) CORN -OATS -WHEAT (1209-1249)

TREES -SHRUBBERY - VINES (1250-1329) ANIMALS (1330-2582) SMALL FORMS OF AIR AND LAND LIFE (1330-1529) Insect - Ant -Bedbug - Bee - Butterfly (1330-1379) Caterpillar - Centipede - Cricket - Doodle Bug (1380-1404) Dragon fly - Flea - Fly - Grasshopper - Katydid (1405-1424) Lady Bug - Lightning Bug (Firefly) - Locust (1425-1435) Lice - Moth - Snail - Spider (1436-1522) Tumblebug - Wasp - Worm (1523-1529) AQUATIC ANIMAL LIFE (1530-1543) Sea Shell - Oyster - Crayfish (1530-1536) Fish - Gold fish - Minnow - Perch (1537-1543) FROG - TOAD - LIZARD - SNAKE - TURTLE (1544-1617) BIRDS (1618-1771) Birds - Blackbird - Bluebird - Blue Jay - Canary (1618-1660) Cedar Waxwing - Crow - Dove - Eagle - Hawk (1661-1687) Kingfisher - Martin - Owl - Parrot - Phoebe (1688-1723) Quail - Redbird - Robin - Sparrow - Swallow (1724-1758) Turkey Buzzard - Whippoorwill - Woodpecker - Wren (1759-1771) CHICKEN -HEN -EGGS -ROOSTER (1772-1975) DUCK - GOOSE - GUINEA - PEACOCK - PIGEON - TURKEY (1976-2001) WILD ANIMALS (2002-2061) Bat - Guinea Pig - Mice - Rabbit - Raccoon (2002-2044) Rat -Skunk - Squirrel - Flying Squirrel (2045-2061) CATS (2062-2219) DOGS (2220-2319) FARM STOCK IN GENERAL (2320-2339) STOCK BREEDING (2340-2354) SHEEP (2355-2360) HOGS (2361-2399) COWS (2400-2478) HORSES AND MULES (2479-2582) BIRTH AND INFANCY (2583-3533) WHO WILL HAVE A BABY (2583-2623) NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU WILL HAVE (2624-2639) TWINS AND TRIPLETS (2640-2660) DETERMINANTS OF SEX (2661-2720) BIRTHMARK (2721-2886) Cause of Birthmark (2721-2837) Prevention of Birthmarks (2838-2849) Removal of Birthmarks (2850-2886) CONTRACEPTIVES -ABORTION -MISCARRIAGE (2887-2913) GESTATION (2914-2951) Labor Pains - Afterbirth - Caul - Naval Cord (2952-3037) Premature Birth - Stillborn (3038 - 3040) Posthumous Child - Seventh Son (3041-3050) DIRECTIONS FOR CONFINEMENT (3051-3067) TIME OF BIRTH (3068-3107) PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF BABIES (3108-3137) CARE OF INFANT (3138-3352) Layette - Cradle - Moving Baby about House (3138-3210) Baby Taken on Visit - Visit to Baby (3211-3244) To Give Baby Curly Hair - Haircut for Baby (3245-3261) Baby’s Nails Trimmed - Measuring Baby (3262-3271) Baby tickled - Picture of Baby (3272-3278) Baby and Mirror - Disposition of Baby (3279-3305) Baby’s Health - Slobbering Baby (3306-3332) Baby Falling out of Bed (3333-3336) Learning to Walk and Talk (3337-3352) DENTITION (3353-3419) First Appearance and Number of Teeth (3353-3360) Teething Remedies (3361-3419) LACTATION (3420-3484) Caked Breasts - Weaning - To Dry up Breasts (3420-3484) BAPTISM -NAMING -SPONSORS OR GODPARENTS (3485-3510) DETERMINATION AND DIVINATION OF CHILD'S FUTURE (3511-3533) THE HUMAN BODY (3534-4523)

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS (3534-3549) HEAD-FOREHEAD-CHEEK- CHIN-FACE-NECK (3550-3583) HAIR (3584-3814) Quantity of Hair - White or Grey Hair (3584-3606) Light and Dark Hair - Red Hair - Curly Hair (3607-3640) Cowlick - Crown - Beard and Mustache - Washing Hair (3641-3671) Cutting Hair - Combing Hair - Disposal of Hair (3672-3791) MOUTH - LIPS - TONGUE (3792-3814) TEETH (3815-3858) LAUGHING - CRYING - YAWNING - WHISTLING - SPITTING (3859-3900) SINGING (3901-3927) SPEAKING (3928-3980) EARS (3981-4014) EYES - CROSS-EYES (4015-4069) NOSE - SNEEZING (4070-4179) BACK - BELLY - BUTTOCKS SHOULDER - ARM - ELBOW (4180-4203) HANDS - FINGERS (4204-4285) FINGER-NAILS AND TOE-NAILS (4286-4374) LEGS -KNEES -ANKLES -FEET (4375-4415) MOLES ON THE BODY (4416-4477) BEAUTY (4478-4523) FOLK MEDICINE (4524-7213) SICKNESS AND HEALTH (4524-4638) General Remedies (4524-4582) Sickbed (4583-4635) Healer (4636-4638) AMPUTATIONS AND SURGICAL OPERATIONS (4639-4649) APPENDICITIS (4650-4654) AURAL AFFLICTIONS (4655-4686) Earache (4655-4678) Hearing and Deafness (4679-4686) BACKACHE AND LUMBAGO (4687-4698) BITES AND STINGS Dog Bit - Insect Bite or Sting - Snake Bite (4699-4744) BLEEDING Cuts - Nosebleed (4745-4831) BOWEL TROUBLE (4832-4846) BURNS (4847-4860) CHILLS (4861-4897) FEBRILE DISEASES (4898-4967) Fever - Malaria - Measles (4898-4949) Scarlet Fever - Smallpox - Typhoid Fever (4950-4967) FEMALE DISORDERS (4968-4992) FOOT AND HAND AILMENTS (4993-5177) Ingrowing Toe-Nail - Sweaty Feet - Frostbitten (4993-5019) Sore Feet - Foot or Hand Cramp or Pain - Corns (5020-5144) Swelling - Gout - Splinter - Nail Wound - Sprain (5145-5177) GOITRE (5178-5232) HEADACHE (5233-5300) MUMPS (5301-5310) MUSCULAR COMPLAINTS Crick - Hiccough - Sideache - Swimming Cramps (5311-5365) NERVE MALADIES (5366-5402) Hysteria - Nervousness (5366-5368) Neuralgia - Neuritis - Shingles (5369-5402) OCULAR MATTERS (5403-5510) Bi-Colored Eyes - Blindness - Cataract and Growth (5403-5411) Cross-Eyes - Pink Eye - Particle in Eye (5412-5421) Sore or Weak Eyes - Sty - Sun Pains (5422-5510) PAROXYSM Colic - Epilepsy - Spasm - Piles (5511-5603) PULMONARY AFFECTIONS Lung Trouble - Pneumonia - Tuberculosis (5604-5639) RESPIRATORY DISTURBANCES Asthma - Catarrh - Hay Fever (5640-5676) RHEUMATISM (5677-5804) SKIN COMPLICATIONS (5805-5904) Blister - Chafing - Chapping - Eczema - Erysipelas (5805-5827) Freckles - Hives - Itch - Pimple - Poison Ivy (5828-5890)

Rash - Scrofula - Tetter - Thrush (5891-5904) SLEEP DIFFICULTIES (5905-6004) Insomnia - Snoring - Sleep-Talking (5905-5948) Sleep-Walking - Night Sweat - Nightmare (5949-6004) SORE AND BEDSORE (6005-6039) STOMACH DISORDERS (6040-6071) THROAT INFIRMITIES (6072-6219) Cold - Cough - Croup - Diphtheria (6072-6147) Sore throat - Tonsilitis - Whooping Cough (6148-6219) TOOTHACHE (6220-6261) TUMOR - CANCER - BOIL (6262-6293) URINARY PROBLEMS Bed Wetting - Kidney Trouble (6294-6325) WART ORIGINS (6326-6335) WART DOCTOR (6336-6340) WART CURES (6341-7051) Apple - Bacon - Baking Soda - Bean - Beef (6341-6452) Bone - Bread - Broomstraw - Button (6453-6476) Castor Oil - Chalk - Chicken - Cloth or Rag (6477-6508) Corn - Counting - Crossroad - Dandelion (6509-6574) Dead: (6575-6610) Cemetery - Grave - Tombstone - Coffin - Corpse - Funeral Bell - Candle - Procession Dish Rag - Dog - Dress - Elder - Hair - Horse (6611-6675) Match - Meat - Milkweed - Moon - Nail (6676-6718) Needle - Onion - Osage Orange - Paper (6719-6764) Pea - Peach - Pebble - Penny - Pin - Pork (6765-6821) Potato - Raisin - Ring - Rock - Saliva (6822-6891) Salt - Shoe - Soap - Snow - Spoon - Stick (6892-6906) Straw - String and Thread and Yarn - Teeth (6907-6975) Tomato - Tree - Turtle - Water - Wishing (6976-7000) Miscellaneous Wart Cures – One Each (7001-7051) Beet - Menstrual Blood - Breath (7001-7003) Burning - Cow Manure - Cross sign (7004-7006) Dew - Dime - Dishwater - Elm - Fingernail (7007-7011) Fly-Flea-Flue - May Flowers - Friday - Frog (7012-7015) Grapevine - Hazel - Hickory - New House (7016-7019) Jimson Weed - Lamp Wick - Lemon - Lime (7020-7023) Liver - Negro - Nickel (Coin) - Nightshade (7024-7027) Pencil - Pin - Peroxide - Pine Board (7028-7030) Potato Bug - Rice - Rubber Band - Sand (7031-7034) Sassafras - Scissors - Silver - Snail Shell (7035-7038) Soot - Sow Urine - Spider Web - Splinter (7039-7042) Suet - Sword - Silver Thimble - Toad Urine (7043-7046) Toenail Parings - Toothpick - wild turnip (7047-7049) Own Urine - Green Walnut (7050-7051) WHITLOW: FELON - RING-AROUND - RUN-AROUND (7052-7066) WORMS AND RINGWORM (7067-7095) YELLOW JAUNDICE AND GALLSTONES (7096-7114) MISCELLANEOUS CURES (7115-7213) Dead Bone - Diabetes - Dropsy - Drunkenness (7115-7126) “Fallen Palate” - “Falling-Off” or “Flesh-Decay” (7127-7132) Heart Trouble - Insanity - “Livergrown” (7133-7155) Kernel - Wen - Mole (7156-7167) Pain - Paralysis - Peritonitis - Poison (7168-7179) Rupture - Seasickness - Trainsickness - Stuttering (7180-7196) Sunstroke - Swallowing - Venereal Disease - Vomiting (7197-7213) DREAMS (7214-8376) DREAMS MADE TRUE (7214-7239) INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS (7278-8376) Sky - Water - Land (7278-7398) Flowers - Provender - Vegetables - Fruit - Trees (7399-7481) Insects - Worms (7482-7517) Fish - Frog - Toad - Turtle - Snake (7518-7561) Bird - chicken - Duck - Goose - Pigeon - Turkey (7562-7626) Eggs - Feathers (7627-7650) Animals - Ape - Bear - Cat - Cow - Dog (7651-7694) Donkey - Elephant - Goat - Hog - Horse (7695-7733) Lion - Mice - Mule - Rabbit - Rat - Sheep (7734-7749)

Birth - Baby - Children (7750- 7771) Man - Woman - Negro - Family - Blood (7772-7821) Eyes - Face - Feet - Hair - Skin - Teeth (7822-7854) Sickness and Health (7855-7885) Anger - Fight - Quarrel - Friend (7886-7900) Crying - Laughing - Singing - Kissing (7901-7921) Naked - Clothes - Personal Ornaments (7922-7977) Wedding - House - Household Equipment (7978-8054) Fire-Stove - Smoke - Ashes - Matches (8055-8076) Food and Drink (8077-8121) Waving - Climbing - Crawling - Falling - Flying (8122-8138) Riding - Running - Traveling - Walking (8139-8149) Vehicle - Road - Lost - Crowd - Meeting (8150-8173) Letter - Mailman - Telegram - Money (8174-8215) Thief - Policeman - Prison (8216-8225) Pastimes (8226-8248) Religious Matters (8249-8269) The Dead - Coffin - Grave - Cemetery (8270-8343) Murder - Hanging - Headless (8344-8349) Miscellaneous Dreams (8350-8376) WISHES (8377-8798 194 GENERAL PRINCIPLES (8377-8387) WHEN A WISH MAY BE MADE (8388-8798) Sun - Moon - Star (8388-8432) Thunder - Lightning - Rain - Rainbow (8433-8437) Water - Bridge - Reflection in Water (8438-8450) Plant Life (8456-8506) Double Almond - Apple - Beans or Peas (8456-8462) Boy Britches - Clover - Corn - Dandelion (8463-8484) Flower - Fruit - Hay - Lettuce - Lilac (8485-8498) Love Vine - Maple - Onion - Peach (8499-8502) Persimmon - Potato - Vegetable - Wheat (8503-8506) Insects: Butterfly - Lightning Bug - Spider (8507-8512) Frog (8513) Birds: (8514-8541 Bluebird - Buzzard - Owl - Redbird - Robin - Dove - Whippoorwill - Woodpecker Chicken: (8542-8559) Gizzard - Heart - Egg - Wishbone Cat - Dog - Horse - Mule (8560-8594) Mouse - Rabbit - Squirrel (8595-8599) Human Body (8600-8798) Hunchback - Ear - Eyelash - Face (8600-8606) Head - Hair - Combing - Red-Headed Woman (8607-8619) Hand and Fingernail (8620-8624)200 Blister - Bruise - Bump (8625-8626) Wooden Leg - Toe - Tooth - Sneeze (8627-8637) Simultaneous Speech (8638-8644) Clothes (8645-8693) Dress: Turned Up - Backward - Wrong Side Out (8645-8654) Hat - Shoe - Shoestring - Stocking - Garter (8655-8666) Pin - Hairpin - Ring (8667-8693) Household Matters (8694-8741) Going to Bed and Getting up (8694-8706) Sweeping - Broom - Mop (8707-8711) Eating - Birthday Cake - Pie - Coffee - Tea (8712-8720) Dish Rag - Towel - Knife - Fork - Spoon (8721-8729) Saw - Scissors - Thimble - Salt - Pepper (8730-8736) Coal - Match - String - Lamp - Letter (8737-8741) Automobile - Baseball - Button - Your double (8742-8748) New Friend - Three Hour Service - Hill Climbing (8749-8753) Horseshoe - Strange or New House - Forgetting (8754-8774) Key - Lucky Strike - Nail - Negro Wedding (8775-8783) Penny - Dime - Machinery - Schoolhouse - Sidewalk (8784-8791) Park Bench - Freight Train - Wagon - Woman or Man (8792-8798) LOVE BELIEFS AND RITES (8799-9894) FROM SKY AND WATER AND LAND (8799-8912) Moon and Stars (8799-8829) Water in: Glass - Pan - Cup - Tub (8830-8853)

Molten Lead in Water (8854-8857) Drinking Water: Swallowing - Spilling - Throwing (8858-8866) Well - Spring - Running Water (8867-8895) Ground - Pebbles - Sand (8896-8912) LOVE SAYINGS AND PLANTS (8913-9080) Clover (8913-8943) Weeds Mostly (8944-8963) Cattail - Dandelion - Mayapple - Milkweed (8944-8952) Mistletoe - Holly - Plantain - Mullein - Thistle (8953-8963) Flowers (8964-8984) Bouquet - Daisy - Hollyhock - Ivy (8964-8972) Live-For-Ever and Love Vine (8973-8977) Old-Man-Plant - Rose - Sunflower - Zinnia (8978-8984) Vegetables: Beans - Cucumber - Cabbage - Onion (8985-8990) Peas - Potato - Sage - Turnip (8991-9004) Grain - Hay - Straw: Corn - Rye - Wheat (9005-9020) Berries: Gooseberry - Colored Berry - Twin Berry (9021-9024) Nuts: (9025-9034) Acorn - Buckeye - Beechnut - Chestnut (9025-9029) Coconut - Hazelnut - Nutmeg - Walnut (9030-9034) Apple - Lemon - Trees (9035-9080) ANIMALS AND LOVE BELIEFS (9081-9216) Insects: (9081-9094) Butterfly - Measuring Worm (Caterpillar) (9081-9084) June Bug - Lightning Bug - Mosquito (9085-9087) Spider - Tumble Bu - Wasp (9088-9094) Snail - fish - Frog - Toad - Snake (9095-9102) Birds: (9103-9143) Canary - Dove - Hawk - Humming Bird (9103-9119) Owl - Redbird - Robin - Turkey Buzzard (9120-9139) Whippoorwill - Unspecified Birds (9140-9143) Poultry: Chicken - Goose - Peacock - Pigeon - Turkey (9144-9174) Rabbit - Cat - Dog - Cow - Horse - Mule (9175-9216) HUMAN BODY AND LOVE-LORE (9217-9333) Head - Hair - Eye - Ear - Nose (9217-9247) Nosebleed - Sneezing - Cheeks - Teeth (9248-9259) Hiccough - Blister - Kiss - Chin - Shoulder (9260-9276) Breast - Belly - Mole - Shiver - Skin (9277-9281) Elbow - Hand - Fingers - Fingernails (9282-9319) Toenails - Knee - Leg - Feet - Big Toe (9320-9333) SIGNS FROM LOVE ITSELF (9334-9344) Love and Marriage: Loving Same Man (9334) Thinking of Beau - First Date (9335-9337) Lovers’ Quarrel - Three Weddings - First Marriage (9338-9344) Love Letter (9345-9373) HOUSE AND ENVIRONS AND LOVE (9374-9832) The Building (9374-9396) First Night in House - Bedroom - Papering - Stairs (9374-9384) Through Window - Cellar Door - Rain Barrel (9385-9389) Circumambulating House - Gate - Fence (9390-9396) Household Equipment (9397-9476) Bed - Candle - Chair - Clock - Ladder (9397-9423) Lamp - Mirror - Paper and Naming - Photograph (9424-9454) Knife - Fork - Spoon - Table (9455-9476) Match and Fire (9477-9494) Food and Drink (9495-9548) “Dumb Supper” or “Silent Supper” (9549-9584) (1) Set-Table Variant (9549-9561) (2) Egg Variant (9562-9575) (3) Salt Variant (9576-9584) Cleaning (9585-9625) Bath - Dish Water - Mop - Broom and Sweeping (9585-9619) Washing Clothes - Ironing - Bed Making (9620-9625) Sewing (9626-9681) Thimble - Thread - Ball of Yarn - Needle (9626-9646) Scissors - Pin - Hairpin - Safety Pin - Button (9647-9681) Clothes (9682-9759) Dress - Pants - Shirt - Necktie (9682-9712)

Stockings - Socks - Garters (9713-9732) Shoes - Shoe Strings - Hat (9733-9759) Clothing Accessories (9760-9877) Apron - Gloves - Handkerchief - Purse - Penknife (9760-9796) Ring - Earrings - Beads - Breastpin - Hairbrush (9797-9820) Nailfile - Watch - Cuff Links - Umbrella (9821-9877) SAYINGS ABOUT LOVE FROM WALKING FORTH (9833-9877) LOVE BELIEFS AND PASTIMES (9878-9894) MARRIAGE (9895-10340) WHOM TO MARRY (9895-9917) Birthday - Physical Considerations (9895-9910) Disposition - Name (9911-9917) PROPOSAL (9918-9922) ENGAGEMENT (9923-9941) TIME OF WEDDING (9942-9979) WEATHER AT WEDDING (9980-9997) BRIDAL ATTIRE (9998-10113) Material - Color - Borrowed - Old and New (9998-10037) Making - Preview - Care - Veil (10038-10064) Slippers - Ornaments - Ring - Flowers (10065-10113) THE WEDDING (10114-10209) Dressing for - Affected by Death (10114-10139) To and From Church - At Altar (10140 - 10194) Bridal Kiss - Tears at Wedding (10195-10209) WEDDING FESTIVITIES (10210-10301) Things Thrown - Presents - Feast (10210-10268) Charivari - Entering New Home - First Night (10269-10301) MARRIED LIFE (10302-10340) CLOTHING AND DRESSING (10341-11154) SEWING (10341-10636) Time to Sew - Mending (10341-10406) Thimble - Thread - Needle - Scissors (10407-10490) Pin - Hairpin - Safety Pin - Button (10491-10636) FOOTWEAR (10637-10817) Shoes - Shoestrings - Stockings - Socks - Garters (10637-10817) DRESS -PETTICOAT -PANTS -SHIRT -COAT -NIGHTGOWN (10818-10977) Color - New - Gift and Loan (10818-10858) Time of Wearing - Order of Dressing (10859-10879) Backwards - Wrong Side Out - Crooked (10880-10909) Upturned Hem - Exposure - Tear - Stain - Hole (10910-10956) Ravel and Basting - Care of Clothes (10957-10977) HAT AND CAP (10978-11021) CLOTHING ACCESSORIES (11022-11154) Apron - Gloves - Handkerchief - Purse - Beads (11022-11079) Belt - Breastpin - Earrings - Charm - Locket (11080-11096) Ring - Birthstones - Gems - Eyeglasses - Umbrella (11097-11154) HOUSEHOLD ACTIVITIES (11155-12644) CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIRS (11155-11169) TOOLS - NAIL - LADDER (11170-11216) RENTING OR BUYING (11217-11222) MOVING (11223-11350) FURNITURE (11351-11506) Unspecified - Bed - Bric-a-brac - Chair (11351-11415) Clock - Watch - Curtain - Shade - Mirror (11416-11480) Picture - Photograph - Table - Trunk - Key (11481-11506) KITCHEN AND DINING-ROOM ARTICLES (11507-11704) Knife - Fork - Spoon (11507-11633) Bread Knife - Butcher Knife - Pocket Knife (11634-11653) Dishes - Glassware - Oil Cloth (11654-11680) Pan - Skillet - String - Kettle - Bucket - Pitcher (11681-11688) Tablecloth - Napkin - Toothpick (11689-11704) HEAT AND LIGHT (11705-11778) Match - Fire - Stove - Ashes - Candle - Lamp (11705-11778) DRINK AND FOOD (11779-11999) Water - Alcohol - Wine Making - Coffee - Tea (11779-11866) Tobacco - Salt - Pepper - Sugar - Vinegar (11867-11972) Jelly - Preserves - Pickles - Sauerkraut (11973-11999)

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19. a dry year. 36. 17. predict a wet year. 31. The sun setting behind clouds on Wednesday is a token of rain before Sunday. A dull sunset is attended by bad weather. rain from the southwest. 13. .Star . Each Saturday during the year the sun shines long enough for a virgin (the Virgin?) to dry her shirt. 18. 11. If the sun comes up like a ball of fire and immediately disappears behind clouds. Interpret a cloudy sunset on Monday as rain before Friday. if an afternoon sun draws water. 27. 24. 23. An unclear sunset on Sunday is a forecast of rain before Wednesday. 30. 10. according to others. A rain is nigh. A hazy sun early in the morning indicates rain. If the moon changes while the wind is in the east. "When the moon is wet. Sunshine on Monday. 15. the sooner the rain. 12. 42. A concealed sunset on Thursday denotes rainless weather until Sunday. Two sun dogs in the east denote cold weather. the sun will appear every fourth day. 51. a wet year. A moon changing in the morning is the beginning of unsettled weather. rain will come before Tuesday. rain will fall that night. 8.Rainbow (1-122) 1. a severe storm will arrive during the night. According to some." 48. it is a sign of rain before ten o’clock that morning. 34. Some regard a solar halo as an indication of rain before night. "A pale moon doth rain. warmer weather. 16. If the first new moon in January lies on its side or back (horns upward). 25." 37.Moon . 39. if only for a minute. three sunny days. It will rain tomorrow it is said. Five phases of the moon in any month reverses the weather for thirty days. If a Friday moonset is bright. if on its belly (horns downward). a rain is imminent. An eclipse of the sun is followed by five successive days of rain. south of the sun. The next will be a rainy day. rain will fall next day. a moon becoming new on Monday notifies you of fine weather. if such a sun disappears behind clouds later in the morning. fair weather. A red-tinged girdle about the moon betokens rain in summer and snow in winter. Weather prophets prophesy twelve months ahead by observing the first change of the moon in January: if it occurs during the day. 3.1 CLIMATE (1-948) WEATHER SIGNS (1-889) Sun . They say a red sun has water in its eye. " 9. expect rain before Friday night. A moon with a blue cast is a sign of rain. after a cloudless sunset. A moon that has changed during the night will commence a wet season. 22. this is a notice of rain for forty days. 41. Although its appearance may be brief. it will bring rain before Monday morning say some. If the sun should set in gray. After a cloudy sunset there will be three rainy days. before Monday night say others. in winter. A flaming sunset on Friday. that is. the sun never hides for more than three days. it will bring rain before Monday morning say some. Of water speaks she. colder weather. The significance of a glowing sunset is a storm. 50. No matter how much rain or how overcast the sky during a rainy season. 21. If the horns of the moon are hidden on the third or fourth day. in the afternoon. 20. If the sun on Tuesday sets among clouds. a rain before Tuesday night. 44. a dry year. A sun dog on each side of the sun in the morning is a portent of milder weather. 45. "If the sun goes pale to bed." 29. disagreeable weather will follow. afternoon sun dog. 40. 33. Rain none. A moon veiled by vapor is a foreshadow of different weather within the next twenty-four hours. 49. The meaning of a sun dog north of the sun is rain from the northwest. in the afternoon. 43. A cloudy sunset on Friday turns the weather colder. sunshine all week. 6. 35. An uncloudy moonrise reveals clear weather for the next twenty-four hours. 46. 5. 32. Morning sun dog. You may depend on a clouded sunset foretelling stormy weather and an unclouded sunset foretelling serene weather. 14. No rain you get. settled weather. 28. it is a sign of rain anytime that day. If a morning sun draws water. When the moon is dry. Throughout the summer a sun that glows at sundown will be succeeded by sultriness next day. harsher weather. but others contradict this by reciting: "Circle or ring around the sun. In summer a sun dog warns you of cooler weather. Yearly there are three Saturdays on which the sun will not shine. 2. chillier weather or a blizzard. 38." 47. if during the night. There is never any sunshine on Good Friday. 26. 52. If a sun dog is seen on each side of the sun. 7. the nearer the change to midnight. On Sunday a murky sunset means rain before morning. If on Friday the sun sets in a blaze. At dawn in summer a red sun means a sultry day. "If moon red be. Each Saturday during the year the sun shines long enough for a workingman to dry his shirt. Two full moons within the same month give us rain.Colored Sky . you will always see the sun on Easter. before Monday night say others. 4. A red moon doth blow. a clear sun. A white moon doth neither rain nor blow. The contrary is also believed: if on Friday the sun sets in clouds.

"Evening grey and morning red. Watch for cold weather when the moon is in the north. Bring down rain upon his head. However. A moon slung low in the south during February will introduce thirty days of agreeable weather. The appearance of stars in a moon-ring bodes a change of weather. "Evening red. it will snow within twenty-four hours. one explanation is sometimes substituted for the other. 78. within three days say others. Evening grey and morning red. 73. the summer will be dry. 75. The name Milkmaid's Path is not often heard. As many rings as the moon has. 86. " 93. so many will be the days until rain. a wet month may be predicted. the apron withholds the water (a dry month). If an Indian cannot suspend his powder-horn (or shot-horn) from the moon. Rain soon. you can look for a chilly month with rain. 77.2 53. Brings a storm soon. Rain is in the air when a faint greenish hue overspreads the sky. 62. the weather will soon clear. That's the sign we'll have a fair day. 61. the weather will soon clear. Will pour rain on the pilgrim's head." 89. the time frequently being determined by the size of the halo: the smaller the halo. these presages are at times interchangeable." 95. 56. water is pouring over the lip of the dipper (a wet month). 79. 64. in the latter. if upward." 74. there will be rain. Will set the traveler on his way. it presages a wet month. . Notwithstanding. A moon standing on its horns will within three days begin a wet spell lasting the whole month. some reverse these meanings: in the former. The direction in which the Milkmaid's Path (Milky Way) points will be the course of the wind on the fallowing day. A multitude of stars means pretty weather and a scarcity of stars means falling weather. Meteors (called shooting stars) in greater number than usual signify unpleasant weather. If on a gloomy day there is a patch of blue sky large enough to make a shirt for a sailor. "An evening grey and a morning red. 66." 92. If in the spring a crescent moon hangs like a cradle (rests on its back). 85. If a moon-ring has stars. during warm weather. During cold weather a lunar halo discloses warmer weather. "Circle or ring around the moon. Yet. the opposite interpretation is also held. 76. 57. Will pour the rain down on his head. 82. the number of these stars will enumerate the foul days approaching. if he can. 87. the apron now full will soon empty itself (a wet month). Send the traveler back to bed. 83." 65. Speed the traveler on his way. if upward. colder weather. "Evening red and morning grey. 55. If the ends of the moon extend downward. Evening red and morning grey. " 88. In whatever direction a star shoots. in winter. One expects a continuation of excellent weather after the Milky Way has glittered with unusual brilliance. the sooner the rain. 63. If the Big Dipper is upside down. Send the traveler on his way." 90. If the moon does not have a ring and yet several nearby stars are grouped about it in an irregular circle. morning grey. 84. 72. if right-side up. If there are two moon-rings. the weather will soon clear. 69. But in each case. If in the spring a crescent moon hangs crossways (stands on one or both horns). morning red. 71. Stars that sparkle and seem larger than usual in summer are fore-casting rain. water is running out of the apron (a wet month). the water now flowing beneath the bridges will be reduced to a mere trickle (a dry month). Two sure signs of one clear day. If you are unable to hang a dipper on the edge of the moon. 67. If the tips of the moon tilt downward. "Evening red and morning grey. each star will represent one day until the weather changes. A halo about the moon foretells rain next day say some." 91. "If at morning the sky be red. the wind will blow next day. If the upturned horns of a moon lying on its back lean toward the northwest. you may prepare for rain. Send the shepherd wet to bed. If stars twinkle brightly. 54." or "Ring around the moon. 81. Evening grey. A deep-blue sky is always an indication of beautiful weather for the rest of the day. the apron has already been emptied (a dry month)." 94. 58. radiant weather is at hand. much water will flow under the bridges (a wet month). one prediction is occasionally exchanged for the other. a dry month. "Evening grey and morning red. Make a fair fair day. "Evening red and morning grey. a dry month. The earth will soon become a puddle. If the points of the moon curve downward. 59. 68. "When the stars begin to huddle. Nevertheless. 70. the dipper retains the water (a dry month). 80. If stars appear in a moon-ring. if upward. If on a gloomy day there is a patch of blue sky large enough to make a pair of britches for a Dutchman. 60. warm weather when the moon is in the south. "An evening red and a morning grey. If on a gloomy day there is a patch of blue sky the size of a handkerchief. a wet spring is signified. no rain. a sharper temperature or frost. if you are able.

If a rainbow appears in the east. If there's a rainbow before noon. .Storm (123-185) 123. but rain-clouds after the moon has risen always remain. sailor's delight. Fisherman's delight." 114. Never twenty-four hours dry. "Open and shet. Clouds with streamers pointing upward carry rain. Morning clouds opening before seven and closing soon afterward foretell rain before eleven." 116. "A mackerel sky. rain accompanied by wind. 119. "Red at night." "Red in the morning." 99. Rain-clouds appearing before moonrise will drift away as soon as the moon rises. wet according to others. 135. 122. Clouds . Is a sign of wet.Thunder . Small white clouds indicate rain within three days." 125. the rain will soon resume. If at sunset a ruddy sky reflects from clouds in the east. shepherd's warning." 137. 120. sailors take warning." 126. "Horses tails and fishes scales. "Morning wonders. or It bids the traveler stay in bed. "Rainbow at night. Is a shepherd's delight. "Rainbow at night. "Rainbow at noon. Sailors' delight. Rainbow in the morning. "A rainbow at night. Red at night. 110. Light fleecy clouds produce rain only. 102. a change of weather is near. 127. 130. More rain soon. make preparations for a hailstorm. 103. the weather will be dry according to some. A rainbow anytime during the day is a boding of rain next day. Make sailors spread their sails. A red sky in the morning signifies blustery winds. Red in the morning. 107. 132. That is the sign of rain soon. At sunset a transparent sky with a scattering of small red clouds is a promise of fair weather. A leaden sky at daybreak in summer will be replaced by intense heat later that morning.3 96. A pinkish sky in the west at night is an omen of rain. From clouds with a golden glow at sunset pleasant weather is presaged. 104. "You may look for rain soon. Storm close by." 113. In the sky at sunset pale yellow portends high winds.Lightning . it will rain three days during the following week. A rainbow in the morning. 105. sailor take warning. 131. If a fiery sky at sunset is reflected on clouds in the north. Never (leaves the earth) three days dry. Buttermilk clouds are rain-bearers." 136. Yellow in the sky at sunset is a portent of rain. 109. storms and high winds can be expected. Sailors take warning. Thin streaked clouds will eventually collect rain. "A mackerel sky. White drift-clouds often called "sheep" are a rain warning. 121. "Rainbow in the morning. 124. shepherd's delight. 100. sailors' delight." 115. "Red at night." "Red at night. "Dominicker sky. Evening blunders. Sailors warned." 111. Despite the foregoing rhymes." (Dominicker = Dominique = barred) 133. 101." 98." 97. 129." 112. If a rainbow appears in the west. 106. "When you see a rainbow before noon. Is a shepherd's warning. Farmer take warning." 117. heavy rough clouds. Red in the morning. many persons think of a rainbow as indicating clear weather for the rest of the day. "Rainbow in the morn. To have a blazing sky reflect against clouds in the south at sunset denotes rain. After you have seen a rosy sky. If a person sees a double rainbow (one arched at a distance above the other). soldiers are mourning. 108. soldiers' delight. 128. Clouds resembling a mare's tail presage rain. Red in the morning." 134." 118.

149. Lightning in December means a cold spell. January thunder indicates an April frost.Rain . Autumn thunder. 166. or both. A January thunder. 175.Snow (186-293) 186. next day will be cloudy. milder weather.a white drift-cloud darkened at one end usually known as the head --. A south wind is accompanied by warm weather. 147. 184. if the clouds go east.consequently. there will not be any cold weather until after Christmas. 163. "Thunder before noon. and grandmother said. after sunset. Three days of wind from the east terminate in rain. Wind . after trees have leafed. 188. Wind from the east and warm weather are companions. 164." 141. Lightning in March means unseasonable weather all year. February thunder denotes a May frost. 180. 190. If it thunders in February. 172. within thirty-six hours say others. a June frost. the date in May will correspond to the day in January.4 138. 167. 170. 185. 168. And I got to go that day. 150. Sheet lightning at night foretells hotter weather and therefore is generally referred to as heat lightning.is always a rain-carrier. if during the night. "I remember one day I wanted to go somewhere real bad and the weather was bad. In early winter or late spring an easterly wind precedes a rain or a snow. If you hear thunder before seven in the morning. it promises a cold spell say some. Three consecutive nights of lightning in the north will bring rainy weather. 178. Stormy weather on Friday. a downpour within twenty-four hours. colder weather. Northeast lightning is considered by some an omen of rain within twenty-four hours. we have this local saying: look for rain when you smell the paper-mill ---the latter being located south of Quincy. During the day.' If you get up in the morning and it is storming. Further. 145. 187. 189. 162. if at night. next day will be fair. 161. In particular." 153." 156. To have thunder in December is a forecast of frost in May. you may look for wet weather during the night or next day. so many will be the frosty days. expect an immediate rain. it promises a cold spell say others. and as a consequence. December thunder makes the weather colder. 192. six more weeks of cold weather may be expected. as many times as it thunders. February lightning forecasts a frost sufficient to kill on the corresponding date in May. Summer rains are regularly produced by south-to-east winds. if it does not thunder in February. thunder or lightning. or if a real bad fog. March thunder ends wintry weather. Is a sailor's warning. 142. so when you observe clouds of this type cropping up singly from the horizon all day." 155. rain before morning. Severe storms in winter are from east to northeast. warmer weather. If there is thunder in January. It never rains while the wind is southerly and the sky cloudy. finally joining each other in a mass that seems to seethe. a June flood. 139. 159. Monday clouds portend cloudy weather two more days that week. After thunder and lightning on New Year's Day comes a cold snap. 169. seven thunderclaps will be heard before night. 165. 151. 181. lightning in the northwest betokens rain at once or that night. by others an omen of dry weather. predict a May frost. "Thunder before seven. 193. To see it lighten in the south is an indication of a drought. On whatever day it thunders in February. it will clear up that day. winter thunder. hence. signifies chillier weather. 160. or both. 191. for it never fails. the fourteenth of each month being frequently cited as an example of this correspondence. October thunder will be followed by milder weather.a rain is impending. If an east wind veers to the northwest and rain fails to accompany it. 173.Whirlwind . A thunderhead --. Rain before eleven. 182. clear weather on Saturday. soon say some.formerly described as a "cloud-baum" or "cloud-tree" by some of the old-time Germans --. 179. Dry weather always accompanies lightning in the east. . Showers in the afternoon. 176. for corresponding dates. If it thunders in November. 143. 177. 144. A Friday storm will reappear before Monday. If the first spring storm is from the north or southwest. so many will be the frosts of May. 148. "Thunder in the morning. either the sixth or the last day of each month is mentioned. snow in May. 183. 154. 146. Thunder in February. 174. 157. the date of the former denoting the time of the latter --. The date of Thunder in January will be the number of spring days during May. Winter is ended by the first thunder of spring. A January thunder. as many thunders as are in February. If a storm subsides before sunset. there will be no wet weather for a week. all subsequent storms will come from the same direction. If while trees are leafless there is thunder or lightning. 171. Late November or early December thunder does not change the weather. Occasionally these contradictory opinions refer to late February thunder. 'It will soon stop raining and clear up and you can go. 152. for the clouds are going east. An eastern wind is followed by rainy weather in summer and by snowy weather in winter. A spring thunder proclaims a cold spell. on a similar date it will thunder in May. If it lightens in the north during the day. Early March thunder brings cooler weather. Northwest thunder means rain within forty-eight hours. 140. 158. Thundery weather in March is a sign of a cool summer. The worst storms follow an east wind. While trees are bare. If clouds bunch together to form a tree --.

Sunshine next Sunday. wind in the north. 'Tis neither good for man nor beast. 213. The direction of the wind on Good Friday will prevail during the next forty days. On Monday a rain signifies three rainy days before the end of the week. Dry weather follows a shower that threatens and does not keep its threat. for a few minutes at least. throughout the following forty-eight days. expect a closed winter. If the wind is blowing from the northwest on New Year's morning." . 241." 205. 221. The south wind veering to the northwest portends bad weather.5 194. "The south wind brings wet weather. 196. 210. 219. 233. it will blow every twenty-four hours (or will not shift for more than twenty-four hours) during the next forty days. Whirlwinds in the spring mean a droughty summer. The direction of the wind on the Ember Days of September (Wednesday. Then 'tis at the very best. it will come from the south every day during January. Wind in the west. In whatever direction the wind blows on New Year's morning. The east wind blows it back again. if from the south. 231. The north wind. 223. a north wind. 220. For the next three months the wind will not deviate from its path on New Year's Day. it will blow for the next six weeks. wind and cold together. rain is imminent. 200." 236. On New Year's Day a southerly wind begins forty days of clement weather. There is never any rain during a west wind. accordingly a north wind springing up will drive rain away. A whirlwind as a rule will indicate dry weather. for forty days it will continue from that direction. 226. 197. 242. 199. 202. Wind in the south on New Year's Day means a dry summer. 222. 217. If you see a whirlwind traveling downstream. 208. 207. Friday and Saturday after the fourteenth) determines the weather for winter: if it blows from the north. A northeast wind in winter is the forerunner of a big snowstorm. 240. a wet summer. 212. 216. 232. so will it be mostly all year. The skillful fisher goes not forth. 215. When the wind is in the south. It blows the bait in the fish's mouth. 201. 195. 234. Northern winds are always cold. Monday rain never stops until it has rained for three days. The quarter of the wind on September 21 governs its prevailing direction for the next six months. 230. the winter will be mild. If the wind comes from the south on New Year's Day. Rain does not fall during a north wind. From whatever direction the wind blows on Easter. an open winter. 228. Wind in the northeast about six o'clock on Easter morning foretells seven weeks of rain. If the wind before sunrise on New Year's Day is from a certain point. Cold weather attends a west wind. it will afterward blow three days in the north. The direction of the wind on the first three days of December shows whence the wind will blow during the three following months. The west wind always brings us rain. 224. Years ago steamboat men on the Mississippi River used to say a rain going upstream (south to north) would be back again (north to south) within three days. The quarter of the wind at five o'clock in the morning on New Year's Day will be its direction three times that year. rain every day that week. 198. On March 10 the direction of the wind will remain unchanged for forty days." 204. The direction of the wind on Easter will be its direction during the forty days that follow. When the wind is in the north. It will not rain during a west wind and a cloudy sky. 218. When the wind is in the west. 229. Sailors take warning. Either a north or a northwest wind on Good Friday will be succeeded by six weeks of inclement weather. 239. 206. 209. "When the wind is in the east. East rain continues for three days. 214. An early morning rain stops before noon. Sailors distressed. A rain starting at three o'clock in the afternoon will last until three o'clock next afternoon. Stop before eleven. If a wind blows three days in the south. As the direction of the wind is on New Year's Day. Sailors feast. If in April a northeast wind shifts to the northwest and returns to the northeast. 211. a heavy winter. Rain on Monday (morning say some). 225. 237. "Wind in the east." 203. On September 21 a south wind indicates a light winter." 238. If on the first three days in November the wind travels from the south (provided the weather is warm say some). you may look for rain with hail. A southern wind on New Year's Day will return every three days all winter. "Early morning rain and an old woman's dance are soon over. 227. "Rain before seven." 235. "Rain in the morning. "Rain on Monday. The course of the wind on New Year's Day will be retraveled every forty-eight hours. during the next two months you will not find it out of that point for more than forty-eight hours. but at times it is thought by some to be an indication of rain.

Swithin's Day (July 15) it rains. 300. or rain off and on. A wet and cloudy November 1 is an indication of a wet winter. 282. An Easter rain means wet weather for the next six Sundays. Good Friday to Easter). If it is raining on the first Sunday of the month. 297. 275. a windy January." 299. it will rain fifteen days before clearing off. a rainy Sunday. 248. 287. If it snows in May. Some say this is true only of a Monday rain.April 15. When a rain spatters. A rain making bubbles on the ground shows the weather will soon clear. Look for colder weather to follow a rain that becomes thick and heavy. 301. 244. After a rain on May 1. 271. some say this applies only when Friday happens to be the final day of the previous month. 285. 258. 269. there will be no rain before next Friday. 268. expect snow next day. A rainy Friday. If rain falls on Friday. 253. 286. 256. Large snowflakes.Thaw . 263. Freeze . 266. If raindrops are large (the size of a quarter according to some). 272. 288. A freeze on February 22 is a sign of forty more freezes. summer will be hot and dry. three successive days of rain may be expected . it is merely a shower. A frost clinging to trees late in the morning foretells snow. Rain on the first Monday of the month presages three Monday rains for the month.Dew (294-329) 294. If it rains on Good Friday. An Easter rain means rainy weather for the next six Sundays and ten Mondays. for the next three weeks. If it is raining on the first Sunday of the month. If it freezes on March 6. 245. it will snow again within a few hours. If it is raining on June 1. If after a snowstorm you find snow sticking to the sides of trees. 293. A rainy October. 284. 278. during which the drops adhere to any of the following: bushes.6 243. the month will have fifteen rainy days. "A sunshine shower. 261a.Mist . short snowstorm. 255. A wet Palm Sunday will be followed by seven weeks of rain. . 291. A white frost is a rain omen. the storm will be a flurry only. Rain on these three days ---the first two days of the month and the last Friday of the preceding month ---is a portent of a wet month." 281. 279. 290. there will not be much rain the remainder of the year. A rainy July 1 denotes rain. it signifies rain next day.Fog . snow only over the top branches. If the first day of the month has a rain. If it rains on Good Friday. it will not rain for seven Sundays. 302. "If there is ice in November that will bear a duck. there will be snow before the season ends. 257. they will walk in mud at Christmas. it will rain at the same time next day. it can freeze anytime during the forty days that follow. 264. Three successive white frosts mean a rain. 273. 259. 249. Three rainy days for the week are foretold by a rainbow that appears during a rain.Frost . no more snow. 270. Wet weather on Easter remains until Ascension Day forty days later. 267. it will freeze on the fortieth day thereafter --. it will soon be snowing again. 254. Snow on March 1 can be followed by snow anytime during the next thirty days. you may predict twenty rainy days for the month. Never lasts an hour. If the sun shines during a rain. If on St. That rain does not continue long. look for an early summer and a late winter. A wet Palm Sunday means a sunny Easter. 246. clothesline. wires. A rain on January 1 forecasts seven rainy New Year's Days in succession. If it rains on an Easter falling on April Fool's Day (April 1). the forty days thereafter will be wet. 254a. On one of the first three days of January a rain betokens a wet February. If it rains on Good Friday. 274. it is going to rain every Sunday that month. Sunday rain is a sign of rain for seven consecutive Sundays. long snowstorm. If late in the fall or early in the spring it rains for several days and then the sun comes out white. 277. so many will be the snows that winter. If during a hard rain the drops are large. 262. Examine trees after it has snowed: snow only in the forks means more snow soon. and screens of doors and windows . windows. Wet weather on New Year's Day is an omen of a rainy January. 260. 280. except occasional patches in fence corners and other sheltered places. Rainy weather on Easter will not cease for seven days. 296. it is going to rain every other Sunday that month. As many days as there are between the first snow and Christmas. 250. Much rain in October. Rain on July 1 brings seventeen rainy days that month. Rain bubbling on the ground warns you of showers for the next three days. A freeze on March 10 may be followed by freezing weather anytime during the next forty days. it will rain the seven following Sundays. At whatever time it rains while the sun is shining. small snowflakes. 295. 283. 276. much wind in December. 292. If it is snowing and the sun comes out. 251. Rain on March 10 (called "forty riders day") means rain for forty days. 261. If it freezes in Christ's grave (while Christ was in the grave. If geese on November 11 walk over ice. If all snow melts on reaching the ground. 252. 247. Large raindrops betoken dry weather. 298. it will soon stop raining. Rain on the first day of dog days is succeeded by forty rainy days. 262a. There will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck. The date of the month on which we have the first snowfall will be the number of winter snows. 265. however. 289. If all snow melts on reaching the ground.

313. by splendid weather. A morning fog lifting early is an omen of rain. " 327. whereas others say rain is brought by three dewy mornings. if they are heavy. 316. 319. These interpretations are often interchanged. If some distant object seems unusually clear. If the ground is frozen on St. Early in the morning a clear atmosphere with little or no humidity promises a fine day. heavy fogs in August. as many foggy mornings as there are in January. 308. 333. if the ground has thawed by that day. The number of fogs in August determine the number of snows in winter. 306. If the river piles driftwood on its banks in March. These explanations are at times reversed. If in a seep-hole. nice weather. a foggy afternoon will stay. February always has one week of good weather. A rising stage in the river during November denotes a high stage all winter. They say. 347. Foam on the water in a river or creek (brook) signifies rain. She'll go out a tearing'. hence the rhyme: "St Matthias breaks the ice. 350. The weather on New Year's Day rules the weather of the three following months. the weather will be good. the water-level rises. that will be the weather until the following Friday. 343. 307. A chilly August. if sharp.Well . Three misty mornings in succession warn you of rain. Whatever the weather is on Friday. 329. 315. As the weather is on the first three days of January. Bubbles . Matthias Day (February 24). A foggy morning will fade away. Heavy dews in March. but they are harmed by frost while the wind is from the south. 322. 320. A light dew in the morning will be followed by rain. 314. an open winter may be predicted. or if water is found in a dry seep-hole. it will freeze again.) 351. a rain is close. Whatever the weather is on Friday. 323. 318. Raw weather on All Saints' Day (November I) and All Souls' Day (November 2) warns you of the approach of winter. 355." (Not tear from eye. a heavy winter. Sediment floating near the surface of a river or stream foretells an immediate rise in the water. Plants are not harmed by frost while the wind is from the north. 321. "Whatever goes up must come down. the warm days of February will be the cold days of March. Much autumn fog. 328. 305. If fogs in August are light. A January thaw betokens a wet July. Bubbles rising from marshy ground or from stagnant water in an old pond are a warning of rain. a mild February. a sultry August. so many frosty mornings will there be in May. If any day of September is cold but without frost. we will have no frost until the same date in October. As the weather is on the first three days of January. 309.River (330-336) 330. 344. All signs fail in dry weather. .either the best or the worst day of the week. 311. The weather during the first twelve days of January will control the weather for the whole year. 326. After March 15 a frost never damages plants. so will it be the entire year. 353. there will be none until after October 15.7 303. the clearer the object. 335. etc. but fair weather on these days will last for six weeks." Therefore. A dry May is followed by a wet June. 345. 352. If there is no killing frost in September. No dew in the morning is a forecast of rain say some. 338. therefore this is also a sign of high water. 332. Rain will never come to pass. 348.Water Level . it will go out like a lion. "Years ago my father used to say it was an old saying: ‘If March comes in a raring.Spring . The cold days of February will be the warm days of March. during the dark of the moon it does. much winter snow. 336. it will go out like a lamb. if a fog in the morning fades away without rising. Frost during the light of the moon does not nip plants or fruit-tree blossoms. 331. if March comes in like a lion. The ground thawing in December indicates a thaw every month during winter. thus. Hot weather during the first week of August means a white winter. a heavy dew. 310. 349. Rain never falls while the ground is wet in dry weather. If a train whistle sounds dull. 325. Friday is the "foulest of the fair" --. Weather on Special Days and during Various Seasons (337-372) 337. If March comes in like a lamb. If you hear a train whistling at a greater distance than usual. This may be an old rhyme. when the river breaks up in the spring. spring or well. Some say the lack of dew for three mornings brings rain. if the fog rises. 339. he makes ice. 340. 346. The day on which a fog occurs in January will be the date of a frost in May. 354. but to tear cloth. Cool August nights reveal hot weather for September. lifting late. contrariwise. rain will soon appear. but cool weather on these days means an open winter. look for rain. If it thaws enough for water to run down the ruts in a road during the first three days of January. 341. Mists in March are followed by frosts in May. 334. 317. A muggy day without the slightest trace of a breeze is a token of a thunderstorm." 312. so will it be during the three months of winter. a light winter may be expected. that will be the weather all next week. If no ice. it will soon thaw. the river will unpile it in June. It is an old belief along the Mississippi that. the closer the rain. a cold February. 304. the weather will be bad. 342. New Year's Day occurring on Sunday presages a dry summer. say others: "When dew is on the grass. 324. it portends rain. a clear day. high water will rise to the top of the ice jams.

according to others. To discover the dry and wet months of the year: "Take twelve onions all the same size. prepare for an uneven winter (weather changing from one extreme to the other and sometimes doing this overnight) . so will it be all winter. " . If the weather on Ember Days is fair. beginning late it will soon end. forecasts an open winter. Twisted-up corn blades denote rain. If corn silk has a light texture. 394. Thin onion skins in autumn signify a mild winter. Clover on first coming up will in some years be found with its leaves curled back. When the top burs of the cocklebur bush have ripened. dry months for the coming year. 385. The blooming of flowers late in the autumn presages a bitter winter say some. 395. a mild winter. 382. winter will be mild. a green Christmas. if in straight rows. and the dry onions. If the corn husk tightly enfolds the ear. so long will there be no frost. 374. which is also cold and dry. a cold winter is portended. look for a light winter. . you need not worry about frost for six weeks. 392. then cut a hole in the top of each onion. April and so on. And don't let anyone go near the table after you have put them there. 371. An early Easter." 405. Dandelion . winter is at hand. 375. A hot summer. a harsh winter. The onion and the corresponding month which has water in the cup will be a rainy month. 390. The weather of November 25 will be the weather of February. 376. 388. According to some. if the tip of the ear protrudes through the corn husk. a cold winter. 387. Then look at each onion. A cloudy Easter will be followed by seven weeks of cloudy weather. A white Christmas. if scanty. If the kernels on corn cobs are in crooked rows. 365. an early spring. The weather on the first three days of any season decides the weather for that season.Milkweed (393-400) 393. a regular winter. 368. a green Easter. a cold winter. 400. predict an open winter. 386. 391. thick onion skins. Flowers remaining open all night and having a stronger fragrance than usual forecast rain. Red corn is followed by a rigorous winter. 363. a cold winter. if a heavy texture. an irregular winter will follow.Clover . If corn silk is abundant. a long winter. a cool summer. Mushrooms in November disclose a light winter. 397. 396. if blunt. Do this on New Year's Day. If corn husks are pointed.Onion . a short winter. a cold Christmas. if the weather on these three days is rainy. Get up on Christmas morning early and go to the onions and say January. if thick. then fill each top with the same amount of salt. 384. Mushroom . If corn husks are long. 366. If a flower blooms twice during the year. a late Easter. deep snows will fall during the winter. an early spring. a sharp winter is revealed. You must lay them the way the sun rises and sets. 359. 404. 361. If corn cobs have scattered grains (a few here and there).Cocklebur . 377. November weather is duplicated during March. Name each onion after one of the months. a hot summer.Grass .Purslane . 367. The ripening of the very top bur on a cocklebur bush signifies an exceedingly bad winter. The onions that have water running out of them will be wet months. A winter beginning early will be long and cold. March. 403. a good winter. 370. 360. 398. a warm winter. an open winter. If while cutting corn in the autumn the ears fall to the ground as soon as you hit the stalk. 362. 381. Flowers just before a rain are always more fragrant. As long as the top bur on a cocklebur bush stays green. 402. 379. 37? You will always find clover blossoms closed just before a rain. a long winter is approaching. a moderate winter may be expected. The autumnal air filled with cotton from milkweed pods indicates no snow on Christmas. If corn husks are thin. To have dandelions bloom in January is an omen of clement weather for the rest of winter. Corn blades twined about the stalk mean rain. 389. a mild winter say others. A cold winter. Grass that remains green into late autumn is a portent of a warm winter.Flower . A warm Christmas. three months of good weather will follow. predict a closed winter. 372. A lot of mushrooms popping up overnight warns you of rain. it foretells a hard winter. a late spring.Corn (373-392) 373. then lay each onion in a straight row on a table. prepare for a normal winter. 399. Some onions will have water running out of them and some will be dry. The weather on the first three days of December regulates the weather for the three winter months. After the burs of a cocklebur bush have started forming. 380. Let the onion stand until water gathers in the cups. 358. winter will be severe. 383. February. a cold Easter. bad weather on this day also forecasts an open winter. If the corn husk entirely conceals the ear. Blackberries that ripen late are an indication of a hard winter. if corn cobs are full-grained. Dandelion blossoms shut just before a rain. A long autumn.Raspberry (401-410) 401. Blackberry . The wet and dry months of the year may be divined as follows: "Take twelve onions. if loosely. A warm autumn. 357. a cool and rainy summer.8 356. A hard winter. Cut off the tops of the onions and gouge out a cup in each one. 369. . if short. this is a token of a backward spring. a white Easter. a heavy winter. a fair November II. As the weather is on November 21. the following three months will be wet. a warm Easter. You must do this on Christmas Eve between eleven and twelve. 364.

you will have bad luck. also the following plants: bean. Nuts: Acorn . 430. Contrary to the preceding belief. prophesy a mild winter. If tree leaves curl up to form cups. Tall weeds in autumn. a light winter is coming. radishes and turnips --. sprinkle water on one half. Summer arrives while the first ants are throwing up their mounds. a rigorous winter. "If raspberries bloom twice in one year and some of the blossoms produce fruit. oak and willow are ordinarily named. If in the autumn you open an oak ball (an oak tree gall) and find a worm. When vegetables in the spring begin to wilt. 433. Put salt all over them. rain is in the air.Bark . . 417. this is a provision for wild animals and birds --. 442. The appearance of red ants announces the arrival of spring. 419. heavy winter. 443. a rain will turn up before Sunday. If trees are not stripped of leaves before November 11. 425. meagre winter. If tree leaves turn up on Monday. If walnuts or hickory nuts have thin hulls. maple. 438.Hazelnut . If walnuts drop early. 415. winter will be open. you will know that cold weather is not far away. 422. If there is no water on the onions. 446. Dead branches dropping from trees in fair weather are a rain warning. they are enlarging the tunnels of their nests in expectation of an early and severe winter.have longer tails before a hard winter. 414. if they have fallen from the sides but remain on the tops. a thin winter is presaged. In the morning it will tell the wet and dry months of the year: if the salt don't melt on them. The cottonwood. it denotes a cold winter because the fly is covered with hair. from time to time." 407.Moss . If ants raise the sides of their mounds higher. Violets flowering in October betoken a mild winter. rain will arrive before Sunday. beechnuts. then put salt over them.Gall (411-428) 410. given in separate sayings. elm. especially of the snowball bush. parsnips. if a fruit tree has two crops the same season. If tree leaves with silvery or whitish undersides turn upside down or inside out. 426. 412. carrots. naming each month. 418. 435. 448. if they are tight. 432. wild grapes. 421. The mating of insects in August is a presage of a delayed autumn. a pleasant summer may be predicted. they mention the bitterweed. 445. they are the dry months. meagre foliage. and plant the two halves near each other: if the watered half comes up first.Violet . Look for rain after you see ants traveling in a straight column. But never pick any of these second-crop berries. the weather that summer will be rainy. Insect . a hot and dry summer. 437. The blooming of pursley (purslane) is an omen of rain. Either Nature or God is thought to provide for the wants of wild animals and birds by an abundance of wild fruits and nuts before a cold winter and a scarcity of them before a warm winter. The looseness or tightness of sycamore bark in the autumn shows what kind of weather we shall have: peeled easily. If in autumn the tops of trees are bare but leaves hang on the sides. a loose winter. If a fruit tree blooms twice the same year (does not have two crops as in the preceding beliefs). thick hulls. 416. 441.Ant . 420. perhaps because of a bitter winter. In the morning he looked to see which were wet months and dry ones. "My father used to try to see what months would be wet or dry. Weed .9 406.Caterpillar (439-469) 439. it means a harsh winter. but if the oak ball contains a fly instead of the larval worm. "On New Year's Eve take the middle slice [core] out of an onion. if the grain darkens. Sycamore trees with smooth white bark in the autumn indicate an open winter.Bee . a thick winter. 444. peeled with difficulty. If wheat remains the same color as when it was threshed. If piss ants approach your door early in the week. hickory nuts. if you cannot see the sky.Vegetable . This is also said of flowering shrubbery. 431. winter will be closed.beets. 428." 411. Long-tailed vegetables --. 424. the one that the salt melts on. 408.Walnut (429-433) 429. a tight winter. as in the previous belief. Tree leaves turning yellow in August warn you of an early autumn. walnuts and weed seed. A hard winter always follows the appearance of moss on the South side of trees in autumn. a severe winter. If walnut or hickory nut hulls are loose.Hickorynut . They say the same thing about grapevines. a raw winter is betokened. If ants increase the size of their mounds at the beginning of July. 436. Tree: Bloom . This belief is sometimes expressed: there is never any frost after red ants have appeared. Here again. a long dry spell is near. 427. The curling up tree leaves before they fall in the autumn is a sign of an open winter. cut them in half to make the twelve months. rain will soon fill the cups. Dry beechnuts on November 1 portend a disagreeable winter. Leaves still hanging on the branches in late October and early November foretell much snow that winter. deep snows in winter. Ants herding together and running about in circles warn you of rain. rain is on its way.Foliage . An unusual activity among ants will be succeeded by rain. You must name each [half] onion a month. watch for an early autumn. it means a harsh winter. it will be a dry month. hazelnuts. are mentioned as: acorns. He took six onions on New Year's Eve just at twelve o'clock. it is a sign of a very mild winter. Stand at the foot of a tree after it has leafed in the spring: if you can see the sky through the leaves. 447. Halve an onion. As soon as you observe insects carrying material for nests.to keep the snow from covering the seed. 409. wild blackberries. clover and grape. it denotes a warm winter because the worm is naked. Specifically. These foods. Do this to twelve onions. Heavy foliage. 423. 440.Beechnut . This belief is sometimes given: open ant mounds foretell rain. it will be a wet month. The salt will all melt and make water run out of the onions that are the wet months. An early falling of leaves denotes an early winter. 413.Butterfly .Wheat (434-438) 434.

502. If a caterpillar comes to your door in August or September and tries to enter. " 479. During the autumn you are warned of a severe winter by black caterpillars and of a mild winter by yellow caterpillars. there will be dry weather. When flies start to drop from the ceiling. Bees stay in or near the hive before a rain and make journeys only when the weather will continue fair. Many spiders in the house. If in autumn the front half of a caterpillar is large and the back half small.June Bug (470-481) 470. 501. 484. so. winter will be cold. Lightning Bug . the early part of winter will be cold. 463. 499. preparations may be made for a cold spell. After bees have buzzed about in March. and conversely. If you hear crickets chirping. 465." Tumblebug . the middle of winter will be light. Autumnal butterflies proclaim immediate cold weather. A locust (cicada) singing after sunset is forecasting hot weather for next day. 497. The person who kills a June-bug causes a rain. If caterpillars during autumn are dark-brown in the central part of the body and yellow at each end. 468. 498. it will rain on Monday. 460. Noisy locusts (cicadas) are a warning of a dry spell. if the center of the body is light-colored. 454. if the front half of a caterpillar is small and the back half large. an open winter may be forecasted. 475. autumn and cold weather are approaching. intentionally or unintentionally.Worm (500-509) 500. they are storing up additional honey against a long winter. If crickets chirp louder than usual. if they crowd into the hive all at once. a bad storm will accompany the rain. Yellow butterflies during autumn presage a frost within ten days that will tint the leaves with the same color. 450. 503. the earlier part of winter will be cold. 462. it will rain within twenty-four hours. 494. 477. you can look for a very cold and long winter. a mild winter will follow. others say dry weather. If the head of the autumnal caterpillar is black. the weather will become colder. the second half of winter will be colder than the first half. 487. An early hatching among butterflies in the spring is followed by excellent weather. Late-autumn caterpillars are an indication of a very mild winter. The killing of a cricket brings rain that day say some. If there is a speck of yellow on the nose of the autumnal caterpillar. November butterflies are an indication of an open winter. if high. the day following say others.they call them henschrecken in German. The first bumblebee humming about your door will tell you cold weather has gone and warm weather has arrived. If lightning-bugs (fireflies or glowworms) fly high. Snails seen in large numbers are a token of rain. After you have heard locusts (cicadas).Hornet . If bees drone about as late as September. 461. expect cold weather for the middle of winter. 464. An Indian summer is foretold by spider webs on the trees in autumn. A great many lightning-bugs in June foretells a hot summer.Spider (482-499) 482. That year in which tumblebugs are numerous will be a year having a severe winter. but others say this is a sign of a warm winter. 469. Spider webs floating in the air mean rain. there will not be any rain that day. This is also believed of mud-daubers. If you kill a spider on Sunday. more bees entering than leaving a hive betokens rain. if on the tail. 491. 453.or bite harder or oftener than usual. 496. an exceptionally harsh winter can be expected. it is an omen of rain. If you kill a spider on Friday. if the caterpillar merely crawls about your door and does not try to enter. 458. "If you see those little yellow flies hopping from one flower to another in the fall --. If crickets chirp in the house. Expect rain soon. Large spiders trying to get into the house all summer signify an extremely cold winter. To kill an ant or to tread on an ant-hill. For a mild winter they should web up in the first week of October. Spiders desert their webs before a rain. 457. 478. A large number of flies about the house denotes rain. it will be six weeks till frost. It is said by some that a summer of many wasps will bring a winter of much snow.Wasp . 493. it will rain on Sunday. Some say a large number of caterpillars in autumn signifies a cold winter. wet weather. 488. 486. 495. causes a rain.Woodtick . 481. Wasps attempt to enter the house as cold weather approaches. If you kill a spider. If you notice outdoor spiders mending their webs. the end of winter will be cold. all of the cold weather will come in the middle of winter. I don't know what they call them in English --. Cricket . If a yellow stripe runs down the back of the autumnal caterpillar. If you see a tumblebug pushing his dung-ball. If hornets build their nests low. 473. The swarming of bees always occurs just before a storm. when flies begin biting --. . if low. and further. In September more spider webs than usual presages an early winter with cold weather. 480. or loudly at night. 490. Some say a great many spider webs on the grass is a prediction of rain. 471. 483. 452. "The cobwebs are webbing up tight the first week of September this year. Gnats appear in swarms just before warmer weather with rain. but by others this is said to apply only when wasps are numerous in autumn. Kill a cricket and it will rain within three days. the latter part of winter.that is the sign of an open winter. 474.Gnat . winter will be mild. 492. much rain soon. 451.Fly . the first half of winter will be colder than the second half. and if the tail is black. 455. 485. If the autumnal caterpillar is of one color. a hard winter. 459. 489. 467.10 449. Dark-colored caterpillars in the autumn mean a harsh winter and light-colored ones a light winter. 476.Snail .Locust (Cicada) . 456. they are informing you of rain. 472. 466.

rain soon follows. the frog will stay at the bottom of the glass. 544." 544b. you will look through glass (a thin sheet of ice) before spring. Along the river. 515. on its belly. 536. A fish-box is either an open crate built of slats narrowly spaced (something like a rectangular chicken coop) or a solid-board box full of augur holes. 507. "My husband went blackberrying day before yesterday and found a tick. If on raising a fish-box the fish flounder about and beat against the wood. skin it and hang the skin on a fence. He said they have only croaked once this spring and we will have two more killing frosts. If you kill a snake and lay it on its back. that is the sign of a very mild winter. 509. Particularly applied to buffalo and carp while spawning. 540. for fishing-worms on the ground during the autumn indicates an open winter. If worms live near the top of the ground in late autumn or early winter. If you kill any kind of snake. kill a snake and throw it up into the air: if the reptile falls.Blackbird . "One morning on our way to school in the country years ago we found some black snakes.' We did. this was the time when fishermen waded out into the shallow backwater of the river to spear fish with a gig. 537.Bluebird . 526. Frogs croaking during the day are calling for rain. A small frog clinging to the well chain is a rain portent. Eels in greater number than usual during the spring betoken high water. you will look through glass three times (see three more freezes) before summer. and it just poured down before we went home from school. until the lumber becomes water-logged. So he stuck a pin through it and stuck it on a maple tree.or gold fish in a bowl wash their faces or suck air --. rain will fall within twenty-four hours. As a weather divination. the higher the flood stage. it will rain." 505. An exceptional number of toads at one time is followed by rain. rain is at hand. 525. the weather will be wet. If frogs croak long and loudly at night." 532. 519. Fish failing to roll with the first rise of the water in spring indicate a higher stage for the river. 528. you are warned of an early spring. 522. it will soon come. if deep in the ground. high water is denoted. 508. and the ground was just full of worms. and I said. it will rain. Years ago before game laws. 512. 546. it will storm like hell in five hours. especially in the sloughs. A great number of crawfish quitting the water for land is a rain sign. bad weather. 530. A tree toad that trills about ten o'clock at night will bring rain. kill a snake: if it remains on its belly. 513." 523. it will rain before morning."' Crawfish . As soon as you hear the male frog croaking. 506. there will soon be lightning and thunder. If snakes appear before February 1. The tracks of a snake that has zigzagged back and forth across a road signify rain within several days. 'Oh.Toad . so that the fish cannot escape. "If you kill a snake and hang it up on the fence with his belly up.11 504. 524. More snakes than usual during the day is an indication of rain.Blue Jay . If fish swim near the surface of the water --. If you kill a turtle. if it rolls over on its back. 543. it means higher water for the river. before sundown according to some. If you kill a black snake. Snakes in great numbers during the spring foretell a dry summer. Snake tracks in the dust of a road mean rain within twenty-four hours. 538.Frog . and it would rain. kill them and put all their bellies up so it will rain. 'Lady. 516. If you kill a black snake (in dry weather only say some) and hang it up. 529. The catching of an eel warns you of a rise in the river. Bird . skin it and nail the skin to the barn. 548. When we were children. You can divine the weather by filling a glass half-full of water and placing into it a small frog and a little wooden ladder: if it is going to rain. Friday morning. If snakes along the river abandon the water for high ground. rain may be expected soon. If you kill a snake and let it lie on the ground. when one sees snakes on tree limbs over-hanging the water or on partly submerged logs.Fish . 542. One of the things showing the arrival of spring is worm holes in the ground. you can look for rain. This animal is also known as a tree frog or rain frog. 531. and he said. 544a. go out and find all the toad-frogs you can.Turtle . wet. an ordinary pitchfork often being used. my father would say. it will rain soon. if on its back. "I was walking down Tenth Street. If snakes abandon the water. the weather will be fair.Snake (510-548) 510. look at the worms! ' An old German woman was hanging over the fence and said. If a person sees worm holes in the ground or a large number of worms crawling about. You cause a rain by killing a frog or toad. and we hung them up by their tails in a row on the fence. 533. the weather will be fair. it will not rain. is weighted down into the water by a heavy stone to keep the fish alive. and even after them. 517. If fish flop up in the water. because there will be killing frost until they do. good weather is indicated for winter. "The man that brings us whipped cream said he never plants anything until the frogs have croaked three different times. 511. After the first croaking of frogs in spring. As a weather divination. or after falling remains. 520. 541. To have a snake cross your path betokens rain. if the weather is to be fair. Frogs heard in March are an omen of an early spring. says this is a sure sign and always depends on it. A tree toad trilling in a tree is a forecast of rain. To see at anytime or anywhere a stretched-out live snake is a storm warning. it will rain before morning. stick a pin through it and stick it on the side of a wall or tree and it will rain in twenty-four hours. the frog will climb up on the ladder. 535. 547.' If you find a woodtick. 539. and we had a pour-down of rain before twenty-four hours. 'Children. rolling is a lazy undulating motion near the surface of the water. 534. the more the flopping. After the first frog croaks. 514. 527. and each. because eels are caught only before high water. the higher the ground. whenever we had a dry spell.Buzzard (549-572) . 518. you will know that spring is here. the larger the storm. Some add: unless the snake is still belly-up at sunset.rain is signified. 'We need a rain. 521.Eel . Those who live along the banks of the Mississippi say worms coming to the surface of the ground in early spring denote high water for the river." 545.

607. 565. A dove cooing in a tree is a rain omen. 605. 601. 580. after doves have cooed in the spring. On hearing the first bluebird of the season. a rain. a snow. in summer. If a turkey buzzard is sailing through the air. stormy weather. 581. a rain is three days away." 598. 602. As a herald of spring. 583. As soon as blackbirds gather in a cornfield. A meadow lark singing before sunrise means rain that day. When you see a multitude of small birds dusting themselves.Snowbird (Junko) (606-619) 606. rain is signified. Before a snow you will always see a large flock of blackbirds on the ground. 595. a hard winter. A chattering parrot is an indication of rain. they are preparing for a storm within three days. 553. the weather will turn warmer. 572.Wild Duck and Goose . In winter the call of a phoebe informs you of warmer weather. if two old owls holler around midnight!" 597. 569. A bird that flies back and forth in its cage is forecasting a storm. prepare for a warm winter. If birds depart for the South during early September. 575. Meadow Lark . no matter how short the distance. it will storm within twenty-four hours according to some. A bluebird near your house in the morning brings a rain before night. 555. 596. The next day we had a big snowstorm. If wild geese along the river are restive in daytime and clamorous at night. 604.Robin . If you can just about hear the far-off hooting of an owl. 588. 'Look out for a snowstorm!' An owl crying in the day in the late fall is a sign of a snowstorm. Doves that coo constantly and are more restless than usual warn you of rain. If an owl hoots about two o'clock in the afternoon. 578. The calling of a rain crow (the black-billed cuckoo) is followed by a storm. The flight of birds in a southerly direction. Mating among birds in August tells of a late winter. 563. 585. Blue jays just before a storm become excited and cry repeatedly. a snow.Parrot . if low. If quail are hatched as late as September. wet weather.Owl . My husband said. 551. an early winter is betokened. the winter will be long and cold. 561. 591. There will be neither freeze nor frost. it warns you of dry weather. 552. 571. 579. 556. colder weather is coming. they are preparing to go South because winter is at hand. 'I knew we were going to have this big change in the weather. "I was in the shoe-repair shop Monday and a farmer came in and said to another man. when birds remain near the shore. If the caws of crows are remarkably loud and incessant anytime during the day. Quail whistling before two o'clock in the afternoon signify rain. 603. If on their southward migration wild ducks or wild geese fly high. A large flock of crows signifies a change of weather. the weather will soon brighten. 568. it denotes good weather next day. The male blue jay is supposed to have a peculiar but indescribable note which it uses only preceding a storm. in winter. Redbird (Cardinal) . within forty-eight hours according to others. Redbirds seen in winter denote a cold spell or a blizzard.Hawk (573-586) 573. 566. 570. is a signal for falling weather. Spring is ushered in by the first blackbird. Birds eating a great amount of food in the morning mean rain. 550. One flying crow presages a bad storm. 600.Quail (587-605) 587. if down in the timber along a branch or creek. you may look for rain. If a flock of quail crosses your path. 558. Early spring is presaged by a redbird that sings in January. The call of a spring bird late in winter is a token of colder weather. 589. If an owl hoots in the morning. if scarce. for last night two old owls were hollering around my house between midnight and one o'clock. if in late autumn. 593. 559. 584. If a number of owls hoot at the same time in daylight. If wild ducks or wild geese start South in early autumn. If you see a bluebird. an open winter may be predicted. 577. 564. two flying crows presage a mild storm. Three crows are an omen of rain. for it never fails that we don't have a change in weather. If an owl hoots anytime during the day. Birds always oil their feathers just before a rain. . "Just last week we had an owl cry in the day. If a rain crow calls late in the evening. you may make ready for winter. Clear weather is foretold when birds venture far out over the water. 586. wait for the first buzzard. a change of weather will follow. One harbinger of spring is the first appearance of a bluebird. The call of a pewee (phoebe) foretells the nearness of a storm. in winter. it foreshows a late winter with mild weather. Blackbirds flocking together always announce a change of weather: in summer. next day will be rainy. 574. If an owl hoots just at dusk. 560.Phoebe . A buzzard in flight is always a sign of rain. 557. If during the day an owl hoots among trees on high ground or back in the hills. 592. If you hear quail whistle. If birds sing during a rain. 582. expect a rain soon. 554. The cawing of a crow early in the morning foretells fair weather for the day. Crow . 590. a cold winter. If an owl hoots in daytime while sitting on a fence. 594. rain is in the air. a rain. 599. A soaring hawk indicates clear weather. it is going to rain. 562. I told my wife it would be warmer in twenty-four hours. a late winter. rain may be expected.Snipe . rain is near. Caged birds singing in the morning before they are uncovered are a presage of a bright day. 567. 576.12 549.Dove . If quail are numerous in the autumn.

642. 655. Sparrows will collect into large flocks just before the weather turns colder. 647. bad weather. If swallows fly low. 624. 'It will be clear tomorrow. rain will fall before morning. 627. and at midnight. a mild winter. On the night of the fourteenth day my brother came running in and said. 611." 656. If chickens are roosting high. 615. "If chickens roll in the sand. . sing on the ground. if low. 618. 648. The crowing of a rooster before noon indicates a change of weather say some. near nine. 657. it is sure to be a clear day the next day. 634. 617. If chickens after dark sit on a fence and flap their wings. it will be bad. The call of the redbird before rainy weather is variously given: squirt. bad weather. commonly expressed are various times: between seven and eight. it will be a shower only. if they do not seek shelter. foul weather. the darker the bone. Heavy feathers on chickens indicate heavy weather during the winter. If you can see through the breastbone of a freshly killed chicken. 651. 641. if it flies down. Winter is broken by the first cry of the snipe. prophesy a hard winter. "If a hen goes singing to bed. The first swallow is a messenger of spring.Goose (630-679) 630. A storm is approaching when chickens run about flapping their wings. There is an old Indian saying about cliff swallows: if they bore nest holes high in the clay of the bluffs along the river. stormy weather. Rain is at hand. the following day will bring clear weather. colder weather is near. if late. A rooster crowing between roosting-time and midnight presages rain. The singing of chickens in a rain is followed by fine weather. if with ease. squirt and wet. Predict rain when you notice chickens picking up little stones.' And it was a fine day. rain is imminent. Much cackling among hens but no eggs denotes a rain or a storm. the first half of winter will be cold. 650. pretty. If in the autumn the soft end of a young chicken's breastbone is dark. it will soon clear off. A redbird singing early in the spring forecasts cold weather. if difficult. 616. "If a rooster crows in the morning. the rain will soon stop. Sparrows collecting into large flocks mean an early autumn. Watch for a rainy summer and autumn following a spring in which the redbird calls wet year. expect low water. it signifies clear weather. the rain will last all day. Broody hens in January foretell a hot dry summer. unless it chucks just before he hollers whippoorwill. 613. If a redbird flies high. fair weather. 659. It will get up with a wet head. if these holes are low. Chickens refusing to leave the henhouse in the morning warn you of rain. colder weather approaches. 625. it means wet weather. "An old saying of my mother on the farm was: when the whippoorwill hollers. 645. 628. Chickens huddling together outside the henhouse instead of going to roost betoken rain. it will rain the entire day. Snowbirds flying along a fence (years ago this meant the now obsolete rail fence and the almost obsolete osage orange hedge) or near a grove of trees are a sign of colder weather within twenty-four hours. 652. look for a cold winter. If the moulting of chickens starts in the front of their bodies. warmer weather. If a whippoorwill sings at night. "In the year of 1914 we were out in the country and it rained fourteen days straight and we could not get home. wet weather. a severe winter may be prophesied. 654. 640. 635. After the thrush has arrived in the spring. It will rise with a watery head. an open winter. but others say a rooster crowing anytime in the middle of the day indicates a change of weather. wet and wet weather. 653. 609. 632. Rain is on its way when robins do one of three things: hop along the ground. 646. If flying swallows undulate in circles near the ground. and fly close to a house. In winter the weather becomes colder after a rooster has crowed about nine o'clock at night. Sparrow ." 631. If a robin rests on the ground with one wing spread out. if to the left. there will be six more weeks of cold weather. about ten. 626. If chickens fly up on something during a rain and preen their feathers . the second half of winter will be cold. If it is raining in the morning and chickens refuse to leave the henhouse. wet weather. 610. rain is near. "If a cock goes crowing to bed. 658. if at the rear of their bodies. wet year." 643. 637.Duck .Swallow . Chickens standing with their tails to the wind are an omen of rain. around eight. that means rain. If chickens seek shelter at the beginning of a rain. if high. if you cannot. 660. clear weather is indicated. 638. within this period. If at the beginning of each flight a redbird flies up. if low. sign of dry weather. If chickens moult in August. 649. If sparrows mate in March. 644. expect high water that year. good weather will follow. but. Spring arrives with the first robin. 636. If a redbird near your house calls incessantly. If high roosts in winter are sought by chickens. if they leave the henhouse. " 629. If during fair weather chickens begin to huddle together or search for sheltered places. the colder the winter. If in the autumn the lining of a chicken gizzard is removed with difficulty. 619. 614. the weather next day will be good. If chickens go to roost early. 639. 622. " Chicken . frosts are finished. it is calling for rain.Crowing Rooster . 623. If while watching a redbird it flies away to the right.13 608. for there is a whippoorwill singing out in the tree.Whippoorwill (620-629) 620. If at anytime during the year a chicken gizzard is easy to clean. The call of the redbird before fair weather is pretty.Thrush . 633. it betokens good weather. if in October. 621. 617a. The crowing of a rooster about four o'clock in the morning is a storm token. expect rain within twenty-four hours. 612.

To have guineas cry endlessly is a presage of rain. 696. If the breastbone of a November goose is thick. It is an omen of rain. if low. 685. A loud and ceaseless squeaking among bats while they search for a refuge (an indoor refuge particularly) warns you of rain. 668. when a cat sneezes while its head rests on the floor. it foretells fair weather. 669. You will always see turkeys hopping up and down before a rain. a rain is not far away. If a duck flaps its wings continually. If a rooster crows while on the ground. 689. a long winter is denoted. wet weather. 700. not cold at all. 672. 666. 704. 671. 690. if thin. if they stop in the middle of the roost. If in autumn a goose has a white breastbone. a rooster crowing before sunset tells you the weather tomorrow will be the same. If a rooster crows on a rainy night. the weather will change within twenty-four hours. If peacocks run about in confusion while crying. if downwards. a change of weather. dry weather. a rain will arrive soon. 663. good weather is betokened. If while standing on a post a guinea endlessly cries poor trash. 677. the weather will become colder. 670. rainy weather." 674. It is a sailor's delight. look for rain. 664. Unquiet geese portend rain. not very cold. 694. 684. 712. 699. If a cat scrubs its bottom along the floor.14 It is a sailor's warning. if a dark breastbone.Pigeon . 676. 695. Late in the winter an extraordinary amount of crying by peacocks shows that cold weather has ended. If a rooster crows early in the morning while sitting upon a fence. clear weather is at hand. As soon as you see the hair of a cat bristling without cause. after we were asleep. A cat that sleeps with its head low is presaging a rain. 667.Beaver . If a cat washes its face. If a cat while washing itself licks upwards." 661. If a cat is sitting in the sun and licking the bottom of a front paw. 707. 706. 669a. 686. it will be cold. 705. Beavers in autumn build a large lodge for a cold winter or a small lodge for a mild winter. 701. 697. If a sleeping cat lies in front of a fire and has its nose turned upward. If a cat washes itself in snow. fair weather either will appear soon or continue. wet weather soon follows. 692. If a cat washes itself. If a cat licks against the fur instead of with the fur. If he crows at night. that snow will vanish within twenty. The cry of a peacock portends rain. and if they remain on the ground. 682. Guineas crying in the afternoon signify rain. 702. 675. Guinea . Bat .Dog (693-752) 693. 717. If geese raise up and flap their wings while swimming. If a cat washes about the ears. falling weather. 'What is wrong?' She said. or above the ears. 691. it will soon storm. 714. 703. it betokens bad weather.Bear . 698. a cold winter. 709. "I was staying at a woman's house about thirty years ago and the geese roosted under the house. 710. About twelve o'clock one night. 711.Cow . An exceedingly loud quacking among ducks is a forecast of rain. a fair afternoon can be expected. we are just going to have a big storm. or back of the ears. take precautions for a bad windstorm. 708. If a rooster in February stands on a cow-manure pile and crows. a misty rain say others. if while off the ground. an ordinary rain say some. colder weather is signified. Irrespective of the weather today. Pigeons returning slowly to their loft are an indication of rain. If a cat washes its entire face. a thin winter. 715. if a short breastbone. we will have a mild winter.Peacock . sure sign of a big storm.' And we did get it in the morning. The rolling of a cat outdoors in the sun is a sign of rain. 716. Bats searching for a refuge are a portent of rain. 687. 713. If you find a long breastbone in an autumnal goose. If a rooster anytime during the day jumps up on a fence or gatepost and crows. all the geese went to hollering and making such a noise I said. A peacock always struts just before a rain.Turkey (680-692) 680. 673. If pigeons fly high. 679. When the geese take on like that after night at twelve o'clock. You are warned of rain by a rooster crowing on the roof of your house. a rain is foretold. a rain is indicated. nice weather. A rain during which a rooster crows never lasts long. Inspect your geese after they have gone to roost and the direction toward which their heads are pointed will be the quarter of the wind next day. If a cat sits with its back or tail to the fire. Another interpretation of sneezing by a cat is a fog followed by rain. 678. there will be rain before dark. 'Oh. A cat basking in a February sun will hug the stove in March. 665. 688. rain may be predicted. if low. To have a cat sneeze and then wipe behind its ears means rain. If a goose after it has dusted itself gets up and flaps its wings. nothing. 681. a short winter. rain may be forecasted. After a rooster crows on a rainy morning. Prepare for a long dry spell after a rooster crows while it is raining.Cat . if on the lower limbs. Bears in autumn provide against a cold winter by storing up more than the customary amount of food. rain is in the air. A cat lying on its back is rain omen. There will be a change of weather after pigeons become fitful and coo without ceasing. expect a thick winter. look for good weather next day. it will rain before breakfast. if on a clear night. If turkeys in winter climb to the highest perch. anytime that day according to some. If bats are flitting high. rain will come from the direction towards which the paw moves. it is a sign of foul weather.four hours. 662. One interpretation of sneezing by a cat is a rain. 683. . If turkeys roost in the top of a tree.

'You can put your wash out by eleven o'clock --. 760. "I know one morning our neighbor was fussing. . seven weeks of rain are foreshadowed. if the large part of the milt lies toward the head. Look for the approach of winter after hogs in autumn pull hay or straw from a stack and begin making beds. Watch for rain. 765. 734. A dog that becomes sportive and darts about all day is foretelling a windstorm. 751. 719. 738. 721. if a dog sits on his tail. 723. prepare for stormy weather. When you see cattle sniffing the air and crowding together with their heads away from the wind.Hog . or eight weeks. the worst part of winter is to come. 764 If hogs are slaughtered in early winter and the small part of the milt lies toward the head. if in winter. it denotes high water. Hogs in autumn constantly looking to the north signify the nearness of winter. 737.Horse and Mule (753-777) 753. if the large part of the milt lies toward the head. 747. a storm within twenty-four hours is indicated. 730.' And when eleven o'clock came she was hanging up her wash. High winds are indicated. if he does not see his shadow. 749. 727. it will rain soon. A horse rolling on the ground foretells a change of weather or a storm. 733. Dogs shedding their hair in autumn is a sign of an open winter. 771. a snow. say some. 739. Considerable lowing among cattle forecasts rain. It's the sign that rain is very near. the worst part of winter is over. Ground Hog (Woodchuck) . 763. a warm winter. If a ground-hog sees his shadow on February 2. If a ground-hog sees his shadow on February 2. Falling weather is imminent when cattle become capricious and fight each other. it indicates a windstorm. If hogs in autumn pick up dried weeds and shake them. 755. 752. Horses running with their backs to the wind denote a storm. cold weather is approaching. At times one hears this belief differently expressed: if the milt of hogs slaughtered in autumn ends in a blunt point. I said. To see a dog lying in a draught is a sign of warmer weather. you may predict a rain. rain is in the air. a hard winter. 728. if the milt tapers to a point. 722. 720. Cows remaining near the stable in November warn you of a hard winter. 767. 750. If hogs are slaughtered in autumn and the small part of the milt lies toward the head of the carcass. "When a cow tries to scratch her ear. or six weeks. Horses become fidgety just before a windstorm. 743. After hogs run here and there squealing. 768." 741. if the lungs are streaked. Horses are unusually frolicsome for several days preceding a storm. 757. Stepping on a dog's tail will cause a rain. look for a stormy winter. Horses staying close together in a corner of the pasture or under a tree with their backs to the wind denote rain --. moreover. before night according to others. After horses have stretched out their necks and sniffed the air. If a cow kicks backwards while being milked in the morning. 769. the earlier in the day the chewing. After a dog rolling on the ground has turned over three times. 772. Calves romping about in a playful mood mean a change of weather. The four-week period is rare . before noon according to some.for our dog was washing hisself this morning before seven o'clock. 740. 746. it signifies rain. They say this belief came from the Indians. The huddling of cows --. a mild winter may be prophesied.15 718. If a cow raises her tail over her back and runs. 754." 726. A cat and dog getting along well together is a storm warning. If a ground-hog sees his shadow on February 2. If a dog howls and looks down to the ground. If a dog while eating grass changes his position frequently. if you can smell a dog's skin.when first let out to graze. Look for falling weather after hogs rush about holding cornstalks or sticks or straw in their mouths. if much food. a rain is foretold. the storm will come from the direction toward which his nose points. 742. look for a change of weather.often before night. it is the sign of an open winter. If a cat chews grass. 735. If a dog howls while company is leaving your house. you are warned of a light winter. 758. A mule rolling on the ground at mid-day foretells a storm before night. According to some: if the grass is chewed before noon. The significance of a cow thumping her ribs with her tail is rain. after a cat becoming frisky dashes about wildly or climbs trees. 748. spring is very near. four weeks. 724. or stretch out their necks and sniff. Rain always falls soon after a cat gets into the house. If a dog lies on his back with feet up in the air. 729. 731. Milt is usually called melt and rarely spleen. 766.if it is raining and a dog washes itself before seven. If cows refuse to go to the pasture when they are loosed in the morning. or raise their heads and look up into the air. If cows sniff. A dog chewing or chasing his tail presages rain. 725. a rain approaches. a severe winter. 745. 756.is an indication of a storm. If you slaughter hogs early in the autumn and the lungs are clear. at any time during the day. 749a. If you see a dog eating grass. say others --. who had an identical belief about buffaloes. it will clear by eleven --. the sooner the rain. expect a storm. If near a river you observe a cat moving her kittens to higher ground. 732. Cows lying down in the barnyard or pasture during the morning foretell rain before night. If a ground-hog lays aside little food in the autumn. 744. If a dog howls at the moon in summer. a cold winter. 770. 761. If horses or mules gallop about playfully for some days. we will have a rain. rain may be expected. 759. A cold winter is revealed by cattle staying close together in the autumn. An unexpected returning of cows from the pasture portends a rainstorm in summer or a snowstorm in winter. there will be a storm. 762. Rain is denoted by a dog rolling on his back. 736. spring is at a distance. It is going to rain. a storm is brewing. the rain will arrive during the night. it foreshadows rain for the seven following Sundays. it means a cold winter.

775. 783. An exceptional scampering about by mice will be followed by rain. A skunk nest deep in the ground forecasts a harsh winter with deep snows. As soon as the muskrat starts to build its house. the animal is burrowing deeper to escape dry weather. If sheep wool is heavy. A muskrat building away from the water denotes a flood. rain is not far away. 802. settled weather. 792.Squirrel . Baby squirrels found in open nests during the latter part of February betoken an early spring." 819. "Curls that kink and cords that bind." 787. 790.Nose .Gate . You can foretell a rain by the joints or bones of your body becoming stiff or paining.Stomach (808-821) 808. 810. The hair of horses becomes curly and rough just before a rain. a cold spell may be predicted. if you don't find any prints. if under the fallen leaves or near the surface of the ground. If in summer a mule refuses to eat or drink. After sheep turn their backs to the wind. 812. 815. 801. 798. 780. 781. a cold winter. If in late winter horses begin to shed their hair. the weather is turning colder.Rabbit . This is also said about the heaviness or lightness of all animal fur. colder weather." 811. An itching on the sole of your foot signifies rain in summer and snow in winter. Sheep .Window (822-829) . 807.Raccoon and Opossum (778-794) 778. To hear more clearly than usual the tread of horse hooves on the road is a warning of rain. Broken bones ache before a rain. If squirrels bury their nuts deep in the ground. If a mole burrows deeply and therefore casts up a high mound. 788. if the muskrat build their houses high. It is a token of a cold winter when field mice store a large quantity of corn in their burrows. warmer weather is signified. "When I was a boy. Sheep leaving the pasture and seeking the fold foretell a storm. "I know we will have a very cold January and February this year because the squirrels built their nests real large and very deep this fall. After it snows.Hair . a drought may be expected. so he would know if we were going to have lots of snow and a cold winter. If muskrats build houses in shallow water. As a rule squirrels hoard nuts in the autumn.Floor . 786. "We are going to have deep snows this winter because all along the rivers and creeks the muskrats are building their houses two stories high.Ear . if a large quantity. If while on a hunt during the winter you find rabbits in the open fields. You will never see a muskrat cutting corn stalks and carrying them underground. " 794. Some say the water will rise just up to the entrance of the house and no further. Mouse . and stands looking over the barnyard or pasture gate with his head toward the house. If in winter your toes are burning. 784. You can always tell by the first snow. 800. 817." 809. if they do not shed any hair. 796. if in deep water. 793. 'Where do we get the rains?' A boy got up and said. If a muskrat nest is deep in the ground. The same thing is said of rheumatic pains. expect a harsh winter. Human: Bone . spring will arrive early. it rains'. If squirrels are active or chase each other up and down trees. Painful corns mean rain or a thunderstorm. a German teacher (in a Quincy parochial school) asked. 814. Sign of rain and heavy wind.Skunk (Polecat) . 805. predict a severe winter. spring will be delayed. There will be a change of weather after your head has itched. Sheep crowd together near a fence before a storm. If your heel itches. 799. it warns you of unsettled weather. The gathering of nuts by squirrels is followed by bad weather. 'From grandma's bones because every time grandma's bones ache. 816. If your dogs chase out of a brush pile a rabbit which circles round and finally returns to the same hiding-place. 806. 813. 805a. "My grandpa after the first snow would always go out to see if he could find 'coon or 'possum footprints. a warm winter. 821. When your feet hurt. 804. 797. there will be an open winter. The cry of the weasel will bring rain. an open winter.Door . A ringing in your ear is a rain sign. a snowstorm is approaching. a mild winter.Mole . If the squirrel has hoarded a small quantity of nuts. 820. 782. but you will see them also hoarding grain before a hard winter. 779. 777.Head . The first raccoon tracks show that winter has ended. we will not have much snow or cold weather.Muskrat . 818.Weasel (795-807) 795. a rain is at hand. sign of a warm January and February. a bitter winter. If horses in the stable are sweating and switching their tails. Chimney . Thin raccoons in autumn indicate a mild winter and fat ones a hard winter. an early autumn is forecasted. When they build small ones and not deep. if light.16 773. if in brush piles only. cold weather is on its way. go out and see if you can find 'coon or 'possum footprints: if you find them. and that is a sure sign of a lot of deep snows for winter. snow may be expected. 789. 785. I always feel lazy the day before. 774. 791. If the mound of a mole-run is higher than usual. unless a hard winter is coming. if we will have a hard winter. if they are inactive. Built by the muskrat in autumn a small house reveals a mild winter and a large one a bitter winter. A mole coming to the top of the ground in winter discloses an early spring. If frostbitten feet itch. 803. Your nose itching three times within an hour is an indication of rain within twenty-four hours. A skunk odor in the air is a rain omen. 776. a cold winter is presaged. it betokens a warm winter. if near the surface of the ground. "I can always tell when it's going to rain. An uneasy stomach always tells you of an advancing storm.Feet . it will rain soon. look for a good cold winter.

850. The carpet on the floor has a dampish feeling before a rain. 846. It will rain after you burn brush. 858. Preparation for rain scares it away. 851.Moving Day . If you drop a fork. A fire failing to burn presages a change of weather. 861. 854. 862. 835. A clothesline becoming taut foretells rain. If a lamp or a lantern has an unceasing flicker or sputter. Moisture on the windows at dawn indicates cold weather in winter and fair weather in summer.Soot (841-852) 841. Prepare for stormy weather after a camphor bottle grows cloudy or the camphor rises in the bottle. and they lie crossing each other. Firelight reflected on the woodwork of a room is a warning of cold weather.Chair .Camphor Bottle . 856. Fair weather will continue or come. it denotes rain in summer and snow in winter. Salt becoming damp and lumpy in the saltcellar is a sign of rain. it will turn colder. If you eat in a water-closet. 857. Flying Kite . A rain is scared away or stopped by turning upside down all buckets and similar receptacles in the yard.Waterpipe (838-840) 838. 865. 873. Moving-day is always a rainy day. If water pipes start to sweat. it is going to storm.Lamp or Lantern . . a storm may be expected. and the stove itself cracks. If windows stick to the frames. 842. 840. and the latter lies across the former. Rattling windows are a token of a change in the weather.Washcloth or Sponge . Food . If a wash rag or a sponge does not dry out rapidly after it has been used. Iron Objects . wheezing. If the wind sweeps down the chimney.is a presage of rain. As soon as an oiled floor begins to sweat.Clothesline (830-833) 830. cold weather will soon follow. If you start to fly a kite and it soars straight up into the air at once. You may expect rain. 866. rain in summer and snow in winter. coals or embers pop out of the fireplace or stove. if during the winter a wood fire flutters or sighs. a rain is betokened. Either to spill salt at the table or to drop it on the ground betokens rain. If on lifting up a stovelid the soot on the bottom burns off. If during the summer a wood fire simmers. rain may be forecasted. 831. if the stovelid turns red immediately after a fire has been started. 872. 864. The stove or any iron object rusting overnight during fair weather portends rain. By the sweating of a teakettle you are warned of rain. If a gate opens and slams incessantly. 860.Kettle . 823. then a spoon. the weather will soon change. 871. it will rain.Preventing Rain (869-873) 869. if it falls and clings to the ground. sizzles and spits. Teakettle water evaporates quicker than usual just before a rain. If soot drops to the ground or back down the chimney. 863. 829. If all the food at the table is consumed or none of it is wasted. Smoke going down a stream will be followed by rain. If smoke rises into the air. A change of weather is indicated. Fire . 849. 825. 859. Carpet . 844.a water pitcher in particular --. Milk or cream souring in the night means a thunderstorm next day. If food dries quickly while being cooked. and drawing badly. Sparks of fire on the bottom of the teakettle denote rain. rain is in the air. 848.Pipe (834-837) 834. 826. but if the kite flies to one side or goes into a tailspin. rain is at hand. becoming hot and sticky.Tobacco . If a knife is dropped. Glassware . the weather will remain clear. 827. 852.17 822.Picnic .Drinking (853-866) 853. 855. Chimney smoke clinging to the ground in the morning brings a storm before night. 837. To keep shutting and opening a gate will bring rain. rain will soon appear. 845. Burning Brush . 833. cold weather is denoted.Cooking .Eating . A singing chimney is warning you of a change in the weather. the weather next day will be fair.Shutting and Opening Gate (867-868) 867.Smoke . 832. To take the last piece of bread on the plate is an omen of rain. beans and potatoes especially. 847. 870. If coffee bubbles cling to the side of the cup instead of floating at the center. if smoke pours in white clouds from a railroad engine. a rain is impending. 824. What a fire may do before a snow is variously described: crackles. in this way you can keep rain away. 868. we will have clear weather. 836. A door sticking to the jamb means rain. A person dropping a piece of buttered bread that falls upside down on the floor is a sign of rain. if one or more of the following things happens while you are smoking: your pipe smelling stronger than usual. Chairs creaking louder than usual signify rain. 843. you will know that a rain is imminent. To have smoke puff from a stovepipe into the room is a forecast of snow. Never plan a picnic until the very day you want it. then a fork. A singing teakettle will warn you of rain. The sweating of glassware --. 828. 839. rain is coming in summer and snow in winter. look for rain in summer and snow in winter.

"My aunt always would put an egg. "A woman would always take a stick of wood. The Lord killed him [the section-boss] because he cursed all the time. And this is another story that happened the year I was living with my mother at Pearl.Telephone . Sometimes. He was so mad he got up and curse and said. 875. and was a better man. for I was living with my mother there because my husband was out of work. 899. If the weather on New Year's Day is so mild that a turtledove coos. A home may be protected during a storm by throwing an ax out into the yard. Stop your swing with your feet and there will be rain soon. cursing the lightning." 904. I wanted to know what they were for.Shoes Squeaking . a storm is approaching. 893. a rain may be predicted. The replacing of a telephone receiver upside down on its hook signifies rain.18 Singing in Bath .Umbrella (874-878) 874. 'Rain on me for a while. proves the rule: if any object has been hit twice. "I remember when I was a little girl I went to a Low-Dutchman's house and he had a horseshoe on a rope hanging from all four corners of his house. July 4 is always rainy. This time he didn't get up for a long time. The person who counts ten between a flash of lightning and a peal of thunder will never be hit.Baby Carriage . cursing the rain and storm. The safest place to be during a storm is near a spot once struck by lightning. however. "This is an old saying --. 902.ammunition . rain is on its way. if the person is large. Kicking up Rug . you may expect a good harvest that year. Rain and sunshine together in February means a bountiful harvest for the year. As soon as you have finished washing and polishing your automobile a rain will arrive. He was so mad that he went out in the rain. the head of an ax is struck down into the ground and left there. "Fourteen years ago a section-boss was fixing a railroad track down near Pearl. said he would never curse God or the lightning again. Do not wash windows on moving-day. because his men could not get the track done. Wear your suspenders twisted during a storm and lightning will not strike you. your house will be safer. so the lightning would not strike the house. and this is so. If the weather is fair on the night of January 1. mineral will be found there just beneath the surface of the ground. it never strikes the same thing twice. There was an old man.' While he was standing out in the rain. As a protection against lightning. If you burn blessed candles while it is storming. If you see many women pushing baby-buggies. Carry an umbrella on a cloudy day and you will scare rain away. he will be struck by lightning. 883. an excellent crop year is indicated.Person Falling (879-881) 879. One exception. Women on Street . If your shoes squeak as you walk. To sing in your bathroom is an indication of rain. a small storm. A thick coating of ice on the trees in February is a sign of a large fruit crop. If a man sits on a fence and curses. And he said. 898. 'My father back in Germany did that to keep the lightning from striking the house and that is why I am doing it'. a rain is foretold. 876." 906. if during a storm you wear your belt twisted. got mad because his son went out in the rain. and when he did get up. 909. and stick this stick of wood in the fire and let it get to burning." INFLUENCE OF WEATHER ON CROPS (908-948) 908. 897. then take this burning stick out in the yard and hold it up over her head. Fireworks . 887. when she would see a storm coming. Watch for rain after somebody opens an umbrella in the house. 885. 878. He started to running up and down the track cursing his men and the rain. 911. it reveals the coming year as one of abundance. that was layed on Easter. 905. make an apron on Sunday and just before a storm hang it against the outside of the house. 892.I have heard my father say. Your house can be protected against lightning. Clothes not taking starch on washing-day is a portent of rain. 896.Battle during War (888-889) 888. 'Knock me down again. 912. in the top of the house on a rafter. little end pointing east. A piece of blessed palm burned in the stove on Palm Sunday protects your house all year against lightning. 894. a large storm. 886. 889.' The lightning hit close again and did knock him down again. during a storm a spade may be thrown out into the yard. 910. to turn the storm away. If water drips from the eaves of a house on New Year's Day. Illinois. This is so. 884. PROTECTION AGAINST LIGHTNING (890-907) 890. 880. because so much ammunition and fireworks is shot off in the air. and also to divide the storm in a similar manner. You will not be struck by lightning. and said. 903. If a person falls down while walking. It always rains after windows have been washed. Protect your house during a storm by burning palm branches blessed on Palm Sunday. take off a rail and turn it up. it hit some tree close by and it knocked him down. And the lightning struck him stone dead. If in walking about the house you accidentally kick up a carpet or a rug several times. if a storm: go out to the rail fence.Stopping Swing . it means a storm.I am eighty-six year' old and was born in this house and lived here all my life --. the final number will indicate how many miles distant the bolt struck. and seen him do it. it will surely rain. if the person is small. 877. Illinois. 900.Washing and Cleaning (882-887) 882. . if you throw your scissors out into the yard during a storm. To protect your home against lightning. 891. If you count as fast as possible between a flash of lightning and a peal of thunder. that lived on the Illinois River. A battle in wartimes always creates a thunderstorm." 901. and swing it around three times to make the storm go around. 881." 907. and it started to storming. If you see many women walking on the street. this supposedly cuts the storm in half so that it will pass on each side of the house. 895.

918. 942. The person who leaves an unfinished row when planting will be unsuccessful with whatever has been planted. If you spread manure over the ground during the light of the moon. if daring the dark of the moon. 927. 915. Cellars are filled and cattle fattened by a cold wet April. A farmer can rely upon a cool dark May giving him full crops. a large harvest. 925. 946. 939. he would go home and plant. A fertile year is foretold by violent north winds in February. 936. and as one I have often met. look for a fine crop year. December sleet foretells a splendid crop of peaches. If the first snow falls on soft ground. Heavy snows in winter signify a heavy crop of wheat. we will have a small harvest. 965. If the ground-hog sees its shadow on February 2. A Good Friday rain is worthless. We often went out to South Park when we didn't want to go to the country. no fruit that year. An unfavorable time for planting anything is the thirty-first of the month. 932." 922. Early thunderstorms bring wonderful crops. They say blackberry frost when blackberries are first in full bloom. Next year a man living near him planted seed and said God damn the seed. the fruit that year will not be wormy. 952. On June 2 a rain signifies a poor crop of blackberries. That year he did not get any crop. A cold wet June practically spoils the whole year. There will not be any grapes the year it rains on Easter. You will not be successful with plant slips unless you steal them. 919. 920. If it thunders both in February and March.19 913. A wet cold April will fill the wine kegs in the cellar. If you can wet a handkerchief with rain on Easter. no corn at all. that people believe in the planting hand. 914. "I call it a real example of superstition and set it down as such. 943. 916. Ice remaining long on the trees in winter is an indication of a good fruit year. 938. 931. 963. the power to make things grow. 964. corn in particular. crops will be abundant --. 962. Plant seed as soon as the soil has been prepared or you will not have much success with them. for the year according to others. if on hard ground. and if not. Manure can be made a more effective fertilizer by spreading it on the ground before eleven o'clock in the morning. A wet spring. And the neighbor reaped a large harvest. 924. Thunder and lightning in March denote much fruit and plenty of grain. To make anything grow. It is unlucky to gather anything out of the garden after dark. it will sink down into the soil and decompose. Anything planted in the Name of God will flourish. Do not expect any peaches during the year in which thunder is heard on February 12. PLANTS (949-1329) FARM AND GARDEN RULES (949-966) 949. 941. 933. there will be fine peaches that year. 951. 923. 953. "Winter's thunder. 959. because it makes a good blackberry crop. The plant from which a person steals slips will soon die. it will either dry up and blow away or fail to decompose. everything she planted would grow. A dry June. much corn. Everything planted by a pregnant woman does well. old and young will be hungry. my husband would go to the woods to look for the whiteoak trees: if in buds. If the wind blows from the south on Christmas. there will be much fruit that year. A great quantity of ice between Christmas and New Year's Day is a sign of an abundant crop of fruit. a wet June. Some persons are supposed to have a mystic gift like second sight. 935." 961. If on New Year's Eve the wind shakes fruit-tree branches well. . 930. 955." 956. If there is thunder and lightning before leaves appear on the trees. 926. A man said his wife's grandmother had a green hand. The sign of the knee (knees = Capricornus) is a bad time for gathering a crop. spit into the hole that has been dug for it. Never thank anyone for a plant or seed." 940. Sunshine on February 2 fills the barns and cellars. because there will be either no more frost or not enough frost to kill. Look for a good crop year. "Every spring when we were not sure if we could plant anything. Grapes are ruined by rain on July 4. March winds and April rains bestow great blessings in May according to some. and covering it with leaves on the seventh day.especially fruit crops. a heavy wheat crop. 944. will follow a November thunder. Snow on Christmas indicates fruit in profusion. The name blackberry winter is given to cold weather in May. An excellent crop year. 937. 917. "If walnuts fall faster than squirrels can store them away. 950. Sleet in February is followed by a fine apple crop. 928. 929. 934. 939a. neither plant nor seed will thrive. 947. if Christmas comes during the increase of the moon. look for a big wheat crop next year. 921. 954. if the branches are not shaken. 958. a well-stocked cellar. 966. letting it lie six days. Put manure on the ground in March daring the dark of the moon and the soil will be enriched. Many years ago during pioneer days a settler near what is now a small town in the county planted his seed by saying God bless the seed. 948. Rain on May 1 ruins blackberries. 957. Summer's wonder. A wet April. he would wait until he would see buds. 945. 960.

Either the discovery or the plucking of a five-leafed clover causes bad luck. 976. So I think four-leafed clovers very unlucky. there will be no crop the second year or thereafter. and looking down we found seven four-leafed clovers. The finding of a four-leafed clover is the sign of receiving or inheriting money. the number of seed left on the stalks will tell you the time of day. I had worked at this place four years. 993.20 CLOVER . but misfortune will overtake the final receiver of the gift. flowers. the blossoms will be more beautiful. "Thirty years ago my son-in-law and I were walking through the grape arbor. To forestall weeds and to secure the grassiest lawn or meadow possible. You can kill weeds by cutting them on May 21. cut them on June 27. you must find it by chance to be lucky. A six-leafed clover is twice as lucky as a four-leafed clover. 978. Pansies to be beautiful and to grow tall should be set out or the seed should be sown in the morning at six o'clock and thereafter always watered at that time. Whoever mows grass on the light of the moon will soon be mowing it again. To be lucky with a four-leafed clover. . The person who discovers or picks a five-leafed clover will soon be disappointed. If in each hand you hold a seed-bearing grass stall. Never pull off a four-leafed clover in May. I was very glad finding the four-leaf clover. the picking of a four-leafed clover means good luck. 987. And cursed is the hand that plucketh it. 986. 982. I don't believe it does. but the recipient of your gift becomes lucky. Further. the better." 974. 983." 973. 1002. For most persons. If you pick a four-leafed clover. they will not come up again. a greater number of the seed will sprout. it will bring misfortune. 1015. Choose the dark of the moon under the sign of Leo as the proper time to mow grass so that it will not grow so fast. "Blessed is the eye that seeth a four-leafed clover.flowers of a vining variety will have longer vines. 980. then place the seedy heads so that they cross inside your mouth. 1008. 989. when this sign is called fingers --. on the light of the moon. To search for a four-leafed clover is unlucky. 991. 999. Your four-leafed-clover luck lasts only so long as the clover remains in your shoe. the leaf must be pulled off and thrown away. 994. To avoid bad luck after a five-leafed clover is discovered. You become lucky by pulling off a five-leafed clover. especially house plants. The best time for sowing clover is a no-moon day --. A farmer who sows the seed in the sign of Cancer will obtain clover able to withstand the coldest winter. As a general principle. 1006. a scanty crop. the earlier. It causes bad luck to let weeds grow near your house. 1010. 975. FLOWERS (1012-1082) 1012. who in turn will have good luck after the leaf is given to someone else. Let the finder of a four-leafed clover press it in a Bible and good luck will follow. it will bring you good luck. 970. 997. 971. On Monday afternoon my son-in-law went fishing with three other men and they all got drowned in the river. To destroy thistles. Bad luck that comes from a five-leafed clover can be avoided by giving the leaf away. this rite was primarily a practical joke played by older children against their younger companions. 988. A four-leafed clover gathered on the first of May brings you good luck. 1005. The person who finds a four-bladed piece of grass will soon find something of value. the later.WEEDS (967-1011) 967. flowers having tubers. it denotes sickness. you must pull off the leaf and throw it over your left shoulder. 22 and 23. money will come to you. 1011. so I don't think four-leaf clover are lucky any more. As an avoidance of bad luck caused by discovering a five-leafed clover. 981. Good luck can be had by plucking a four-leafed clover and keeping it over the door. 977. 996. if you would sow your seeds on a windy day. The meaning of a six-leafed clover is money soon. told my girl friend would have some luck soon. You can obtain excellent results by planting vines in the sign of Cancer. the seed should be sown during the light of the moon. the better. you will lose your luck.GRASS . another will grow in its place. and the plants will thrive twice as well. the left say some. 1007. bad. for grass is best mowed on the dark of the moon. provided you do not lose the leaf. It is said of flowers planted in the sign of the Twins (Gemini): all of them will bloom. Always pick up a piece of nettle or branch from any thorny plant pointing toward you. 1001. 1013. If you tell anybody about your finding a four-leafed clover. the purpose being to leave a large quantity of seed in the victim's mouth. Clover sown on the dark of the moon will produce a heavy crop. 1009. But sometimes. Prepare for a journey after you discover a five-leafed clover.the twenty-four hour period between the changes of the moon. Do not preserve a five-leafed clover. The good luck I had when I got to work I was layed off. 984. The sign of the heart (Leo) is the best time to get rid of weeds. and jerk the stalks outwards between your clinched teeth. 972. 968.either a part of or a substitute for the sign arms (Gemini) --. 985. 1014. Always pluck a four-leafed clover and keep it pressed in a book for luck. A person finding a four-leafed clover must wear it to be lucky. my son-in-law taking four home and I three. 995. provided you give it to another person. 1003. are planted in the morning. the right say others. We picked them." 998. for a few. Several mornings ago I was on my way to work. 992. Whoever finds a four-leafed clover will soon find something else. A farmer who cuts weeds on the first day of dog days will not be bothered by them again that season. 1000. As a matter of fact. I found three four leaf clover on my way. "Years ago they would say the grass would get a better stand. "They say a four-leaf clover brings you good luck. If you sow clover during the light of the moon. If weeds are cut during the dark of the moon. 1004. Weeds cut during the first three days of June stop growing. If you wear a four-leafed clover in your shoe. This was Sunday afternoon. it mast be worn in your shoe. 990. 979. such as dahlias and tulips. 969. are planted in the afternoon. The following Tuesday my husband died. Jimson weeds in the yard are lucky.

May flowers taken into the house cause bad luck. 1026. it means a poor-crop year. if planted during the sign of the lady with a jug in her hand (Aquarius). If in the spring someone gives you a flowering plant and you plant it and it blooms that season. 1050. and the next year my hop vine was full on both sides. A gardener obtains large beautiful flowers. you like butter. 1025. particularly cut ones. The person who is given a bouquet of yellow flowers will soon receive unexpected money. Similarly. but occasionally this sign. flowers planted while the moon decreases either will not do so well or will fail to flower. Plant sweet peas on St. 1066. 1056. If you rub a dandelion against the bottom of your chin and yellow adheres to the skin. the number of seed left tells you the time of day. flowering-plants being transplanted and vines also set out at this time. 1051. 1020. 1032. you will have good luck. 1037. it will be the best time to plant flowers. in the sickroom. 1043. 1039. 1017. Patrick's Day before sunrise and you will always have Success with them. flowers planted in this sign will "be like locked bowels and not open up. have lovelier blossoms say others. 1041. the plants must be slipped in the dark of the moon. Never plant flowers on Sunday. a good-crop year. 1072. play may be continued." Also. It is unlucky to keep cut flowers or autumnal leaves in the house after they have wilted or faded. but according to others. and planted at this time. It is considered lucky to keep a living plant in your bedroom at night. The water rinsed from the first diaper of a newborn baby is good for watering flowers. Sweet peas planted on St. Shake flower plants while there is a rainbow and when they bloom the blossoms will be speckled with different colors. 1034. 1065. 1055. 1071. flowers are planted for plenty of blossoms. If you plant flowers during the full moon. 1059. the plants will never grow. he dislikes butter. A child when playing out of calling-range can by blowing a dandelion seed-ball discover whether or not he should return home: if all the seed fall off. Tuberous flowers do well. when this sign is called flower girl (Virgo). 1073. 1061. If a buttercup held beneath your chin casts a reflection against the skin. 1049. 1045. 1018. if many. 1060.the tubers become water-logged and rot before germinating. 1019. If somebody gives you a flower slip. It is unlucky to have ivy growing in the house. If you blow a dandelion seed-ball with one strong breath. No flower planted by a menstruating woman will ever amount to much.either a part of or a substitute for the sign arms (Gemini). expect magnificent blossoms and double the usual quantity. Good Friday is a suitable planting-time for sweet peas. they will soon fall off and the plant will not bloom. "I always do this to get pretty flowers and plenty of bloom. if the seed are planted in the early morning and the plants always watered at this time. Glorious roses are procured by setting out the plants on May 25. 1052. 1047. Always plant dahlias on the last week of May late in the afternoon when the moon is dark to be successful with them. a bridal-wreath bush flowering out of season is an omen of misfortune. that person has a taste for butter. If lilac blossoms are few. 1031. flowers remind them of a funeral. is considered a bad planting-time for all flowers --. 1057. 1022. Do not set out climbing vines when the horns of the moon are turned downward. you will move into another house in the spring. If in the autumn a dandelion blooms in your yard. his mother wants him immediately. 1064. To be certain that your flower slips will develop good roots. 1024. 1063.21 1016. 1053. you will take a long journey in the spring. The person who accepts the gift of a fern will never settle down in life. Splendid flowers can be had by planting them during the light of the moon in the sign of the fingers --. 1036. After you have blown against a dandelion seed-ball. Be sure your flowers are planted during May on the light of the moon in the sign of the Twins (Gemini) to make them luxuriant. "I had a hop vine. 1040. climbing vines will not grow at all. plant it while thinking of a dead person and it will flourish. 1070. 1042. he likes butter. 1046. you are fond of butter." 1028. Flowers planted on the first of May bloom twice as well. Either to reset a live-forever vine or to have one on your property is unlucky. Flowers planted in the sign of the bowels (Virgo) will "run all over the garden like loose bowels" according to some. To tell the time of day. a person blows a dandelion seed-ball three times and counts the seed that remain. Morning-glories are lucky when grown over your kitchen window or anywhere against the house. Every year one side would be just full of hops and the other side of the fence would be bare. you will be unsuccessful with them. Nine autumnal leaves kept under your bed makes you lucky all winter. If in the autumn a daisy blooms in your yard. for they are unhealthy. To have flourishing ferns. 1048. If your birthday occurs during the planting-season. 1062. by planting them during the increase of the moon. plant them on the first day of May before sunup. Anything kept as a winter plant should be planted in the sign of the thigh (Sagittarius). 1058. Gorgeous ferns may be raised by sprinkling them with the water in which a menstrual cloth has been washed. Yellow flowers in your room will bring you misfortune. 1069. Roses planted on the last day of June will always bloom the following June. if some of the seed stay on. always water them from the bottom upwards and never from the top downwards. 1021. Petunias will flower abundantly. 1054. Years ago the use of autumnal leaves for decoration in the house was supposed to be unlucky. 1029. 1033. if he does not laugh. it will keep better. Conversely. so I tied a red string around the side that didn't have any hops and left the string on. . Spring flowers that bloom again in the fall foretell a sorrowful winter. 1068. and emit more fragrance say still others. Patrick's Day grow better say some. Five pennies buried in the pot containing a house plant make the flower bloom profusely. Buds on a Christmas cactus should never be counted. 1035. watch the direction in which the seed fly and they will show you where to seek your fortune. 1067. when called Waterman. bad luck may be expected. If you tickle anyone's chin with a dandelion and he laughs. All flowers should be removed from the bedroom at night. Never keep Christmas "greens" or a Christmas tree after New Year's Day. Some patients object to flowers. 1023. always in bloom and laden with blossoms." 1044. Carry a piece of life-everlasting (live-forever) for a long and healthy life. 1030. 1027. In recent years they have sometimes been considered lucky. 1038. From flowers planted on Green Thursday (Maundy Thursday) all kinds of colors may be expected. Someone told me about the red string. If you hold a dandelion under someone's chin and can see a yellow reflection upon the skin.

the best planting-time is before sunrise. To make the plants thrive. I didn't tell him. for it was the right sign. carrots.bearing plants from growing to tops. and peas.should be planted during the afternoon so that they will sink down into the ground just like the sun sinks after passing the meridian. 1088. called the sea onion. 1100. E. 1097. that someone gave her thirty-nine years ago for good luck. the sign is in the Crab [Cancer] and you will not be able to keep your onions in the ground. pink flowers from the mercury.beans. and the like --. cucumbers. Beans planted in the sign of the Crab (Cancer) move backwards in a circle like a crab and do not come up.' He said. 1104. Never plant any vegetable in the sign of the Twins (Gemini). seed for crops maturing below ground --. After a few days. You will not dig one smooth potato from a patch that was set out in the sign of the Twins (Gemini). to prevent these tuber. Vegetables ripening aboveground --. 1078. and the like --should be planted when the sign of the Zodiac is going down. but turnips sown in the morning will be sweet and more palatable. 'I will give you fifty cents. it has nourishment and thus becomes a fine planting-time for beans. and it has little onions that come out on the sides of it. the family living at that house will soon be rich. Planting by the Zodiac (1094-1125) 1094. Conversely. you will get two small vegetables instead of a large one. peas. 1101. 1086. and to keep onion and potato sets in the ground. bad luck will come to your house. we have the sign Cancer: when this sign is called breast. beans and peas usually being specified. 1095. and similar vegetables --. sometimes thought to bloom only once in seven years. but after he went to work I pull up every onion and planted them. some thinking the blossom has the waxy appearance of death. tomatoes. the lower part of the sign arms --. others. if you can keep those onions in the ground. 'Hell! I am not planting my onions in the Crab. you will secure two for the one you would have had had you planted at a different time. Some people have very pretty dishes. 1080. and white flowers from the salt. keep it in your pocketbook.' and did. peas. Every vegetable planted in the sign of the head (Aries) grows to stalk say some. has a plant. She gave me one little onion for every member of our family this morning and told me to plant them. that it emits an odor of death. 1098. but the purpose here is to procure more beans by keeping the bushes near the ground instead of letting them grow to tops.beets." 1075. Never work your potatoes until after sundown and you will always have a good crop. between eleven and twelve. 1082. for I did it: plant your potatoes before sunup and they will all be the same size. The quality of the crops sometimes depends upon the time of day when the seed are planted: turnips sown in the afternoon will be bitter. One day I brought a piece home and she threw it over the fence.beans. and similar vegetables --. but others say you can obtain large onions with small tops by planting the sets at this time. 1102. Various times during the morning. that we would all have good luck. you will gather as many cucumbers to a vine as you have fingers on your hand. they would go down with the night. said it would bring trouble and sickness to our house. is an unlucky flower. in addition to those already mentioned. Seed planted in the sign of the arm (Gemini) will produce vegetables as long as your arm. "One time my husband wanted to plant a gallon of onion sets. If in the country a wild rosebush springs up outside the door. are thought to be suitable for planting vegetables: between nine and twelve. If you plant the seed while the sign is descending from the arm (Gemini) towards the fingers --. and exactly at noon. I am planting in the ground. potatoes. " 1077. One morning he said. for it was good luck to have that plant in your house. and in no time you will have pretty blue flowers from the bluing. 'Don't plant them now. with salt over it. they were out of the ground. carrots. Cabbage planted at this time grows double-headed." 1090. As a good instance of how the astronomical designations for the signs of the Zodiac and their anatomical equivalents do not always correspond in symbolism. and bluing and mercury. Commoner than the preceding belief is the rule that all vegetables must be planted during the morning --. 1096. to make the plants bushy instead of growing to stalk and root. It is generally said these crops will come two weeks earlier.22 1074. 1079. "I have been a farmer in early days and know this is so. To plant beans before nine o'clock in the morning makes them tender when cooked. seed for crops maturing aboveground --. 1092. if you planted in the afternoon. "My mother would never let a piece of myrtle (a plant commonly grown in cemeteries) grow in her yard. The only exception to this rule is when you want small-sized cucumbers for pickles.you will pick more beans from each vine than you can hold in your fingers. I said. and they stayed in the ground --. "A depression flower [so called because it was in vogue about 1932 during the Great Depression as an inexpensive table ornament] is a lump of coal in a dish." ."My mother always said they would grow with the day.here. if planted in the morning. If you plant the seed in the sign of the arm (Gemini). 1099.' I took the fifty cents. Beans and cucumbers are generally selected for examples. This planting of beans in the down-sign violates the rule given in 1094. melons and potatoes --. Pick the first violet of spring. vegetables ripening underground --. 1087. but when this sign is called Cancer.beets. "Mrs. cucumbers planted in any other sign will run to bloom and not amount to anything. For crops likely to be molested by bugs --. 1093.should be planted when the sign of the Zodiac is going up. 1081. Always keep sunflowers in your garden for luck. plant them any other time and they will be all sizes. Never let anyone give you a piece of wandering Jew vine.cucumbers. Some say vegetables planted in the morning mature sooner than those planted in the afternoon. onions. they will crawl out all the time." VEGETABLES (1083-1208) Time of Day for Planting (1083-1093) 1083. 1089. and you will be lucky. 1103. Plant turnips in the evening about six o'clock and they will not be tough or stringy. and you will secure two for each blossom. 1084." 1085. A tuberose. You can protect vegetables against bugs by planting the seed after sunset. 1091. Several reasons are given for the choice of the sign Twins (Gemini) as an excellent planting-time for vegetables: you will secure two yieldings. 1076. an uncontrollable element enters which makes these vegetables run wild and grow to vines only. A rare name for this sign is crawfish. every morning when he went out to see his onions.didn't have any more trouble with them crawling out of the ground. They were all the go last year. Sunflowers in your yard are healthy.should be planted during the morning so that they will rise out of the ground with the rising sun.

plants such as beans and peas will grow to flowers. 1123. Apple-blossom time is the proper date for planting beans. because that is a watery sign and thus the vines will neither wilt nor dry out. 1126. if you plant the sets in the light of the moon and the sign of the thigh. beans and potatoes are specially named. In particular. but others believe seed planted at this time will give you vines full of beans or peas with full pods. when this sign is called groins. plant them while the moon is rising. The first day of the new moon is the best time for planting all vegetables. Seed planted when the moon is full will not do well believe some. The Scorpion (Scorpio) is a moist sign and consequently a favorable time say some for planting any vegetable likely to be damaged by drought. but others say. The seventeenth and eighteenth of the month are potato-planting days. Planting according to Wind (1136) 1136.23 1105.all of these meaning the sign Virgo --. The best time to plant crops which grow underground --. 1152. 1146. 1142. this is a bad planting-time for cabbage. flower. the matured potatoes will be covered with excrescences like toes. peas. To be successful with cucumbers or watermelons. 1145. The light of the moon and the sign of the Twins (Gemini) is the best time for planting beans. and potatoes --. vegetables that ripen belowground should be planted in the dark of the moon. potatoes will yield a large crop. Cabbage and tomatoes are often planted or transplanted in the sign of the Scales (Libra) for size. 1131. If you plant beans in the sign of the Goat (Capricornus). lady holding a branch.is the sign of the feet (Pisces). onions. and the long radish. planted in the sign of the leg or legs (Aquarius) will be long and smooth. Onions do well when planted on the twenty-first of March. Patrick's Day is a favorite day for planting peas and potatoes. 1149." . Beans and peas are sometimes planted in the sign of the feet (Pisces) to keep the bushes low and hence to obtain more beans and peas. 1115. flower girl. when called Bowman. 1150. If you plant the sets in the dark of the moon and the sign of the thigh (Sagittarius).beets. 1111. Potatoes are planted during the light of the moon for clear or smooth skins. 1139. you will get smooth firm potatoes. 1122. 1110. and plants like kohl-rabi and turnips will grow to seed instead of heading. your melons will grow as large as that tub. When peach trees are in bloom is the time to plant beets. 1135. 1107. This sign. 1128. 1147. carrots and tomatoes. 1138. Cucumbers planted in the sign of the Crab (Cancer) will not be bothered by bugs. 1119. you will get flowers and no potatoes. You can secure large radishes by planting the seed in the sign of the thigh (Sagittarius) as it is going down. I1118. Although it is said all vegetable seed may be planted on Good Friday. 1120. the fifth of April according to others. Do not plant seed in the sign of the Waterman (Aquarius). Cabbage and tomato plants should be transplanted at this time. "I always did this to have large melons: on the first day of May put a washtub over your head before sunup. A good crop of potatoes can be obtained by planting the sets on the last two days of the month regardless of the weather. Plant cabbage on Friday in the new moon and it will not be harmed by frost. 1108. Planting in the Moon (1126-1135) 1127. 1117. 1109. 1125. Carrots. If you want seed to grow quickly. but others say seed planted at this time will rot. but. 1151. Potatoes are also set out at this time for size and firmness. Any vegetable planted in the sign of the heart (Leo) will grow well according to some. flowers. Select the sign of the thigh (Sagittarius) for planting beans and cucumbers. Plant beans in the sign of the Fish (Pisces) for long nice pods. 1134. one hundred days from the first of January. 1143. Planting at Blossom-Time (1137-1139) 1137. Special Planting Days (1140-1168) 1140. 1133. plant them on the first of May before the sun rises. Always hill cucumbers or set out potatoes in the sign of the Fishes (Pisces). one third full say others. lady holding a flower --. The knee (Capricornus) is a splendid planting-sign say some. Radishes are planted in the sign of the thigh (Sagittarius) to make them solid. St. Lettuce is planted during the dark of the moon to keep the plants from running to seed. Cancer is a moist sign and therefore an excellent planting-time to make vegetables withstand a drought. 1112. If the seed are planted in the sign of the bloom. parsnips. as some say. more than half of the seed will rot. 1124. 1141. If cucumbers are hilled on the first three days of May. for they will decay and never come up. they will bear themselves to death. The seed for all root crops do well when planted during the dark of the moon and in a sign from the lower part of the body. carrots. 1132. 1130. Set out cabbage when the moon is half full say some. and for transplanting plants raised in a cold-frame. Lettuce should be planted on the fourth of April according to some. 1148. Be sure the seed is planted while the wind is blowing and your carrots will root well. lady with a branch. and tomatoes. when this sign is called bowels (Virgo). 1106. Cucumbers should be planted while cherry trees are blooming. but according to others it will rot before maturing. On the first of May before sunrise plant cucumbers or watermelons while wearing your nightclothes and the vines will not be attacked by bugs. This is also the time for transplanting sweet potatoes. they will bear until frost according to some. Bugs will not disturb the vines of potatoes set out in the sign of the heart (Leo) . Potatoes grow well when planted on the tenth of April. then go plant watermelon seeds. One of the best times to plant potatoes is election-day in the spring. Vegetables that ripen aboveground should be planted in the light of the moon. The sign of the Virgin (Virgo) is an unfavorable sign for transplanting vegetables such as cabbage and tomatoes. 1116. 1144. melons and pumpkins. 1113. Beans planted in the sign of the flower-girl (Virgo) will bear until frost. 1114. is a fitting time to plant potatoes. Since the crab lives in water. In planting potatoes the sign of the feet (Pisces) should be avoided. 1121. they will be so hard and tough that you cannot cook them. 1129.

Insects will not infest cabbage hoed during dog days. and we never had a bug." 1184. 1180. You must say while planting parsnips As long as my arm and as thick as my wrist. then put the old shoe in an old stump and leave it there." 1183. and usually as a jest. And one for the neighbor that lives nearby. 1181. 1173." 1186. You will have cucumbers." 1154. All vegetables do better. 1172. There will be plenty soon. If you plant cucumbers on the longest day of the year (June 21). "A woman I know. Similar to the preceding belief. 1166. This year he forgot and we are sure getting water-bugs. Scatter ashes over your garden on Ash Wednesday and bugs will not molest your vegetables or flowers." 1156. "Plant squash in May. And you will have pumpkins soon. if gourds are planted in the garden." . if as you drop each seed you call out the name of some woman with fat legs. August 25 is a turnip-planting time. "An old saying of my mother's was: only fools could raise good gourds. But the following practice is unusual: 'My husband has done this for years on Ash Wednesday. If you fail to plant your potatoes on St. 1161. 1157. Lawrence Day (August 10) is chosen as a planting-time to make turnips either large or sweet. Sex and Planting (1169-1170) 1169. so she would get a big crop. On the first day of May plant the seeds before sunup and you will have fine gourds. 1158. Patrick's Day. will keep well. 1182." Planting Rhymes (1174-1177) 1174. you must say while dropping each seed As round as my head and as big as my butt. "Plant cucumbers on the sixth of July." 1179. If you plant onions and tomatoes in the same garden. "My father always did this: plant watermelons on Sunday in May and hoe them every Sunday." 1155. potatoes." Miscellaneous Beliefs (1187-1208) 1187. 1165. My husband said the other day he bet he would not forget to put the ashes around the house next Ash Wednesday. wet or dry. take gourd seeds on the first day of March. Plant pumpkin seeds in June. 1190. You will never fail with beans planted during the sign of the Twins (Gemini) in June. who was a girl during the Civil War." 1175. Late potatoes ought to be planted in the last dark moon of June. Only a person with a violent temper can raise peppers. "In planting lettuce I always say Three seeds for the birds and three for myself. when she plants potatoes. but say others. The sowing of turnips should be completed before August 20. if you plant an onion and then a tomato in the same row. 1162. Patrick. 1191." 1177. "When I plant lettuce I always say Some for my neighbor. some for the bugs. turnips ---anything maturing underground --." 1189. make them cry. the seed must be planted while you are angry. 1170." 1176. Let a man plant onions. wet or dry. To get large cabbage.24 1153. and thus provide continual moisture. and some for me and I always have plenty. This couplet may be repeated when turnips are sown: "As round as my head and as big as my thigh. She said.the longest day of the year. And they will all run away. with each seed would say As long as my arm and as thick as my thigh. the onions will get into the eyes of the potatoes. Temper and Planter (1171-1173) 1171. Autumn turnips will be sweet and keep all winter. and they will ripen as quickly as had they been planted at the earlier date. 1164. when she was planting radish seed. and she never failed in having nice ones. Plant squash in June. "Plant pumpkin seeds on the first day of June. Sow turnips on the fourth of July. 1167. To make peppers hot. A gardener secures long cucumbers by planting them on June 21 --. commoner. or have alternate rows of onions and tomatoes. Wet or dry. "I knew this to happen more than once: never plant onions if you have a temper. set them out on Good Friday. put the seeds in a rag. for they will be so hot you can't eat them. 1188. 1168. 1160. saying as you drop each cutting Praise be to St. you will have fine melons. July 15 is the time to plant winter carrots. "An old colored woman. Cucumbers hilled on the first Sunday in June will not be buggy. the latter will do well. They run away. both will do badly say some. While sowing radish seed you must say As long as my arm and as thick as my leg. Large radishes are grown. wet or dry. St. if the seed are sown in August." Planting Incantations (1178-1186) 1178.and they will grow twice as large as those planted by a woman. "Always plant potatoes on the eleventh day of May and you will have swell potatoes. puts ashes all around our house. "Plant pumpkin seeds in May. 1185. then put the rag in an old shoe. Turnips should be sown on the twenty-fifth of July. always said In the Name of the Father. Son and Holy Ghost to every potato. "My mother always said. told me this: if you want to have good gourds. And they will come soon. 1163. wet or dry. they will not be infested by insects. 1159. they say onions and potatoes should be planted alternately in rows.

This is Sunday. Planted in the sign of the Twins (Gemini) on a light moon. You must never pick that potato. 1197. sit your ass down on the ground for five minutes. or. the seed will be unproductive. just everything went wrong after he picked that potato. the latter ear has both ends blunt. it is time to plant your corn.size of a marble. which are taken respectively from male and female ears: the former ear tapers to a point at the top or growing end. If you plant corn in the sign of the Crab (Cancer). then take a maple switch with leaves on. Also years ago a few potato-bugs were put in a bottle. As soon as dogwood trees are in bloom you may plant your corn. "When my mother would plant corn she would always say Here is some for the worms. Pour water over egg shells in a jar. "My grandmother would not let anyone reset sage. A small potato may be carried in the pocket for luck. 1214." 1203. It is time to plant corn when you hear the first call of one of the following birds: dove. so always throw away the plants thinned from a row. Never plant corn during the first three days of May. very bad luck. 1202. A great many potato-bugs on the vines indicates a large number of potatoes. for a good crop. "I always do this every morning after my plants are up. It is unlucky to transplant parsley. 1199. 1198. It is a little late. before summer ends you will shed more tears than you eat greens. but over the prairie. is to plant your garden when the first wren comes. put water over it. 1226.bugs come. "In planting corn or wheat. I said. 'Don't pick that potato. It is very seldom you find one. and they are just a small potato --. on the bluffs. 1211. but I know I will have a good corn crop. Some farmers plant corn in rows north and south. I say: 'One for the cutworm. And he had nothing but bad luck for seven years. July 6. . 1212. it is very bad luck. It was all right if it came up from the seed." 1222. Seed for corn must be planted in the proportion of one male grain to two female grains. Corn planted during the increase of the moon grows quicker and yields more than corn planted during the decrease of the moon. you will get more corn and larger ears. I never plant my corn until I see a lightning-bug." 1230. "An Indian sign of my fathers was to plant your corn when the lightning. these trees were the elm. a woman came in with eggs and heard them talking and said. You will gather no corn from seed planted in the sign of the Virgin (Virgo). March 26 or 27 is a favorable planting-time for corn. 1217. and sprinkle over your plants every morning. you can prevent bad luck by planting the seed somewhere else and transplanting the plants. and then sprinkle it over vegetable and flower plants as a germicide. then get up. Years ago it was thought that whipping potato-bugs off potato vines would make them stay away. I saw my first lightning-bug this morning. The sign of the Scorpion (Scorpio) is a good time for planting corn. 1200." 1206. 1208. "I remember when I was living up in the North Bottom below Ursa. Even lost his farm before the seven years was up. other farmers plant corn in rows east and west. 'I will tell you a good sign to plant corn. "It's an old saying of my mother: never keep a pumpkin in your bedroom overnight. 1204. one for the thief. said it was very bad luck." 1221. 1201. and still is. 1207. this made it so hot for the other bugs remaining in the patch that they had to leave. and if you don't take cold next day. 1223. let this stand for three days. 1228. Told to the early settlers by the Indians. his grain went bad. but never reset plants after up. 1218. "My husband always planted his corn in the sign of the arm (Gemini). 1210. the time when the leaves of certain trees reached the size of a squirrel's ear. to have a good garden. 1224. perhaps the commonest sign for planting corn was. so I will plant my corn Monday. one for the rats. take down your pants. and then a fire was started. A man found a little potato up where the bloom should be. the seed will whirl around and around like a crab and never sprout. you will have seven years bad luck. 1195." 1213. 1219. CORN -OATS -WHEAT (1209-1249) 1209. 1196. you and that person will soon quarrel. if you saw one. The arrival of the woodpecker is a signal for planting corn." This was also said of hickory leaves." 1229. 1215. While planting corn you may recite One for the cutworm. it was time to plant corn. "An old Indian man years ago told my grandfather that whenever the elm-tree leaves got the size of the squirrel's foot. Two expressions are heard about the consequences from sowing mustard seed in your garden: either you will experience more trouble that year than you have ever had in your life.25 1192. Your best horse will die the first year you attempt to raise sage. and she would always have a plenty. Use the following couplet while planting corn: "One for the blackbird. I always watch for them [wrens]. Tall stalks with full ears are obtained by planting corn in the sign of the thigh (Sagittarius). 1225.' He went and picked it." 1205. Never give sage plants to anybody. 1194. "Another good Indian sign. 1231. While talking. By planting three nasturtium seed in each hill of cucumbers you keep bugs away from the vines. one for the crow. The transplanting of parsnips brings misfortune. One for the mole and two to grow. In the river bottoms. 1232. dip down in this bucket. 1223b. and through the hilly sections of the county. A man who planted corn on the shares always dropped two grains for the partner. and three for the mice and rats. some for the neighbors. it grows to blades and tassels. He wanted to plant his corn but didn't know if the sign was right. Sometimes corn is planted at this time for large ears. one for the birds. hickory and white oak. one for himself. Carry an onion in your pocket for luck. "Out here about ten miles from Quincy a farmer was in town [Ursa] and they were talking about the weather and if time to plant corn. for if you do." This is also a corn-planting time. hung up in the chimney. He started in to losing his stock. nothing but bad luck. If sage must be planted in your garden. If you find a potato up where the bloom is." 1193. corn bears ten bushels more to the acre. Plant corn on a dark moon to make the ears grow near the bottom of the stalk where they will be within reach and easily picked. 1223a. thrush and whippoorwill. the tree was the osage orange. along the banks of creeks. You go home. My mother said never to touch one. Choose the dark of the moon as a planting-time for corn and it will have a better chance of surviving a drought. 1227. 1216. and one for myself. and some for myself. 1220. that the Indians went by that sign. to keep the bugs off: get a bucket of cow manure.

wheat and oats crop that year. A farmer sowing oats in the light of the moon reaps long full grain. thus melting the snow." 1237. "I had an old yellow plum tree. just to drive one here and there and a little higher. 1259. A nail driven into the north side of the trunk revives a dying tree. 1247. both in the light of the moon. and 29. If you would burn the cobs. That is an old Indian sign and I always go by them --. 1235. 1241. If while husking you find a blue-spotted ear of corn (sometimes known as Sally corn). 'Hang all the old buckets you can find on that tree and it will bear fruit. the crow thinks he has had the hill when he takes three. to harvest an excellent crop. 1252. name them after a man instead of a woman and they will grow twice as fast. A small nut crop means a small wheat crop and a large nut crop means a large wheat crop. Much oats will be reaped from seed sown on March 27. Hang elder leaves on fruit trees to keep insects from injuring the fruit. name it for some good-natured person and you will have a heavy crop. 1253. "My aunt would always plant corn and she would say Three for the hill. If fruit trees are set out when the moon is full." 1265. If you plant fruit trees. K. One for the earth. 1257. "Whenever the black-locust trees are full of blossom you will have a good corn. Wheat should be sown during the increase of the moon." 1260. "Mr." 1239. three threes. One day my grandson Rex came to see me and he was playing out in the yard. and that leaves four to the planter.' We got all the old buckets we could find and hung on the tree. 1243. Acorns. One for the crow. told me a man on his block had a cherry tree and it would always bloom. five for the birds." 1267. Wheat drilled this direction withstands cold weather better say some. and a large white stone. Elder leaves are also scattered over cabbage plants for the same purpose. it would bloom all the time but would not bear. 1236. "Mr. This rhyme may be recited as you plant corn: "Two for the crow. P. if during the planting you name it after some prosperous person. these contradictions are sometimes combined as follows: the light of the moon produces more fruit. To be successful with trees. so someone told me to drive nails in it. He did. Some people think a tree grows better. One for to grow'. told me. Never plant a tree where another stood.26 One for the crow. 1246." These nine grains. an old bucket. a potato. .' And the next year that tree was full of the blue plums. My son said. Set out fruit trees in the evening under a new moon and you will have success with them. you will be lucky. but not to drive them straight around." 1263." 1266. "I had a pear tree that bloom every year and never had a pear on it. It would just bloom all the time. 1240. 1255.my father did. an old shoe. The cutworm thinks he has plenty when he takes two. "My father every year always looked for the [letter] W on the lower leaves of the growing oats." 1262. TREES -SHRUBBERY . 1249. "I always take four grains of corn and drop them in a hole and say: 'One for the squirrel. 1254. 1256. May 25 is a good time for setting out fruit trees. Two to plant. butternuts or hickory-nuts are usually named. and we had all the plums we could take care of after that. are sometimes divided equally. and he took a hatchet and hacked into the tree. Oats sown after April 10 grows to straw. the dark of the moon better fruit. smooth and nice to peel. they will always produce a full crop. 1242. and two for the cutworm. "My-uncle planted two fruit trees and he named one for my brother and one for me [a woman]." 1234. After planting the first row of corn. 1264. and with fruit trees. 1248. and the rest for myself. plant or transplant them in the light of the moon. I did this in the fall. Farmers sometimes sow wheat when the crocus blooms. And two to grow. Sow oats in mud. 1251. Pears from trees planted in the sign of the Fish or Fishes (Pisces) are long. Two to rot. when he was a boy his father would always make him take the cobs from the corn they were planting and throw them over in a field to rot. And that year he got two crates of fine cherries. but he would not get any cherries. never right around. A tree or bush will prosper. your corn would burn up in the summer when it was growing. "My plum tree didn't have any fruit on for years. five for the moles and mice. He told him to hang the tree full of old bottles." 1233a." 1245. four for the crow. There is no corn-growing weather until after Whitsunday. 1261. "We had a blue plum tree for ten years and it never had a plum on it. In sowing wheat by hand years ago some farmers would say Here's five for the rabbits. why did you do that? for you will kill grandma's tree. This general rule is occasionally contradicted by choosing the dark of the moon for the planting-time." 1233. Drill in your wheat north and south when the sign of the Zodiac is up. 'Why Rex. And two to grow'. if into the hole dug for the planting you bury one of the following articles: a bone. 1238. and you will reap a good crop. and the one he named after me didn't grow at all. Cherry trees do well when planted in March on the light of the moon. Fruit produced by trees planted in the autumn during the sign of the weight (Libra) is large and smooth. but others prescribe east and west so that the sun cannot shine along the rows. wheat in dust. and the one after my brother you could just see it grow.VINES (1250-1329) 1250. One day a lady came to our house and said. He found one before the American and Spanish [Spanish-American] War and one before the[(First] World War. 1258. it will not thrive. and this year I put a horseshoe in the tree and I have so many plums I have to give them away. and the next year the tree was full of pears. 1244.28.

they will bleed to death. After setting out a fruit tree." 1280. Five nails driven into the trunk prevent the fruit from falling off the tree. 1277. sprouts. Timber hewn in August lasts longer. Lightning strikes the locust more often than any other tree according to some. the killing being done by girdling the tree or driving nails into the trunk. dry rot attacks apples that fall in the dark of the moon. 1321. "My husband in the spring always put old horseshoes in the fruit trees.brush. fruit keeps well say some. Anyone who plants an oak tree in the yard will have good luck. bush or vine. shrubbery. Similarly. 1309. Timber or brush is best killed when Cut in the dark of the moon. 1282. 1270. It brings good luck to plant a cedar tree in your yard and have it live. 1307. Do not burn cedar wood. 1297.said it would hold fire better. it will die from there down. 1308. grub them out in June during the dark of the moon. A tree blooming twice in the same season means much sickness that fall. the thirteenth often being considered the most suitable of these days. To make fruit trees prolific bearers. because sap still remains in the wood. if in the dark of the moon.' And he didn't get many cherries that year. 1320. shrubbery. Do not plant a cedar tree where it can cast a shadow on your house. Good Friday is the proper date for spraying fruit trees. On Ash Wednesday break a twig from each tree and an abundant crop of fruit will be harvested that year. 1311. 1305. Brush or trees cut from the seventh to the fourteenth of August will die. shrubbery. "My father did this to his pear tree that didn't bear. they will fall off. and that year he got three bushels of pears: if a tree don't bear. for fruit trees get bark-bound sometimes. The longest day of the year. Soft rot attacks apples that fall in the light of the moon. others say anywhere --. but some say you will be more successful by cutting trees in the light of the moon. This is the usual principle." 1271. 1292. 1301. An Ember day is the best time to kill brush. Never use wire nails. Fruit trees are made more productive by scattering ashes about them on Ash Wednesday. 1316. 1291. further. if you girdle a tree on the dark of the moon. 1275. Hewing trees while the sap rises will make the wood wormy. 1312. for I think it is bad luck to burn them. 1272." 1285. If you hew hickory during the autumn in the dark of the moon. 1276.some say inside the house. it must be the old iron nails. A woman who touches a fruit tree while in her courses will kill it.not wither or rot. 1303. the stumps will rot within a year. As a substitute for this. but others say the dark of the moon is the better time for harvesting fruit to make it keep. Grapevines pruned just before the full moon and in the sign of Cancer will not be bothered by birds or worms. sprouts. 1294. 1284. osage orange especially. Never allow a pregnant woman to shake a fruit tree at harvest-time. "One year I was at my uncle's and the cherry trees were white with bloom. is the best time for felling trees. Persimmon trees near the house are unlucky according to some. You can prevent apples from falling off the tree by driving a nail into the trunk. Always fell trees on one of the following days in June: 21. 'You will have a lot of fruit. 1274. 1273. 1310. Never burn sassafras wood --. 1313. White-oak posts chopped during August in the dark of the moon are supposed to last twice as long. "My father did this when fruit was dropping off: drive those old. 1306. 1322. 1300." . Occasionally a tree that blooms twice in the same season is considered a sign of bad luck. and trees die when cut during the first three days of June. no good. 1323. slice the bark down all around and it will bear the next year. 1302. Likewise. Trees felled on June 18 or 19 do not sprout again. " 1319. Almost everything --. Good maple sugar will not be secured unless you tap the tree in January during the light of the moon. 1317. 1289. they must be shaken on Good Friday. If you prune fruit trees in the light of the moon. and cut his trees in November for wood to burn --. 1296. and trees are easily killed in the sign of the heart (Leo) during August.' My uncle said. 1290. 22. A tree blooming twice in the same season will die that year. If a fruit tree is unproductive. 1293. for you will have bad luck. it will die from there up and sprout again at the roots. it will drop off before ripening. To burn grapevine prunings is unlucky. Apples falling in the light of the moon are bruised more than those falling in the dark of the moon. for the sap is going up and the wood will burn right away. 1299. "I will not burn any cutting off of a tree. 1304. however. they will not die. My father always cut his trees for posts and pickets in October so they would season good. and trees.fashion square iron nails in the tree to hold the fruit on the tree. 1314." 1288. during the autumn drive three rusty nails into the trunk near the ground and you will get a crop next year. 1279. The sign of the heart (Leo) in July is an excellent time for felling trees.27 1268. lucky according to others. 1318. 1287. 1295. urinate against the trunk every day to make it fruitful. I said. 1281. brush does not sprout again. 1278. 1269. the chamber pot may be emptied around the tree each morning. Nothing but misfortune can be expected from planting a weeping willow tree in your yard. To keep sprouts from sprouting again. the walnut according to others. it will stay full --. 1283. If you estimate or count the unmatured fruit on a tree. You can kill a tree by driving a spike into it on the first of May. Hedge. These beliefs are sometimes reversed. Cut on the full moon in August. 1324. or 23. 1298. It is unlucky to cut down a cedar tree. if on the light of the moon. can be avoided by picking off the blossoms. for you will be unlucky. worms will not bore into the wood. I always put them in some corner of the yard and let them rot.dies when cut in the dark of the moon during August. shrubbery. 'We will not have any cherries because they are blooming in the dark of the moon. Harvested in the light of the moon. if one harvests fruit during the full moon. which. 1286. June 21. Never cut trees for wood to burn in the spring. 1315. and timber --. By pruning trees on a full moon they will be laden with fruit. it will be barren next year. Briers.bad luck will befall you. the oak coming next. Poplar trees in the yard bring trouble. Each year pick the first blossom on the tree and you will get a large crop of fruit. A hedge should be grubbed out on the first day of July. it will make the fruit hang on the trees. and more convenient for a woman.

good news. if you can hive them. To kill a butterfly is unlucky. 1333. if the bee is dark. If all at once a great many ants approach or invade your house. If you are standing and a bee suddenly begins to buzz about you. you may expect good luck. My grandfather did this through the Civil War. If a bee flies into your house and you let it stay. They're worth a ton of hay. you will have a difficult time in hiving them. some consider a bee in the house unlucky. A family never comes to want while there are ants on the property. and luckier yet. gather fern leaves in June and throw them under the bed. if it is killed by pulling off the wings. Always let the bee remain a few minutes before chasing it out. If you keep an open bottle of ammonia on the floor in the center of the house for three days. you may look for good luck. Noises such as ringing a bell." 1353. 1373. Bees carried across water will die. The bed a person cleans in the dark of the moon never has bedbugs. 1368. 1356. If the sun shines during the first spring rain. However. let the bee fly away voluntarily. 1361. 1344. Patrick's Day and it will not have bedbugs that year. 1366. 1346. After a bee has buzzed about your head three times." 1326. The same thing may also be done to keep a swarm of bees home after it has been hived. Bumblees buzzing about you are bringing you money. 1367." ANIMALS (1330-2582) SMALL FORMS OF AIR AND LAND LIFE (1330-1529) Insect . Ants inside the house mean good luck. 1335. A swarm of bees in July. 1371. Brush will burn out. 1359. Hasty news follows a bee that comes into your house and buzzes around. and I am carrying three buckeyes too. the worse the news. As a remedy against bedbugs. good luck may be expected. but to be so. it must get in through a door. Fern leaves gathered during the last two days of June and put under the bed drives away bedbugs. but if you kill the bee. 1332. when they rest upon the house or enter any crevice of it. A bee flying into the house indicates a visit from a stranger. you will be unfortunate. Is not worth a fly. Boil horse-hoof scrapings and use this liquid in washing a bed infested by bedbugs. 1343. 1354. 1348. To make up a warm or unaired bed in the morning brings bedbugs. it is a token of good luck. if you urinate into a bucket and let the urine stand seven days before using it. 1370. bad luck is indicated. 1345. Good news is brought by a bee attempting to enter your house. When a butterfly rests on your shoulder. An effective germicidal wash for bedbugs is made.Bee . A swarm of bees flying over your head between sunset and sunrise is unlucky. very unlucky. "When I was young I always cleaned my house on Ash Wednesday so I would not be bothered with bedbugs and it worked fine. 1341. 1362. 1363. 1337. "My brother always carries a buckeye in his pocket to get money. 1347. Bees will abandon the hive before any family misfortune. 1350. Wind in the south." 1329. you may expect money. Long pine needles are a sign of a heavy berry and fruit crop." 1352. and beating on tin pans will make bees land while swarming. shouting. 1351. 1360. you will soon receive money. 1364. 1334. 1358.Ant -Bedbug . my mother did this. 1372. sure sign of some disappointment. If a honey bee or a bumblebee flies into your house. Brush will burn best. bad luck.28 1325. If ants build a nest near your door. it denotes news: if the bee is yellow. bad news --. It is an omen of good news when a bumblebee pesters you. . You can prevent bees from swarming by putting urine in the hive. "If bees swarm in May.Butterfly (1330-1379) 1330. It is unlucky to see more bees enter than leave the hive. 1355. "A swarm of bees in May. 1342. The person who kills an ant or steps on an ant mound will be unlucky." 1340. 1331. Is worth a silver spoon. 1369. After a swarm of bees flies over your head. 1357. shooting a gun. "My father will not burn a fruit limb in the stove for anything. 1338. To have a strange swarm of bees settle on your farm or garden is lucky. A swarm of bees in June.the darker the bee. 1349. "Wind in the west. Never move bees from their hive to another one except on Friday. or better still. Is worth a load of hay. Money will come to the person upon whose farm or garden a strange swarm of bees settles. 1339. and particularly so. 1365. If a bumblebee stays at your door a long time and persists on entering. someone you have not seen for a great while will soon visit you. "I always carry three buckeyes in my pocket to always have money. Whoever while picking flowers is pestered by bees will soon get money. Unless bees swarm during the dark of the moon. Always clean your bed on St. 1328. at the end of that time all bedbugs will be gone. One rids a house of bedbugs by catching three and turning them loose in a new house that is being built." 1327. 1336. You can prevent bees from swarming by using a mirror to reflect the sun into the hive. there will be "lots and lots of bugs" that year. You can prevent bees from swarming by shaking a cow-bell over the hive.

the following incantation may be used: "Doodle up. 1397. 1394. but the person who kills this fly. To bring a doodle bug out of its hole.29 1374. You can force a doodle bug out of its hole by repeating: "Doodle. 1407. you will be visited by a woman." 1388." Dragon fly ." 1406." 1395." 1401. keep a caterpillar confined until it has changed into a butterfly. doodle bug. 382." 1402. Come out of your hole. if the incantation is changed to: "Doodle down. misfortune may be expected. A live fly found in the house on New Year's Day means good luck all year.Cricket . go down. and they would crawl out to see what I wanted. but this misfortune can be averted by spitting three times. As a device for making a doodle bug leave its hole. 1411. As a method for obtaining good luck. Johnnie Brown. never kill them. "I always sweep the crickets out. to a funeral." 1375. Where flies go (especially when they gather near a door). 1409. if yellow. The chirping of crickets is always a good sign. go down. if you did. "When I was a boy. inside the door would be company from in town. Go down. Years ago it was sometimes said that you committed a sin or became unlucky by killing a house fly. after the bug has appeared. Never kill a cricket. doodle down. Kill the first fly seen in the spring and you will soon go on a long journey. sometimes called a Christmas fly. And I will give you ten bushels of corn. 1376. doodle up. 1391. stick out your horns. doodle up. i. but if they move around. Sickness is foretold when a cricket suddenly stops calling and leaves the house." 1404. The killing of a thousand-legger (centipede) brings good luck. something bad would happen to you. 1412." 1403. Some say only a cricket that chirps after you have gone to bed makes you fortunate. If you don't.e. To kill a caterpillar (by stepping on it say some) causes bad luck. Let a person on finding crickets in the house put one of them under the front doorstep for luck. for the others will come and eat up your woolen clothes.Grasshopper . a doodle bug will show itself: "Doodle bug. the cricket killer will always find two holes eaten in his clothes. 1415. it will make you very unlucky. 1414. pronounce this rhyme: "Doodle bug. Johnnie Brown. 1413. A flea found on your hand is the sign of a letter. doodle up. 1377. has made this belief obsolete. if you recite: "Doodle bug. Flies about your door are lucky. I would get down on the ground and whistle and whistle down one of these doodle bug's holes in the ground.Fly . doodle up. "My father said never to kill a snake feeder (usually called snake doctor. "Just last week a butterfly came to my door and kept flying up and down the door outside. "My grandmother said it was lucky to have crickets in the house. 1410. I'll beat you as black as a mole. "I am seventy-five years old and this is an old saying of my grandmother: if you kill a cricket. doodle bug. It is lucky to have a live fly in the house at Christmas. And your children are burning up. The person who sees a fever-worm (a pale-yellow caterpillar) will be unfortunate. 1389. 1396. cows will give bloody milk. your teeth will all rot out. After a butterfly gets into your house." 1398. Crickets getting into or singing in the house signify money or prosperity. provided you kill it with the palm of your hand. 1378." Then. A butterfly that enters the house and lights on you foretells a visitor. one for the dead cricket and the other for the living avenger. 1383. you will soon go to a wedding. if you want it to return into its hole. if a black butterfly. 1385. Money is denoted by flies staying in the house all winter. come out of your hole. If in the morning you see a white butterfly. If their owner kills a cricket. the occupants will soon move. The significance of a butterfly getting into your house is a visit from a stranger." 1400. One fly killed brings ten flies to its funeral. doodle bug. but modern knowledge about the fly as a germ carrier. these words must be said: "Doodle bug. If a person speaks this couplet. some bad luck will come. If a cricket chirps near or in a house. " The bug will again conceal itself. Similarly. doodle. Your mother and grand-daddy are dead. doodle. Caterpillar . The person who kills a cricket will have his clothes eaten by the mate of the dead cricket. A cricket heard in the room after you have gone to bed signifies company. 1379. unhealthy and unhappy. 1386. Your house is on fire. 1384. some say they are telling you of future success. Stoop down over a doodle bug's hole and say until the bug appears: "Doodle up. you will be healthy and happy that year." 1399. 1390. It is an indication of good luck whenever a cricket enters your house. 1380. doodle down. a dragon fly). 1408. Johnnie Brown.Flea . . Johnnie Brown. A doodle bug (larva of a dragonfly) will obey you. If you have no flies about the house and all at once a large number of them appear. money always follows. If the first butterfly seen in the spring is white.Centipede .Doodle Bug (1380-1404) 1381.Katydid (1405-1424) 1405. 1393. doodle bug. 1392. and that day I got company from out of town. will be very unlucky. 1387.

if you repeat this couplet: "Snail. When a woman sees a spider weaving a web. put the insect on the back of your hand and say If you don't spit tobacco. 1454. 1437. 1419. To make a grasshopper spit brown juice. And I'll turn you loose. because every locust had a letter W on its wings. Drive away a lady-bug by reciting: "Lady-bug. If a woman finds a spider on her dress. seen at night it is a sign of peace. And your children are crying. you will have bad luck. Your house is on fire. 1423. Somebody (often a stranger) desires to meet or to talk with the person whose face is persistently annoyed by a fly. someone wants to see you. To see a spider spinning its web in the morning makes you successful in business or any undertaking that day. 1434. snail. 1420. You will always be lucky in a house where snails stay near the door or down in the cellar. A snail will draw in its head. If you drop salt on a snail. Fly away home. a lady-bug will flyaway: "Lady-bug. it will melt into a green spot. snail. snail. No. On the first of May a snail caught by the horns and thrown over your shoulder gives you good luck all year. and that is a sure sign of war. A horsefly buzzing three times round your head betokens good news. If a fly keeps lighting on your nose. poke out your horn. 1438.Locust (1425-1435) 1425.Moth . A locust bearing the letters P P on its wings signifies peace and plenty. it is a sign of a quarrel that day. The meaning of a large number of lightning-bugs near your house is company.Lightning Bug (Firefly) . Anyone killing a spider on a bed will soon be sick in that bed. To rid yourself of lice. "A man had a bucket of locusts up in the Relief Office [for the poor of Quincy] this week and said we are going to have war. 1453. take one of them into the graveyard and shoot it and the others will leave." For the benefit of the "believer. 1430. A lady-bug will leave you. Your house is on fire. Expect good news after you see a large number of grasshoppers near your door." 1441.30 1416. it shows that a new dress is being woven for her. 1424. Your children will burn. 1433. 1417. 1447." 1427. Lice . 1418." 1428.Snail . Your children are alone. 1448. 1439. if you say: "Lady-bug. lady-bug. Your children are burning. put in your head. 1451. 1421." 1429. Fly away home. Or I'll beat you as black as [a piece of] coal. 1440. was collected about 1934. Speak these words and a snail will stick out its head: "Snail. Moths flying near cream or milk turn it sour." 1426. lice will generate on your head. come out of your hole. I will cut your head off. To have a lightning-bug enter the house indicates visitors. And I will give you a barrel of corn. 1445. 1435. it is an indication of peace. Use this incantation and a lady-bug will depart: "Lady-bug. lady-bug. After you have recited the following words. Be careful about getting sand in your hair." 1422. a new dress may be expected. Lady Bug .Spider (1436-1522) 1436. lady-bug. you may look for visitors. 1446." 1443. 1432. 1450. Good news will be heard after a fly (usually a large one) buzzes about and pesters you. If flies keep flying against your house. All except little Ann. Place in a coffin three lice from your head and the corpse will carry away the others. Bad luck will come to the person who kills a lady-bug. Do not kill a katydid. A spider killed while crawling on a woman's arm brings her a new dress." 1442. 1444.1380 of the first edition of this book. Or else I'll beat you till you're dead." this saying. Your house is on fire. 1449. If a spider crawls towards you in the morning. lady-bug. No matter what a spider is doing. . And she crawled under the marble stone. A person seeing a spider run down its web in the afternoon will soon travel. 1431. If locusts have the letter P on their wings. A grasshopper spits a brown juice called tobacco juice when you hold the insect and repeat this rhyme: "Spit tobacco juice. Sweep your house in the dark of the moon and spiders will not enter it. The letters W W on the wings of a locust mean war and want. This rhyme is sometimes spoken to a snail: "Snail. Your house is burning. 1452. Flyaway home. Such a fly is occasionally known as a news fly.

A small red spider is called a money spider. Let the spider go alive. 1484. good news will be received. others say you slay a friend. 1490. it is also said: if a spider drops down in front of you and climbs up its thread. You can secure money by catching a spider and keeping it alive in your pocketbook. it is unlucky to kill a spider. 1464. it denotes company. "I will not kill a spider I find alive on Friday. 1492. anytime a spider crawls towards you. 1476. a letter will soon arrive. you will acquire money --. but if you kill the spider. However. If a spider drops on its thread in front of you and stays down. is the sign of a letter. Let the spider walk alive. By killing a spider some say you slay an enemy. a person of the opposite sex having hair the color of the spider will call on you. you will hear bad news. and still others say at night. The spider must not be killed. provided. A spider that crawls up the door is a token of an approaching stranger. Let the spider run alive. it means a visit from a relative who will stay a long time. It is also said you will not get the letter unless the spider climbs up its thread. from the direction in which the spider was running. 1475. 1496. If a spider runs over the floor and you do not kill it. 1458. the stranger will not come. The killing of a black spider or a baby spider is particularly unlucky. others say in the evening. If a spider swings down in front of you. As a general rule. your pride or self-esteem will be killed. I always put it in a piece of paper [white paper is usually prescribed] and put it in my pocket so I will get money before the day is over. 1466. others say during the afternoon. To find any kind of spider on your clothes is an indication of money. A person walking through a spider web soon gets a letter. If you see a spider crawling on a bed. If you see a spider crawling on your bed. 1471. provided you do not harm the spider say some. 1499. a stranger will soon sleep in that bed. 1487. no matter what your posture. 1485. If a spider spins before your face or swings down on its thread in front of you. some say you must catch a spider on you. To see one of them brings you money. The significance of a spider getting on you is a guest. a welcome one say some. but if the spider continues downward to the floor and does not climb up its thread. say some). The person who sees a spider making its web in a window will soon entertain guests. You can obtain a letter by killing a spider in the palm of your hand. 1480. somebody wants to speak to you. if the spider returns up its thread. 1482. 1473. As a general rule. Never kill a spider. someone will soon give you money.soon. If a spider (usually a small one) comes down in front of you. Three different times of the day are thought to be exceptionally unlucky for killing a spider: some say in the morning. 1497. it signifies a letter. 1463. or within three days. The meaning of a spider on your window is a letter. " or "If you wish to live and thrive. Some say this guest will be an old friend. Similarly. 1468. add some. 1479. Some say you may kill a spider anytime during the day without causing bad luck. 1498. 1474. or hangs over your head. 1465. If you are in bed and a spider lets itself down from the ceiling directly above you. Leave the spider alive." or "If you wish to live and strive. 1489. 1491 Never capture a spider running away from you. a large one say some. according to some. If a spider runs over your head. you will not get the letter. 1456. It is usually said you will have money only so long as the spider lives. 1461. A spider seen at noon indicates good news. you will soon meet a friend. If a spider swings down in front of you and remains down. " 1495. expect a letter. 1486. 1457. If a black spider crawls on you. Some require that this must be a spider caught while spinning its web downwards." 1493. If you walk into or through a spider web. However. it foretells that someone (a stranger say some) will share the next meal with you. a letter will come from a man. or spins its web towards you. a letter will come from a person whose hair is the color of the spider. If a spider comes down on its thread in front of you. but if you kill the spider. 1478. In spite of the four preceding beliefs." or "If you want to live and strive. 1460. It is also said you will never conquer your enemies. 1462. you will be unlucky in money matters. The person on to whose shoulder a spider lowers itself will soon receive a letter. A spider beginning to weave a web in the doorway betokens a welcome caller. 1488. Only a spider killed in the house or one found on your person causes bad luck say some. 1472. If you step on a spider. you will hear good news. a stranger is coming. If you find a spider crawling on or hanging over your table (while you are eating. 1477. To have a spider drop down in front of you and then climb up its thread is a warning of a disappointment.31 1455. 1483. . a black-haired person will send you a letter. it is killed in the morning. 1459. from a woman. After a spider crawls on you. others say a spider spinning its web. Another method for obtaining a letter is to catch a spider and burn it. 1467. 1470. It is also said you will greet a bosom friend unexpectedly. The usual interpretation for a spider dropping down in front of you is good news. However. provided you do not kill the spider. If a spider weaves down in front of you. some say the spider must crawl towards you in the morning. 1469. look for a visitor. A spider dropping down in front of you is an omen of a letter. hence the following rhyme: "If you wish to thrive. or in a letter. Some say a spider must drop down in front of you three times to bring a letter. a spider hanging over your head or spinning a web overhead. it is occasionally considered lucky to kill a spider. 1494. 1481.

Perch (1537-1543) 1537.TOAD . luck and money can be had. asserted that a creek will dry up completely during a drought and yet minnows always reappear immediately after the first rain. leaving only the four. bad luck. It is a warning. Tumblebug . Goldfish in the house are lucky say some. look for good luck. the longer the worm.Gold fish .Oyster . you will take a long trip. if a black spider. 1516. 1534. "I will never disturb a spider web. 1512. 1510. In years past when sidewalks were constructed of brick. for the odd one will always die. you will be lucky. 1519. some say this is unlucky. the longer the trip. 1536. 1513. Oysters are not good to eat except during a month that has the letter R in its name." 1502. but sometimes this is considered unlucky. During a rainstorm frogs sometimes drop from the sky. It is lucky to have wasps build a nest in a window. 1525. A crawfish pinching one of your toes will not let loose until it thunders. Nevertheless. 1500. if she finds one. Worn in either shoe a spider dead or alive makes you lucky. "My grandfather said it was bad luck to see a tumblebug crawling in the rain.Wasp . A spider seen at noon is lucky say some. A spider coming down on its web before you is generally considered lucky. or under the eaves of your house. A person passing through a spider web will be lucky say some. 1504. The person who sees a spider spinning its web in the morning will be lucky. Fish ." Notwithstanding. unusually lucky when worn by a fisherman. and let it remain there until the spider dies.SNAKE . Bad luck is caused by killing a wasp. for good luck that day. one formerly submitted as an infallible proof of this belief. one lying just behind each eye. for the spider web was what saved Jesus's life. bad luck. I think it very bad luck. 1520. unlucky say others.TURTLE (1544-1617) 1544. The old argument. for accepting them as a gift will cause you bad luck.LIZARD . Wait until the spider has left its web and then you may sweep it away without incurring bad luck. Minnows come by spontaneous generation. if you see a snake before seeing a toad. So she put five goldfish in a bowl and it was no time until one died. 1522. 1531. If a white spider falls down in front of you. some say the left stocking may be used. A brown spider suspended before your face is a token of good luck. 1545. unlucky say others. "If you see a spider in the morn. If a fishing-worm is cut in half. 1507. 1509. 1540. An old Negro woman who years ago worked as charwoman in the former red-light district on lower Broadway said.Crayfish (1530-1536) 1530. If a spider spins a web from the ceiling in the morning.32 "If you see a spider in the morning. A spider on you or on your clothes foretells good luck. lay this package on the left side of your breast against the skin. It is unlucky to have a spider spin its web across your kitchen door. 1543. you will be lively all year. Hold a sea shell to your ear and you can hear the sea roaring. "A sporting woman always puts a spider in her right stocking. As a method for securing luck: catch a black spider. are considered lucky. Anybody finding a crawfish with one claw will be lucky. 1521. Some say the spider must be caught while it is crawling on you or dropping down in front of you. 1528. If a spider (a black one in particular) falls down in front of you and then goes up its thread. 1542. If you see a spider at night. the innumerable earthworms that crawled up through the spaces between the bricks after a heavy spring-rain were frequently thought to have fallen from the sky. if in the afternoon or at night. AQUATIC ANIMAL LIFE (1530-1543) Sea Shell . each part will crawl away and become a whole worm. If in the spring you see a toad before seeing a snake. A wasp flying into the house is a good omen. 1526. A live spider wrapped in a piece of paper and put under the inner sole of your right shoe gives you good luck. 1529. one may be carried for luck. 1532. After you see the first worm in the spring. 1538. provided the spider is still living after the third day. Always drive the spider up its thread before walking under it." 1501. If a spider approaches you in the morning. bad luck say others. It'll bring you sorrow and harm. 1517. sorrow say others. Two bones from the head of a white perch. good luck may be expected say some. By keeping a piece of oyster shell in your pocketbook. the better the luck. 1514. "If you have goldfish in your house. 1506. 1527.Worm (1523-1529) 1523. you will be lazy all year. 1546." 1511. It will bring you joy and delight. There are two precious stones in the head of a crawfish.Minnow . If a person sweeps down a spider web in the house. you will be ailing all the time until you get them out. 1535. It is lucky to find a crawfish having one large claw and one small claw. 1533. Fish sometimes fall from the sky during a rain. "I had a friend that didn't believe this: never to put uneven goldfish in a bowl. 1503. Never walk under a spider that is falling down. wrap it up in a piece of brown paper. 1505." 1524. 1515." 1539. it means good luck. 1518. good luck is signified. 1508. unlucky say others. it denotes good luck say some." 1541. If a small spider hangs down in front of you. The croaking of frogs at midnight on a battlefield will be followed by a battle within three days. To awake in the morning and discover that a spider has spun a web in your room during the night is lucky. on the porch. . Always buy your goldfish. FROG . the smaller the spider. you will have bad luck.

A woman had a cow and sold milk to customers in the neighborhood. When she was a little girl she would catch every snake she would see and put them in bottles. you didn't kill little Jodie?' That was her pet snake. "My aunt lived over in the Bottom. Her father told her he would whip her if he found her with another snake. 1578. unless the cow is bewitched. The farmer who kills a frog or toad may expect bloody milk from his cows. Time went on and she started again picking up snakes. This is said to be especially true of black snakes. She came to me crying and wanted to know what happened to her snakes. they appear in April. A hoop-snake. 1549. Snakes can be created by letting horsehair remain in water.a snake that chases a person and whips him." 1582." 1568. A snake charms its victim before striking. "My daughter was very fond of snakes. your cows will give buttermilk. 1561. Never kill a snake that has been sucking a cow. always shows that a cow has been sucked by a snake. they do not like the smell of this vegetable. lay a braid of horsehair (from the horse's tail say some) or a rope on the ground so that it circles you completely. 1571. One day a little girl came to report that her mother would no longer buy the milk because it was bloody. The snake-doctor (dragon fly) warns a snake when danger is near. When she came home. 1579. 1562. you will soon lose your best friend. If you cut up a joint-snake. 1580. for it is a very old saying. A frog killed is the sign of a new enemy made. and I don't want to catch you with any more or I will hide you. Very rare is the coachwhip --. My aunt said. 'I did. the spring will dry up. 1573. and when the danger has passed.' But we could not keep her away from snakes." 1557. Gourds grown in the garden will rid your property of snakes. "Years ago I lived in a house down in the Bottoms where the place was just full of rattlesnakes. You could never go out in the yard unless you would see snakes everywhere. The husband pick the snake up and threw it out the door without killing it. she had to have the cow killed. She had a little baby about three years old. 1584. so I took old rubber and shoes and put them all around the house and set them on fire to let them burn up. father. 1550. One day he took all of her snakes and killed them. If you find a snake drinking milk from a cup out of which some of the milk was previously drunk by a child. . March thunder wakes up snakes. We were always afraid she would be bitten by a snake. I always thought after that. This will make the child a snake charmer. would rather have a snake any day than a calf to suck. we would of lost our child. 1552. spit on the first toad you see. is pointed and hard like a horn. 1581. the tree will die. a snake will never cross over the ground. If you kill a frog. 1585. 1583. Rattlesnakes will always shake their rattles three times to warn you before they attack. '0h. 1566. The first thunder of the year awakens snakes. the child will not live long. most snakes seem to be fond of sucking cows. This time the hoopsnake. To kill or step on a toad makes your cows go dry.33 1547. Rain water and tail hair are usually prescribed. 1548. A rattlesnake will never strike a small child. 1563. She said. So the owner. 'Do you want your child to die? If I had of killed the snake. After a snake has drunk milk from a cup out of which a child was drinking milk. told him it was eating the child's bread. before the end of the day say some. It was not very strong and every day she would put it out in the yard in the sun to play. Hair from a grey horse makes this transformation gradually." 1558. having raised its tail and curved it forwards until the tip can be grasped by the mouth to form a circle. Never kill a toad. each hair eventually will become a snake. for if the snake is killed. before noon next day say others. Snakes cannot cross over either article. bluish snake with glassy eyes. that when my daughter was a little girl a snake must of charmed her." 1572. You can become lucky by carrying either the jawbone or breastbone of a tree toad. 1554." 1575. slim. 1567. afraid the snake would bite the child. Her father told her he had killed them. "We used to have our yard full of bullfrogs and we had all kind of luck. 1553. By killing a frog or toad you make yourself unlucky. The cows do like the snakes to suck them. 'pretty'. if the tail strikes a tree. but hair from a black horse is completely transformed at the end of nine days. After you have killed a frog or toad. If you kill a lizard (salamander) that lives at a spring. you will die'. 1574. 1555. 1551. its mate will come to the body. and blood in the milk. To protect yourself against snakes at night when camping. 1560. A snake will swallow her young in times of danger. Some call this reptile a horned-snake because the end of its tail. During a dry year you will see "lots and lots" of snakes. but usually the snake prefers to roll down a hill. the small snakes will crawl out of the mother's belly. holding a hoop over her head. when her mother slap the child's hand and grab her up. holding it up over her head. for a snake was following the child in the house. always let the snake escape. 1569. 1570. I told her ask her father. If you kill the first snake you see in the spring and burn it in your yard. "I always do this every spring for luck. which is called a milk-snake because it sucks a cow. for the animal is never any good after a snake has been sucking her. 1577. now we have no bullfrogs and we have nothing but bad luck. I had several small children and was afraid they would get in the house. And we didn't have any to get in the house. She would hold them up over her head. because where old shoes and rubber burn. the cow will go dry. Sore tits in a cow often come from having been bitten by a snake that has sucked them. 1565. before midnight say others. all of her snakes was gone out of the bottles. often rolls like a hoop along the ground. if a snake eat anything you have and you kill the snake. Similarly. who had been unaware of this trouble. the pieces will unite and the snake will crawl away. One day this child came in the house saying. because we could not keep her from picking up every snake she saw. all the snakes on your farm will leave . If a child plays with a snake and you kill the snake. a sort of stinger. A toad may be kept in your cellar for luck. especially the common blacksnake: "We sure did have a time with the blacksnakes when we were on the farm. the child will soon die. The child had a piece of bread in her hand and the snake was just ready to take a bite. 1556. She showed snakes in shows. 1559. 'Why didn't you kill it? ' He said. 1564. She would play with them all the time just like a girl would with her dolls. Eventually. 1576. let the child take another drink of the same milk. If a snake is killed during the mating season. by death say some. There is a long. And the mother looked and screamed at the same time. tested separately each of the cow's tits and discovered two of them giving bloody milk. A cow will become so attached to this snake that she will hold back her milk at night. Whoever kills a toad will stump his toe and stumble. for she always liked snakes and was never bitten by one. She called to her husband to come and kill the snake. before sunset say some. pritly' — the child could not say. She even went to the county fair with a hoopsnake. I killed every one. your house will catch fire. In the latter case. 'Pritly.

I lost my job that week. 'Oh. 1635. 1590. some kind of separation is foretold.Blue Jay . 1626. That article of your clothing on which a bird lets dung fall without arousing your anger will last twice as long. if it enters through a door. You can capture a bird by putting salt on its tail. 1633. A bird fluttering against a window is considered an unlucky sign by some and a lucky sign by others. for that is trouble in the family. 1593. always draw a cross on them for luck. one of your best friends is an enemy. better toned say others. The former belief is the usual one. If you leave home on business and a bird crosses your path from right to left. but others say this act overcomes all your enemies that year. get out at once and kill the snake to prevent being unlucky all year. Both the positive and negative aspects of this belief have been modernized: if your automobile runs over the first snake of the season. 1596. Birds wheeling over the house denote visitors. 1638. 1612. for it would bring you luck. It is unlucky to kill a turtle which you yourself do not intend to eat. 1615." 1601. bad luck may be expected. "One day I went somewhere and I saw five snakes. 1619. bad according to others. When I got home I told my mother-in-law and she said. If a turtle bites you. 1600. The killing of a snake is a cause of sorrow. 1617. you will meet an ill-tongued person. if a person does not kill the first snake of the season. If a bird flaps its wings three times while passing above you. 1639. it brings bad luck all year. "Whenever my grandma would have a snake to cross her path. 1611. 1623. remove its rattles. 1620. I am so sorry. I took a long journey. bad luck. you would be picking up a lot of trouble.34 1586. it will not let go until there is thunder. It is lucky to put salt on the tail of a bird. The latter is sometimes called hasty or speedy news.' And it was no time until my husband and I separated. 1632. it will hold on until sunset." 1629. you will be lucky all year." 1604. It is unlucky to see a large blacksnake. Good luck comes from keeping a turtle in your garden. look for good luck. others say. Do not kill a snake that runs away from you. 1599. Sometimes these rattles are carried in a pocket or pocketbook for luck. 1594. BIRDS (1618-1771) Birds . A snake seen while crawling is unlucky. 1608. 1637. If a person kills the first snake of the season. If a bird flying overhead drops dung on you and you do not become angry. Some say a bird singing near your front door indicates good luck. 1605. Three snakes killed on the same day by the same person give him good luck. to fail in killing the first snake means your friends will turn against you. Coming into the house through a door or window and going out the same door or window. 1636. Turtles when killed will live until the sun goes down. "One day I was out in the yard and a bird over me dropped something on my thumb. A snake never dies until sunset. 1610. If a snake crosses your path. 1591. 1607. You can conquer your enemies by killing a snake and burying it near your door before sunset. To rob a bird nest causes bad luck. 1614. Keep a turtle bone in your pocket for luck. 'Will you kill that snake for me?' And he did. an enemy is trying to harm you. 1630. it brings good luck all year. 1625. Trouble accompanies a bird entering the house. good according to some. 1592. "Years ago I was working for a man for seven long years and we got along fine until one day his brother and wife came to see him. you will meet with success at the end of your journey. it is some enemy running away and you will have good luck by letting matters rest as they are. If the first snake you see in the spring is dead. 1621.Canary (1618-1660) 1618. you will receive news. the better). Beware of being bitten by a turtle. either you have no enemies or someone else has killed your enemies for you. Do not chase a blacksnake out of your yard or away from your farm or kill it. 1597. The significance of a bird sitting in your window is a letter.Blackbird . To kill the first snake of the season is to overcome your worst enemy say some. The first person seeing a bird that has entered the house through a window will soon encounter bad luck. To know the name of the first bird heard in the spring makes a person lucky all year. After a bird flutters against your window. . Several days after they were there I went out the front door and a big black snake was lying across the path. I went South. a snake seen at rest is lucky. a bird leaves good luck behind. if the snake does not die after your automobile has run over it. 1627. good luck may be expected. Never pick up a skin cast by a snake in early spring.Bluebird . The last part of a snake to die is its tail. Occasionally. 1603. she would always turn and look at the sun to keep from having bad luck. 1624. Always accept the gift of a bird. you will have good luck so long as the snake stays. "An old saying of my grandfather was to always try to catch a turtle after sundown. and carry them in a small bag on your body to ward off all forms of bad luck. If I had of killed that snake I would of conquered my enemies and got to stay. If a chirping bird approaches you. A number of birds circling above your head means good luck for you or your family. 1609. I said to his brother. Before crossing over snake tracks in the dust of a road. You may catch a rattlesnake (the older. 1634. happiness will follow. 1598." 1589. 1587. The person who kills a snake in May will subdue his enemies for twelve months. 1631." 1616. The contrary is sometimes believed. especially. To have a bird circle around you is a fortunate omen. 1606. Rattlesnake rattles kept in a violin make the instrument easier to play say some. If a snake gets into the house. If you see a snake at rest and it is curled up. 1622. A snake getting into a tent on the battle grounds denotes the approach of enemies. 1602. 1628. 1595. but the brother and wife got to stay over me letting him kill the snake. The person who captures a wild bird and keeps it caged will be unfortunate. 1588. 1613. After you have met a snake.

1683. The wishbone from a canary may be worn for luck. The person to whose house a dove comes will soon have a new friend. This is so. X. you will go uphill all year. Hasty news will be received after a bird has flown into and out of a house. which held all of her china plates. 1648. 1672. 1657. someone you are not expecting will soon be met. If the first two birds you see in the spring are trying to mate. there is added: if you are going on level ground. Omens from the number of crows in sight are as follows: "One's unlucky. sickness throughout the year.Crow . the token is one of good news. It is lucky to find an eagle feather. 1651. they do. fell and broke all of the dishes. and let someone come up on them without giving the warning. As soon as you hear the first dove cooing. Three is health. if you find eggs in the nest. if to your right. if to your left. 1656. the meaning is losses. two's lucky. if you split its tongue. If a strange canary flies into the house. 1668. but if the bird flies into the house through a window lowered from the top. because on this day each bird carries a grain of sand to the devil. . you will have good luck all year. the dead bird must be nailed to a board and displayed in the cornfield. 1659. a death before the end of the year. The direction in which you hear the call of the first dove is the direction towards which you will soon travel or make your longest journey during the year. Cedar Waxwing . 1682. tie a gold ring to a string and hold this over the bird: if it is a singer. 1675. 1679. she would. 1647. 1650. A canary poking its beak through the bars of the cage is a sign of company. 1654. the ring will remain still. A crow can be taught to talk. because she said it was bad luck to catch a stray canary. 1685. the token is one of bad luck. 1665. If you meet a bluebird. and if behind you.Eagle . X's friend caught the canary and put it in a cage. a long journey that year. To have a hawk fly over your head is lucky. a birth in the family. Sickness will come to that house into which a bird flies and rests on the bed. 1678. If a bird flies into the house through a window raised from the bottom. if you are sitting. X. if it is not a singer. If you find an empty turtledove nest. If on finding a dead bird you take off one of the wings and hang it over the door.Hawk (1661-1687) 1661. The direction in which you hear the call of a dove in the morning is the direction towards which you will travel before five o'clock that afternoon. Omens from the call of the first turtledove are interpreted according to your posture at the time of hearing: if you are standing. said if she didn't catch it. By killing a crow and nailing it to a door you give yourself good luck. one crow will sit about one-hundred yards off each way. A white dove flying above your head foretells good luck." 1664. 1645. 1644. bad luck is signified. And Mrs. A bluebird singing near your house is bringing you happiness. 1677. 1641. because this bird was the first to discover land during the Biblical flood. I have often watched them holding court on a sand bar. it betokens good luck. kill one of the birds and nail it to the cherry tree. sad news will be heard. The foot of a bird may be carried in your pocketbook for luck. but for protecting your corn. As a protection against blackbirds eating your cherries. I told you I would have bad luck'!" 1660. To discover whether a canary can or cannot sing. The first person in his community to see the first bluebird of the season will be lucky. 1652. 1643. 1649. and the direction toward which the head of the bird points will be the direction you should travel that year for luck. Cedar waxwings stopping in your yard as they fly to or from the South are an omen of good luck. bad luck will soon overtake you. 1680. There will be an argument after a bird gets into the house. 1671. walk round the tree three times. "Did you know that crows hold court? Well. The shooting of an American eagle causes bad luck. After a dove flies over your house. 1674. Five is sickness. And if one of those guards fail to warn the other bunch of crows of any danger they see. and if you are lying down. A blue jay in your yard is an indication of good luck.35 1640. According to some the killing of a dove is a sin. you will go downhill all year. It is unlucky to hear the call of the rain crow. four is wealth. The house near which blackbirds are flocking together will soon have a quarrel. "A friend of Mrs. A crow roost near the house brings bad luck. 1686. The call of the first turtledove means as follows: if it is in front of you. 1684. health or prosperity all year. 1666. It was a very beautiful one. for I have lived on the river all my life." 1667. the ring will swing back and forth. If a white dove roosts on or in a building owned by you. Blue jays are never seen on Friday. If the first turtledove calls while you are going up a hill. And the lady said. 1676. sickness. and if you find young birds in the nest. and when it does. you will be lucky so long as the wing hangs there. and six is death. saw a canary in the yard and she didn't know whether she wanted to catch it or not. 'See. 1681 If a turtledove lights on your porch or house.Dove . 1673. Two birds fighting are a portent of bad news. 1653. the other crows hold court on the sand and always kill the guard or guards that did not warn them of danger. Misfortune comes from killing a dove. 1655. And the next day the rack around the room. 1642. a death before the end of the year. it denotes good luck or peace. The crows always have guards. prosperity all year. your business will remain the same that year. So Mrs. Sometimes this omen refers to success or failure in business during the year. 1658. but if it calls while you are going down a hill. 1670. 1663. 1669. If on your journey a crow flies across the path. A blackbird crossing your path signifies bad luck before you reach your destination. sickness throughout the year. 1662. 1646. go to the tree where it is. Good news is brought by a white dove flying against your window.

1722. 1703. If an owl hoots at midnight. you may expect good luck. A kingfisher near the house is a lucky token. 1706. 1738. It is unfortunate to hear a screech owl while you are on a journey.Redbird . For some a parrot is unlucky.Robin . 1737.he thought the man at the house was hollering for him to keep on plowing. 1710. To stop the hooting of an owl. 'Look out for trouble!' And her son got in trouble the same day and went to jail. One morning a redbird came out and just kept picking on the window.Swallow (1724-1758) 1724. you will hear good news. If while on a journey you meet a redbird." Kingfisher . I said. drop a hatpin into the chimney of a lighted lamp. And I found my lumber. bad luck will be the result. 1729. 1690. To stop the hooting of an owl. The first redbird coming to your house will be followed by company before the end of the month. heat a poker in the fire and leave it there. take off both your shoes and set them upside down.36 1687. and I did. If a martin builds a nest in your chimney. 'You kept hollering for me to make another round. 1731. As soon as you see a redbird. burn some salt on the stove. A distinction is occasionally made between an owl hoot meaning a change of weather and an owl hoot meaning misfortune. 1705. Quail . 1714. "Just this spring over on Bay Island an old owl got over my house and holler once real hard --.Parrot . "Years ago I knew a man that thought he was going to lose his place [farm]. If one hears an owl hooting in the night and another owl answering it. It is lucky to see a redbird and bluebird together. 1711. knot a corner of the bedsheet. To stop the hooting of an owl.' If you see an owl in the daytime. provided the bird is looking to the south. throw it three kisses and you will get a letter. 1728. 1691. To stop the hooting of an owl. did not go in to supper. trouble is approaching. To stop the hooting of an owl. A redbird hovering about the back door (anywhere near the house say some) foretells trouble. 1735. 1726. A person whose path is crossed by a redbird will receive a letter. tie a knot in your apron string. 1717. 1693. 1708. if you see an owl at night. 1721. 'Make another round. To stop the hooting of an owl. The first redbird seen in the spring brings you good luck. bad luck will befall you. according to others it is Wheat ripe. . A person hearing a redbird in the morning will be lucky all day. To stop the hooting of an owl. wheat ripe. one person will steal. 1702. The person who imitates the hooting of an owl or mocks an owl by imitation will be unlucky. a member of your family will meet with an accident. pull the pockets of your trousers inside out. To stop the hooting of an owl. 1727. 1715. unexpected company will come to your house. because this owl had told me one person did the stealing. "We had a neighbor out in the North End. make a knot in your shirt tail. 1713. It is lucky to see a redbird at anytime. 1741. grandfather would say. An owl seen during the day is a warning of sickness. a brass kettle may be turned upside down. According to some the song of the quail is Bob white. 1725.Sparrow . 'I am going out in the woods to see if I can see an old owl so I will have good luck. To stop the hooting of an owl. 1707. 1739." 1704. Do not destroy a martin nest. 1742. Never scare an owl away from your house or farm." 1733. To stop the hooting of an owl.' Then they found out that an old owl in the tree was doing the hollering. An owl hooting on your house is a lucky omen. take off your left shoe and set it upside down. turn your apron wrongside out. if he holler two times. but the recent disease psitticosis seems now to have upset this balance in favor of the bad-luck interpretation. At night the hooting of an owl portends bad luck. bob white. two persons will steal from you --. 1698. 1736. If during the night you hear an owl hoot three times near your house. 1718. To stop the hooting of an owl. An old owl that was sitting in a tree was hollering. If a redbird flies round your house. If a pewee (phoebe) comes and calls only once near your house. 1697. will bring good. 1740. He said. 1732. "Out on north Thirty-sixth Street years ago a German was plowing out in the field. 1734. If an owl is heard hooting exactly at midnight. 1723. the latter mournful." 1719. 1709. heat a shovel in the fire and leave it there or hold it out the door. A redbird that sings near your door is a token of company. To stop the hooting of an owl. 1699. To stop the hooting of an owl. If you see a redbird in your yard. the former being cheerful. 1716. think of three dead relatives and you will have good luck. A redbird singing on your porch three mornings in succession indicates the approach of a stranger. 1696. The shooting of an owl is unlucky. An owl hooting on your house is an unlucky omen. 1695. So when it got dark the farmer went out to see why the man did not come to supper. To hear an owl just at daybreak is lucky.Owl . 1730. 1701. 1712. To have a redbird fly across your path is unlucky. 1694. The person who sees a redbird will soon get a surprise. 1720. somebody will steal something from you within three days." 1692.and. If a redbird sings in your yard. take off both your shoes and cross one over the other. sign someone will steal from you: if the owl holler only once. If an owl hoots while sitting on a fence. trouble may be expected. you will have good luck. you will meet someone you are not expecting.Phoebe (1688-1723) 1688. "I remember when I was a little girl. make another round' --. for others it is lucky. 1700. 1689. look for bad luck. the next day I came to Quincy. that's bad luck. The day you see a redbird in your yard you will be disappointed.Martin . Some say this knot must be tied in the left corner of the sheet. a man stole my lumber. and he got a hawk and nailed it up by the feet against the door and he never lost his place.if an owl holler over your house.

Eggs carried into or out of the house after dark cause bad luck. "If I find a very small egg in the nest I never take it out of the nest until it rots. It should be broken at once. The finding of a soft-shelled egg brings bad luck. 1764. "Just before the Wiley Post and Will Rogers accident I saw two chimney swallows flying into one another. and your hens will not lay any more small eggs that year. By keeping the breastbone of a sparrow in your pocket you will never be without money. 1788. 1771. As soon as you hear the first whippoorwill you should shake the pocket that holds your purse. It is also said a robin nest is lucky only when built on some part of your house. Lightning does not strike a house that has a swallow nest in the chimney. money. Swallows carry bedbugs and bring them into the house through the chimney. A large flock of sparrows met on the road is an omen of good luck. Woodpeckers near your house are a lucky omen. saying Money. A robin seen in the morning is a sign of a visitor that day. " 1781. "My grandmother said if you find a small egg in the henhouse. Hit a hen on the back and she will lay an egg. A redbird flying into your house signifies that your house is going to burn. 1752. The last egg of a hen before she stops laying for the season is very small. 1758. 1773. To obtain money throughout the year. 1791. To avert this misfortune: lift up the egg in your left hand. 1770. choose those laid by hens hatched in the new moon. 1775. a visitor will soon tap at your door. 1756. An egg with two yokes will hatch a twin chicken. 1765. the parents will destroy one fledgling by pushing it out of the nest for they invariably raise only two birds. 1760.Woodpecker . sick all year. 1744. Always feed the first robin for luck. 1774.Wren (1759-1771) 1759. The killing of a wren is unlucky. 1792. Count eggs on Sunday and you will be unlucky. 1757. It was only a few minutes until we heard of the Post accident. 1749. 1789. Do not kill a swallow. a lot of trouble. Robins building a nest near your house bring good luck. stand with your back to the henhouse. To hear a robin singing before you get up in the morning means good luck all day. Always keep your eggs in a tub and take them to town in the same tub for luck in selling them. If you are standing when the call of the first whippoorwill is heard. 1783. I said. You can stop a hen from brooding by tucking her head under a wing and ducking her three times into a tub of water. If a turkey buzzard flies over your barn. "Just before my grandmother took sick a sparrow got into the house. The person who happens to be holding something in his hand when he hears the first whippoorwill will have trouble that year: if the object is small. Do not set the first nine eggs a hen lays. 1780. It is unlucky to find a small egg. 1782." 1755. 1766. pick it up. and you will not be without money during the year. As soon as a small egg is found in a nest. sign of an airplane accident. If a woodpecker taps on a tree near your house. 1785. If you see a great number of sparrows crowding together in an excited manner on the road." 1776. and she had a long sick spell and almost died. for I think it very bad luck and would not take it out for anything. 1779." 1763. To secure good setting-eggs. Bad luck comes to those who kill a woodpecker. A hen never lays eggs near a potato patch. 1762. 1745. You must not watch where the egg goes or search for it. tail. Some say you will be unlucky unless every robin is stamped. To preserve or eat this egg will make you unlucky. she will not set that year. if the object is large. or neck. if lying down. Pat your pocketbook while listening to the first whippoorwill and that year you will secure money. for they are no good. On seeing a robin you may stamp it for luck. If a robin nest has three eggs and these are hatched. 1754. . look into your purse on hearing the first whippoorwill. 1793. money. bad luck will follow. Never beat an egg on the day it is laid. A hen will not eat her own eggs.for if you see two chimney swallows flying into one another. 'You will hear of an accident' --. 1753. 1748. A woodpecker tapping on your house is a sign of sickness. Eggs are not laid by hens on a windy day. you will have bad luck. 1761. If you set a mature egg found in a killed hen. 1787. A whippoorwill sitting on the roof of a house portends a financial loss for the family living there. To gather eggs after dark is unlucky. Never kill a robin. 1767. To prevent a broody hen from setting: tie a red string around her leg.Whippoorwill . 1784. 1794. 1746. if you burn the shells after using them. throw the egg over your left shoulder. 1777. The person who sets an egg with a double yolk will fail in raising chickens that year. so when I hear the first whippoorwill I can put my hand on that money so I will have money all year." Turkey Buzzard . there will be an accident. 1768. if only a dime.37 1743. 1790. find the hen and kill her to keep bad luck out of the house. If you boil the first egg a pullet lays. but it will live only a few days. step outside. CHICKEN -HEN -EGGS -ROOSTER (1772-1975) 1772. 1747. some of your cattle will die. This misfortune can be averted by throwing the egg over the henhouse or over your own house. My mother always called them the witch egg and would not move them. 1786. step outside the henhouse. 1769. 1750. and toss the egg across your left shoulder so that it will go over the henhouse. it will make you unlucky. the chick will have feathers lying in the opposite direction from those of normal chickens. 1751. 1778. you will be healthy all year. a little trouble. "Every spring I carry a piece of money.

1831. A hen set to hatch in the full of the moon will have a nestful of chicks. 1819. If you set a hen to hatch in the light of the moon. others say these eggs will not hatch even when put under another hen. the chicks will be healthy and grow quickly. "I have a friend up at Clayton that never set a hen unless she put some dirt in the nest before the straw so the thunder will not shake up the eggs. for the eggs will not hatch. Some say a hen set on Sunday will hatch few eggs. "I have always found the best time to set a hen was when the sign was in the thigh (Sagittarius). An empty jug near the nest protects setting-eggs against thunder. 1844. A hen set on Sunday during a north wind hatches all the eggs. Chickens hatched from eggs set in the afternoon will sleep all the time. always reach down and get a handful of sand just before you start over the water and put that sand over your eggs in whatever you are carrying them in and they will hatch well. A woman who formerly lived near Marblehead said she could not raise chickens there because the blasting at the lime-kiln quarries always spoiled the eggs. If you set a hen in the morning. the chicks will never squall. Use thirteen eggs to a setting for luck. 1798. they will have bowel trouble all the time. If you set a hen in the light of the moon." 1840." 1818. Fifteen eggs to a setting will hatch well. 1821. if you set your hens when the wind is in the northwest. Chickens of various colors are procured by setting the eggs on Ash Wednesday. the various colors in the clothing of the church-goers produces this result. will hatch three days sooner. 1800. and only got one chicken out of all the eggs. if they are set after sundown.38 1795. unless the wind was in the northwest. A hen set in an old hat will hatch every egg. "I have lived on a farm for years and know this is so: never set a hen when the sign is in the bowels (Virgo)." 1820. the chicks will be stronger. "Never set a hen when the wind is in the east. Eggs taken through a running stream will hatch. If you set a hen in the light of the moon. taking them over water. 1801." 1814. 1824. If you count your chickens before they hatch. they will not holler. 1799. they won't hatch. 1796. The first brooding hen of the season should be set on Monday for luck in raising chickens that year. 1846. Setting-eggs kept near salt will not hatch. you will not be successful with them. 1828. half of the chicks hatched will be deformed. 1808. to have good healthy chickens. Set a hen on Friday and she will bring you crosses to bear. To procure chickens of different colors. . reach down and get a handful of sand and put that sand in the nest under the geese eggs to make them hatch. most of the eggs will rot. If it thunders during the incubation. you will have good luck with the eggs. Chicks hatched from eggs set after sundown will not weep. 1829. 1839. 1815." 1810. if she was carrying geese eggs. If you set a hen as early as possible in the morning. My mother years ago. 1813. 1817. Every egg of a setting will hatch. 1845. the chicks will grow weaker with the moon and become sickly chickens. 1803. If you are crossing water with geese eggs. 1848. more eggs will spoil than hatch. 1825. 1827. All broody hens throughout the season should be set on Monday for luck. 1826. If you don't do this. If you set a hen to hatch in the light of the moon. the thunder will enter the jug and not jar the eggs. 1822. Eggs set in the morning will hatch several days sooner than eggs set in the afternoon. 1841. 1809. Write the name of a prosperous person on each egg of a setting and every egg will hatch. 1842. If a hen is setting in a barn and the barn door slams. Set a hen at sunrise in the light of the moon and all the eggs will hatch. A hen set on thirteen eggs does not raise half of her chicks. If you set a hen to hatch in the light of the moon. Protect setting eggs against thunder by putting a flat piece of iron or a handful of nails under the straw of the nest. Never set a hen on an even number of eggs. if she went to set chicken eggs or geese eggs and had to go across a stream of water like a little branch: if she had chicken eggs. if in the afternoon. Someone told me this and I thought I would try. 1847. the eggs will spoil. or in the southeast say others. she would reach down and get a handful of sand and put it over her eggs. 1802. 1835. Chickens hatched in the sign of the bowels (Virgo) will die from diarrhea. 1805. Write someone's name on each egg of a setting and every egg will hatch. 1833. the chicks will grow with the moon and become strong chickens. 1804. 1811. Eggs carried across water will never hatch. 1836. If you carry eggs in your apron to the nest. 1830. 1832. set the eggs on Sunday morning as the congregation leaves church. "My grandmother would wait a week before she would set a hen. others say she will hatch all the eggs. 1806. If a hen is set during an east wind. 1849. provided you spit on each egg before crossing the water. Eggs set on a cloudy day never hatch. She said. The sign of the feet (Pisces) is a good time for setting hens. all the eggs will hatch. 1838. 1812. if in the dark of the moon. for if you do. Eggs set while the wind is in the south say some. the chickens hatched will heap all the time. if in the dark of the moon. they will stand about chirping all the time say others. 1797. "If you have to cross water to set your chicken eggs. Select the sign of the breast (Cancer) as the time to set hens. white diarrhea say some." 1843. 1837. If a hen is set in the sign of the guts (Virgo). Some say this is true because the hen will desert a nest containing water-crossed eggs. every egg will be ruined. but chicks hatched in the dark of the moon will not thrive. 1823. Setting-eggs kept near a lard jar will not hatch. bad luck. Always set a hen at five o'clock in the afternoon for best results. they will not hatch. more of the eggs will be hatched. she would put the sand in the nest with the eggs to have a good hatch. Do not set eggs on a windy day. 1834. 1816. 1807. the chicks will not do well say some. If you set a hen in the dark of the moon. The best time to set a hen for a good hatch is exactly at noon. you will be unsuccessful with the eggs.

afternoon-laid eggs hatch pullets. eggs laid during the rest of the day hatch pullets. 'How do you carry your eggs out?' I said." 1878. As a cure for or a prevention of gap (the gapes). drop a piece of iron into their drinking water and also let them eat corn saturated with urine. 1864. if you clean the henhouse on Ash Wednesday. 1896. slim eggs hatch roosters. If a person carries the eggs in a man's straw hat to the nest and sets them during the first quarter of the moon. letting the head hang down: if it is a rooster. 1895. a pullet. you may expect roosters. To avoid this and to make certain of securing pullets. There will not be any lice or mites on your chickens. June-hatched chickens sleep all the time. 1856. the chickens will be healthy and pretty. 1859. 1869.' So I did. 1901. Within several days the chicken was well. Eggs collected in a box and left there until setting-time hatch roosters. "I used to get so many roosters when I would set my hens. 1890. 1874. if a man. If while on her nest the head of a setting-hen faces east. The size of an egg determines its sex: large eggs hatch roosters. It is a general belief that pullets will be hatched from eggs set in the morning and roosters from eggs set in the afternoon. Gather the eggs in a basket and leave them there until they are set and they will hatch pullets. You will get speckled chickens from eggs set on Easter. An egg with a dark-colored shell will hatch a rooster. 1871. if on the top. but some believe the contrary. never any pullets. sink a turtle shell level with the ground in the chicken yard and let chicks drink water from it. 1872. 1879. set the eggs to hatch during the light of the moon. a rooster would have been hatched. Chickens hatching from eggs laid and set in June will die. fat eggs hatch pullets. To secure pullets. roosters are hatched from eggs set before sundown. A woman bought five chickens. 1863. and the remaining one became sick. a spring-hatched hen will lay only on alternate days. 1900. 1867. 1889. Eggs set on Good Friday produce varicolored chickens. Ascension Day] --. you will get roosters. To learn whether little chickens will be roosters or pullets. 1894. A round rock put in a fire will draw up a hawk's claws so that it cannot seize your chickens. if north. "I always carry my eggs out in the strainer to set them to get pullets. 1893." 1881. tie a gold ring on a string and hold it above one egg at a time: if the ring swings back and forth over the egg. Dust your henhouse with ashes on Green Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and the chickens will not get any lice that year. short eggs hatch pullets. 1866. always wear gloves. 1904. . 1885. your chickens will be pullets. 1897. You can have pullets from setting-eggs by carrying them in your apron to the nest. 1883. she will lie absolutely still. 1862. If chickens are hatched in June during the dark of the moon.you will have fine chickens and every egg will hatch ---and they were so fine she always got more money for them. roosters come from the second half. Chickens will not catch lice the year during which you sprinkle ashes in the henhouse on the first of March. throw a horseshoe into the fire and leave it there until hot. Eggs laid early in the morning hatch roosters. 1882. Game cocks hatched in March when Mars is ruling will be better fighters. a hen. 1880. not the Anglican meaning. Put one horseshoe in the fire and another under the doorstep so that hawks will not molest your chickens. 'Always in a bucket. 1899. 1860. Ashes scattered in the henhouse on Good Friday protect chickens against lice and rats. 1868. 1853. an egg with a light-colored shell will hatch a pullet. 1876. therefore. set the eggs on the sixth or seventh of any month. If you place the eggs under a setting-hen with your right hand. If you scatter ashes in the henhouse on Ash Wednesday before sunrise. but if it is a pullet. Candle an egg: if the air space is on the side. If you set eggs laid on Good Friday. your chickens will not thrive. your chickens will never have any lice. This is the general rule. If a hawk is flying about. small eggs hatch pullets. watch to see who enters your house first on New Year's Day: if a woman. 1855. 1887. The shape of an egg determines its sex: long eggs hatch roosters. Pullets come from the first half of the eggs laid by a hen. write a different female name on each egg of the setting. 1891. to secure roosters. Sprinkle salt over the tail of a chick when it is from three to five days old and neither hawk nor anything else will capture it. Chickens hatched early in the morning are roosters.39 1850. Never set eggs on Sunday. 1865. and pointed eggs hatch roosters stumpy or blunt eggs hatch pullets. 1858. For white diarrhea among chickens. 1877. Boil an egg hard and cut it open: if the yolk is dark yellow. 1852. An autumn-hatched hen will lay every day. a rooster. 1875. round eggs hatch pullets. You can obtain pullets by setting the eggs any time during daylight. if with your left hand. To ascertain whether eggs will hatch roosters or hens. pullets. 1861. 'Try carrying them out in a pan and see if you don't get pullets. if the ring remains still. pullets will be hatched. roosters. Hens should be set in the dark of the moon for pullets and in the light of the moon for roosters. She went to the henhouse and said Now God never put any sickness on anything. Thursday in Holy Week. especially when they are taken out to the nest. they will kill themselves by sleeping. everything is perfect. "I had a friend that always set eggs that were laid on Holy Thursday [here the Roman Catholic meaning. the eggs will hatch pullets. because it is easy. If you touch setting-eggs with your bare hands while handling them.' She said. but a rock of any shape may be used. A setting of eggs laid on Easter will hatch speckled chickens say some or chickens of different colors say others. that roosters come from a morning setting and pullets from an afternoon setting. Morning-laid eggs hatch roosters. 1892. 1854. Pullets are hatched from eggs set before sunrise. 1902. If your rooster is whipped by a neighbor's rooster. A turkey buzzard flying down among your chickens will give them colic. A woman said. it will be a rooster. 1888. flat eggs hatch roosters. 1857. 1870. Roosters will hatch from setting-eggs that are carried in a man's hat to the nest. To have a good hatch of chickens. as a counteractant. four of which soon died. if light yellow. feed them corn that has been soaked in urine. And after that I got more pullets. If you want to know whether you will raise pullets or roosters during the year. it will hatch a hen. 1903. A hen must be set in the morning before eleven o'clock to get pullets. the bird's claws will become so clinched that it will be unable to capture your chickens. roosters. To have chickens free from disease. you will raise roosters. hold each of them up by the feet. 1886. 1898. he will bend his head upwards until it meets his feet. 1884." 1851. a different male name. 1873.

bad news may be expected." 1922. You can make your chickens stay home by cutting off their tail feathers and throwing them back into the chicken yard. 1947. 1944. To have a rooster crow on the porch signifies company. I did this last week and got a letter with a big check in I was not looking for. 1958. If a chicken enters a bedroom. and we had nothing but trouble for years. 'Don't you know if you put chicken feathers in your bedtick or pillows. before midnight say some. 1914. do not let the head die in your hand. 1918. 1938. 1913. 1931. "If a chicken crows early in the morning. turning them over three times while so doing. before breakfast say some. Lay a wishbone over your door on New Year's Day and the first person to enter the house will be your friend that year. 1953. To make a rooster game and a good fighter: cut off the tips of his ears. If a chicken dies and you do not bury it outside your own yard. 1941.' I didn't do a thing but burn up all my nice feathers I had been saving so long for my pillows. it is a bad sign to have a rooster crow at night --. 'Oh. 1930. 1939. There is nothing to that old saying. If chickens gather quickly for their corn and eat it rapidly. I said. Many chickens on your porch.especially before midnight. To hear a general cackling among hens is an unlucky omen. you will receive unexpected news. bad luck may be expected. keep a black frizzly chicken in your yard. Newly purchased chickens will stay home. 1945. Whoever in pulling a wishbone gets the larger part should put it over the kitchen door for luck. To have a stray chicken come to your home is lucky. Never feed chickens after dark. 'Oh. 1948. 1933. Black chickens have a coarser meat than that of other chickens. and a woman came along and said. go back and turn the body over and your automobile will not run over another chicken. If you pick a rooster. 1935. We had a hen that just kept crowing early one morning. To keep chickens home after you have bought them: cut off their tail feathers and burn them so that they are not blown away by the wind. Two hens in a fight signify two women coming to your house: if the hens are old. It is unfortunate to have a rooster crow near your door. The person who can throw a feather over a house will find money on the other side of that house. a visit from two men. A crowing hen brings bad luck unless you kill her immediately. 1942. To hear a rooster crow between seven and eight o'clock at night foretells hasty news. you will get a letter from a friend. occasionally." For bewitched feathers. . 1908. A hen flying into the house through an open window portends sickness in the family. much company soon. 1946. been saving them for a long time. and in the clothes closet. do not let the body die in your hand. burn the feathers for luck. 1956. drying them to make some pillows that I need. for I didn't want the devil in our house. 1957.40 1905. An early-morning crowing by a rooster is a sign of company that day. 1950. it is unlucky to let any kind of animal die in your hand. 1920. If a hen and rooster fight. 1936. 1916. let her live. 1926. comb and wattles. for if the wind blows them away. before supper say others. If a grey chicken scratches under your window. 1921. It is unlucky to have a rooster walk into and out of the house. Never mock a crowing rooster. My mother said we should kill her and my father said. 'What are you doing with all those feathers hanging on the fence?' I had a sack on several of the posts. 1925. their own will have bad luck. An increase in the family is also foretold by a chicken that flies up and sits in the window. and turn them loose." 1932. 1907. 1940. Some say the rooster must crow on the front porch. Some say the rooster must crow on Sunday morning. 1943. and before bedtime say a few. you will have the devil in your house? for the devil is in chicken feathers. there will be an increase in the family. If a rooster crows three times and looks at you each time. After a rooster goes crowing to roost. 1951. A rooster that comes to the house and looks in without crowing is a token of good news. My mother said if another hen would ever crow again early in the morning it would not live. The person who hears a rooster crowing in the evening will soon have a stranger knock at the door. 1927. over the kitchen door. 1928. A rooster crowing in the afternoon is an omen of hasty news. To ward off bad luck. "Another old saying: if you can break a wishbone with someone and get the largest part. 1937. A hen jumping up on a fence and crowing means bad luck. you will be unlucky. 1955. 1949. before daybreak say others. but you can cancel this bad luck by killing the rooster at once. but this misfortune can be prevented by returning home and counting ten before you start out again. To have a rooster crow before daybreak denotes hasty news. unexpected news is denoted. It is very unlucky to kill a chicken by wringing its neck. but if they gather slowly and show no interest in eating. If you are out driving and kill a chicken by running over it. rub the chickens against the chimney. A wishbone may be hung in one of the following places for luck: over a door. their owner will have good luck. the other chickens will die. A chicken crossing your path makes you unlucky. The crowing of a rooster three times at your door betokens a letter. When a rooster crows before midnight. If about dusk a rooster crows three times at your door. It was not a week until my father had a stroke. Except during the Christmas season. put it in your mailbox and you will soon get some good news in the mail. 1910. 1912. 1906. if you chop off the head. a man and woman will come. the visitors will be old. 1919. if you clip off their tail feathers and burn them. and then let him eat these pieces. If a rooster crows at noon. hasty news will be received. a fool will soon visit you. 1952. 1915.' And we didn't kill her. 1934. Always chop off the head. 1909. your chickens will fly away too. see Witch wreath in Index. After a rooster has crowed at dusk. A chicken dying in your hand causes bad luck: if you wring off the head. 1917. you will be unlucky. Incidentally. 1954. kill her right away and you will not have bad luck. 1911. A rooster crowing on your doorstep on Sunday will cause bad luck in the family. 1929. you may look for some family misfortune. 1923. If a feather flies into your house. "I was drying chicken feathers one day about ten year ago. 1924. A fight between two roosters indicates a visit from a man. The significance of a rooster crowing three times on your doorstep is news or a letter from a distant relative.

To have a bat fly into the house is a sign of bad luck. turkeys with long claws have tough meat. lucky say a few.Rabbit . the animal will not let go until it thunders. "I knew a lady that bought a rug with a big peacock in the corner of the rug. If you set a duck in the light of the moon. A setting of goose eggs is spoiled by Tuesday thunder. lay iron around the nest. 1995. 2011. 2003.TURKEY (1976-2001) 1976. when my rooster comes and stands [without crowing] in the door. 1997. 1961. The household near which a rooster crows at night will have sickness before morning. To prevent lightning and thunder from harming goose eggs. 1978. If a rooster sits on a fence and crows while looking toward the house. look for a welcome visitor. this good news will be unexpected. the meat will be white and tender. A rooster crowing before your door is a warning of company. 2000. and if the pigeon sits in your window. After she had it down. Your rooster failing to crow in the morning is a portent of sickness in the family. 1969. WILD ANIMALS (2002-2061) Bat . The interpretation for a rooster crowing in your back yard is a male caller. if he crows while looking away from the house. but if in the dark of the moon. The door at which a rooster crows three times will soon be knocked on by a visitor. A bat hovering near your house signifies a misfortune. 1982. 1963. If a rooster crows at your door. A person whose rooster crows at the door in the morning will have company before the day is gone. More feathers are secured by picking geese in the moonlight." 1968. an unwelcome visitor. as a prevention of bleeding. The killing of a bat will cause trouble. It is unlucky to have a bat get into your hair. A strange pigeon coming to your house means good luck. 1966. but if you sneak into the roost at night. 1990. someone within is going away. The significance of a pigeon flying into the house is misfortune. 1983. you may expect company. 1993. It is said the cry of a guinea is sometimes Poor trash. a small amount. 2010. One must be careful when killing a guinea: if the guinea becomes angry or excited before you kill it. If a rooster stands at the door and crows while looking into the house. if he crows while looking away from the house. Turkeys with short claws have tender meat. to keep from having any more trouble. Peacock feathers in the house are unlucky say most people. there will be an increase in the family. 'Oh! you have a peacock in your rug. If a rooster stands on the front porch and crows while looking toward the house. 1973. Didn't you know that would bring you very bad luck? any kind of peacock in the house.' It was not a week until the lady with the new rug's husband hung himself. 2001. will keep out flies. company will arrive that day. 1999. one of the neighbor ladies went in to see it and said. the meat will be black and tough. 1980. 1964. 1981. Do not leave home the day upon which your rooster fails to crow before daybreak. great danger lies ahead of you and maybe death. 1971. 1960. 2006.Raccoon (2002-2044) 2002. 1988. all eggs will hatch at one time and easily. DUCK . 2007. there will be a decrease in the family. 2008. If a bat gets into a woman's hair. If a rooster enters the house and begins to crow while you are taking him out. Some say this pigeon must be white. Similarly. 1974. The crowing of a rooster at the front door will bring a welcome guest. poor trash. "My mother did this years ago and we never had a fly: hang peacock feathers in the room. A bat getting into your hair makes you bald. 1967. Bats are full of bedbugs. Sunday thunder will spoil a setting of goose eggs." 1994. someone is coming. it is an omen of sickness. the eggs will hatch at different times and you will have to help each duckling out of its shell. you will be successful all year in raising pigeons. or even its feathers. The house into which a bat flies after dark will be without one of its occupants on the following night. 1965. a stranger will call upon you. 1987. "I can comb my hair and get ready for company. 1984. If the first pigeon eggs of the season hatch. 1970. 1977. If you pick geese in the light of the moon. 2009. 1986. Thunder while a duck is setting spoils all the eggs. the lady put this new rug on a barnfire (bonfire) and burnt it up.Guinea Pig .GOOSE . 1998. After the funeral. provided you do not give the pigeon away or kill it. The crying of a peacock at night is unlucky. Several horseshoes put in a goose nest make it easier for goslings to break out of the eggs. her hair must be cut off to get rid of the animal. Goose or duck eggs set on the ground will not be harmed by thunder. Geese should be picked while the moon is changing from light to dark. Some say the crowing must occur before the front door.PIGEON . but others say this is unlucky. catch the guinea unawares and immediately wring its head. If a rooster walks to the porch and crows three times. 1996. 1985. To have a white pigeon fly over you is lucky. Just before or at midnight the crowing of a rooster presages a fire.Mice . therefore a bat flying into the house brings in bedbugs. 1962. if in the dark of the moon. you will get a large amount of feathers.GUINEA . 1975. an iron hoop is sometimes laid so that it surrounds a turkey nest. 2005. A bat getting into your hair and wetting on it makes you bald. Some say it is lucky to pass a flock of geese on the road. The wishbone of either a turkey or a goose may be hung over the door for money.41 1959. 1979. it indicates good news. A rooster that jumps up on a fence and crows is announcing company. 1991. if he crows while looking out the door. If a white pigeon comes to your house. 2004." 1992. The year in which there is thunder in February will be a bad year for setting goose eggs. If a bat gets into your hair. If a strange pigeon flies into the house. 1989. 1972. . The same thing is sometimes said of a pigeon having any white feathers.PEACOCK . no matter how few.

others say it is unlucky. of childhood like the one about putting salt on a bird's tail to catch it --. Wear three teeth from a squirrel killed in the light of the moon and you will never have an accident. 2028.the guinea pig has no tail.Flying Squirrel (2045-2061) 2045. 2030. To avoid bad luck after a rabbit crosses your path. It is unlucky to find that rats have eaten holes in your clothes. rub a rabbit foot over your head three times while making a wish to avert the misfortune and then return the foot to your pocket. This may be classed with those beliefs. but a few say it is lucky. but my grandma said. The left hind foot of a rabbit caught or shot at midnight in a graveyard is lucky. Mice coming out and playing in the room foretell company. 2018. 2057.' I know this is so." 2027. She was living on a farm. for it is very unlucky to wear anything patched after a rat has cut a hole in it. you will be successful with that business. A rat on finding a crock of milk will skim the cream with its tail and then lick the tail clean. He keeps three tails tied together. for you will be unlucky. 2051. A rabbit foot may be kept about the neck for luck: on a chain." CATS (2062-2219) . If you see rats leaving a building. 2034. 2035. and tie a tin can to the tail. Sometimes a rabbit foot is used as a watch-charm for luck. 2052. catch one of them and turn it loose after doing one of the following things: singe the hair. "I have a friend that comes to my house that lives out in the country. The left hip-pocket is supposed to be a lucky place for a man to carry a rabbit foot. 2025. 2031. unless you immediately jerk a hair out of your head. To get rid of rats. If a squirrel crosses your path when you are making a business trip.Squirrel . 2044. To have a skunk cross your path is lucky. A rabbit killed after sundown will make you unfortunate. If you are about to undertake any kind of new work and discover rats have been gnawing your clothing. Running across your path a rabbit warns you of an accident. Holes gnawed into your clothes by rats means you will soon move from that house. 2020. Some say a squirrel crossing your path is lucky. the animal must be killed in the light of the moon. 2022. You can catch a rabbit by putting salt on its tail. "My mother would not wear a thing or let any of her children wear anything a rat made a hole in." 2016. burn the bottoms of its feet. 2061. If you think you are going to get into trouble. The person who while on a journey sees mice will meet with danger before reaching his destination. 2019. paint the animal. it will soon burn. attached to a necklace.' And she didn't. He told me he catches three squirrels every fall and spring. 2040. your garden will not be bothered by rabbits that year. 2021. 2024. You should not mend any article of your clothing gnawed by a rat. 2053. 'That is very good luck. 2038. 2049. or in a small bag. We were there about two days when --. We were all scared to death. It is unlucky to skin a squirrel and tack the hide up anywhere. 2023. Never bring a live rabbit into the house. For the foot of a rabbit to be lucky. the left hind foot is generally prescribed. 2032. and my mother went over to talk about it. My grandma was worrying about losing some of her farm. The person who sees a white rat will have good luck. After a rabbit has crossed your path. and she carries a rabbit foot in her left pocket all the time. "I always keep a rabbit foot over the front and back door for luck. 2041." 2036. 2043.we were all down in the woods looking for flowers — my brother happen to look up and said. 2056. and a big squirrel fell right down in [against] her mouth and another on her head. "I always try to have my rabbits have young the first month of the year to have good luck with rabbits all year. It is occasionally combined with other charms. Do not wear or keep a rabbit foot someone gives you. "I have a friend that has nothing but good luck. 'Oh. "An old man told me this at bingo: you can have good luck by carrying the left-front foot of a rabbit caught by a Negro after midnight in a Negro cemetery. 2042. 2026. The person whose path is crossed by a rabbit will hear unpleasant news. Rat -Skunk . look at the flying-squirrels up in the tree!' and started to throwing at them. 2013. or practical jokes. for this would bring you bad luck. 2054." 2033. He said." 2059. Pick up a guinea pig by the tail and its eyes will drop out. 2048. A raccoon can live all winter by sucking its paws. for he showed me the three tails tied together in his car. bad luck can be avoided by spitting. if the three squirrel tails are in the car. 2060. She would always take them out and burn them up to keep from having bad luck. 2039. I will not lose my farm now. 2015. If someone loses a rabbit foot and you find it. 2017. A great increase in the number of rats foretells a war. 2050. If you kill the first rabbit found in your garden and bury one of its feet. 2058. 2014. it denotes a disappointment. with her mouth open. If a rabbit crosses your path. just like a boy. ribbon. 2029. give up the undertaking for you will not succeed with it. 'I always feel safe when I start out in my car. but you may wear the clothing after someone else has mended it. 2037. it is very unlucky. 2047. 2046. Some say a rabbit foot carried by you is not lucky unless you yourself have killed the animal and cut off the foot.42 2012. the luck is twice as strong. Always carry a rabbit foot in your pocketbook and you will never be without money. A rabbit crossing your path from right to left is unlucky." 2055. string. My grandma was looking up. The person who kills the first rabbit seen in the fall and carries one of its paws will be lucky all year. Although there are contradictions about which foot of a rabbit should be worn for luck. go home and begin your journey again. Rabbits have young every month except February. By killing the first rabbit seen in winter you become lucky. keeps three in his house and three in his car to keep away accidents. Most people say a rabbit crossing your path is unlucky. "About fifty years ago my brother and I went over to Missouri to see my grandma. you add that person's luck to your own.

2085. some say he is made lucky. and then went to my mother's house. The person whose cat licks its face in the house may expect a stranger. but if to the right. Cats born in May are unlucky. Well. Say Go to hell three times when a black cat crosses your path and you will not be unlucky. bad luck. If a cat washes its face. 2099. If a cat sneezes. [a former Quincy official]. If you meet a black cat coming towards you. She said to her husband. and cause death. somebody is coming to your house. always said [being a prominent church member and having a reputation for piety] Darn you three times. "I was walking with a woman and a black cat ran in front of us." 2110. 2080. She went back home and sit down for one-half hour. You may stand in a graveyard and whirl a dead cat round your head three times for luck. good luck. good luck will be yours. you have a friendly disposition. their visit will be short. 2100. a cat not only draws lightning. 2087. "It's an old saying. you will not have any bad luck. The person whose path is crossed by a black cat will be unlucky. 2075." 2107. You can break a cat from the habit of catching birds by burning a match and rubbing the charred wood three times over the animal's nose. the animal will have fits. Some say the stranger will not come. A cat licking its fur upwards means a visitor. 2071. 2082. 2106. Count nine when a black cat goes across your path and the bad luck will be averted. The sneezing of a cat in the house is unlucky. her husband went out and picked up a brick in his left hand and threw at those cats. 2090. they will appear in the direction towards which the cat slid. One who carries a bone from the left side of a black cat will be lucky. "Three years ago a woman was going to my mother's house. 2078. on the contrary. and thus marked by lightning became its conductor. good luck is indicated. let a woman tie round one of its front paws a long hair from her head and the animal will become a good mouser. When a black cat runs straight ahead of you as you are walking down a road. 2083." 2089. you will soon entertain callers. To have a black cat run across your path is a token of seven years of bad luck. 2091. The same thing is believed of dogs. 2074. bad luck. she was not in bed. 2079. 2070." 2108. As soon as a kitten is born. someone will soon visit you. 2111. you must return home and begin your trip over again. if from right to left. if going away from you. 2072. The first cat in the world was born while it lightened. unless the cat does this before breakfast. 2064. but if the animal after some hesitation continues across your path. bad luck may be expected. "My mother would always run a cat out of the house. of a baby in particular. and the animal comes to you. 2104. said if you do this. To be scratched by a cat causes a disappointment. unless you chop off this tip. 2109. only she was not at all well. 2101. One night several cats started to fighting in her back yard. Two cats fighting in front of your house is a sign of company. but also is the only animal that will go outside during a storm. and keep this in your left shoe for luck. burn some coffee to avoid bad luck. By stroking the tail of a strange black cat seven times a person becomes lucky. it signifies good luck. The direction in which a cat's tail is pointing as it cleans its face will be the quarter whence you may look for the arrival of guests. As soon as you reach home after a black cat has crossed your path. A Friday-born person is not made unlucky by a black cat crossing his path. but if the animal raises its fur. Some say this must be done at night. If a black cat starts to cross your path and at the halfway point turns back. Remove a two-inch piece from the tip of a black cat's tail. therefore. 2096. if I meet a black cat. and this person will arrive from the direction towards which the cat looks. 2095. curse it three times while going over. 2063." . 2105. Two cats that lie on the same chair and purr are bringing good luck to the house. A person at whom a cat glances while cleaning its face will soon be visited by someone. The significance of a cat sliding on the floor is company. "I always count ten to keep bad luck away. 2097. To have a cat lick itself over one ear indicates visitors: if the right ear. good luck. and after she started a black cat ran across in front of her. If a cat walks to the door and then lies down in the center of the room with all four feet up in the air. 2067. As a prevention of bad luck when a black cat runs across your path. 2088. "We had a neighbor that was not feeling well." 2069. their visit will be long. sure sign of bad luck. If a black cat crosses your path from left to right. 2068. if it started to sitting down in the middle of the kitchen floor and looking up and mewing and making her tail wiggle. if the left ear. She turned and went around the block to keep from having bad luck. 2066. and if you will take a brick in your left hand and throw it at them. and the woman didn't get sick. 2084. The person who knows how to establish an immediate friendship with strange cats will always be lucky. you have an unfriendly disposition. If a cat fixes its whiskers. 2092. Judge X. Sleep with a cat and you will have bad luck. either while washing or after it has finished. A black cat found on the road should be kept for luck. 2076. If a cat approaches in an amicable manner. company may be expected. 2086. A black cat crossing your path and then retracing its steps in front of you is a fortunate omen. especially in or before a doorway. It is unlucky to see a cat eating grass. you will have bad luck. 2081. 2103. 2065. dry it. Never let a cat look into a mirror. 2098. 2078a. and they never heard another sound out of those cats. To step on a cat's tail is unlucky. 2077. I don't want to get down in bed with a sick spell.' They say cats fighting in your yard will bring sickness to your house. 2102. notice the direction in which the animal finally leaves the road: if it veers to the left. 2073. if a black cat crosses your path. 'Go out and pick up a brick with your left hand and throw at those cats.43 2062. 2093. and there will be as many callers as the number of times the animal sneezed. There is a general belief that a cat will suck the breath of a person asleep. you will have company from out of town that day. 2094. will break the spell. May-born cats are the most frequent offenders. They say the same thing about a dog. trouble will soon follow. After a cat has cleaned its face in the house. If you meet a black cat and call it. when a black cat ran in front of him. Every cat has a worm in the tip of its tail.

you can protect yourself against bad luck by lying on the ground and rubbing your nose in the dust or mud. 2148. If a black cat crosses your path. "Whenever I see a black cat I always turn and walk [backwards] about six steps. Again. 2134. The person who catches and keeps the black cat crossing his path will have good luck instead of bad luck. The person who looks up to the sky while crossing over the place where a black cat crossed the road will not be unlucky. The person who takes twelve steps backwards after a black cat has run across the path will not be unlucky. make a cross on the ground. but you can counteract this by walking backwards all the way to your destination without speaking." 2116. "If a black cat crosses the road. "I always spit on my finger. to break the spell. He said. 2114. retraced my way back to Locust. he will turn and turn around like crazy. One who turns around three times and spits when a black cat crosses the path will not encounter bad luck. 2130. back his car about seven steps. went west to Fifth Street. "If I meet a black cat. 2121. then spit and rub my foot through it." 2124. and then spit. Halfway out a black cat crossed directly in front of the car." 2120. "When I see a black cat I always turn my back on it until the cat crosses. "If a black cat runs in front of me. you will break the bad-luck spell. 2152. and you will not be unlucky. But on my way home. 2159. As a protection against bad luck caused by a black cat passing in front of you. 2151. until the cat is out of sight. This is said to be particularly effective against a black cat met on Halloween. running around the block and up an alley. to keep from crossing. spit and rub your foot through it. Catch the black cat that crosses your path and kiss it. I believe she would die. then continue your journey. then he will go back. I always turn right around and walk backwards until I get way over the place where the cat passed. 2133. If a black cat runs in front of you. Back again safely in town. Whoever spits on or over his two front fingers (the index and middle finger of either hand. 2160. about halfway there. if he meets a black cat. 2142. " 2137. spitting at each step. Bad luck caused when a black cat crosses your path can be counteracted by walking backwards ten steps and whirling around three times. "Whenever I go with a certain man in a car and a black cat runs across the road. 2131. this will drive bad luck away and bring you good luck. "Whenever my son meets a black cat he goes and sits right down and spits ten times to keep bad luck away. to keep from having bad luck. she will turn around three times and make the sign of the cross each time. I had intended going north on Twelfth Street for the then so-called five-mile drive. 2144. 2157. To spit when a black cat runs in front of you is a bad-luck counteractant. a black cat with a white belly crossed directly in front of me. Then he went to the hospital and found my brother better. "I know a woman in Marceline that when a black cat runs in front of her she will wait until a man comes along before she will go on. Ten steps taken backwards wards off bad luck. take ten steps backwards and turn around on your heel. chase the animal back across your path." 2153. 'You damn black cat! I am going to kill you." 2138. Three crosses made on the ground with your left foot breaks a bad-luck spell caused by a black cat crossing your path. 2139. 2147. to keep bad luck away. usually the right. to break the jinks. "I have a very good friend that thinks any kind of a cat to walk in front of you is very bad luck. "My brother was at the hospital. move backwards three steps. he will take off his hat." 2146. 2136. sometimes both index fingers) when a black cat crosses his path will not be unlucky. 2150." 2125." 2127." 2155. if you whirl around. 2126. then north on Fifth Street to again connect with the five-mile turn. 2141. I am not going to let my son die over a black cat. he always backs his car back ten rods to keep from having bad luck. 2118. another black cat crossed my path. whirl around three times and spit on the ground at each whirling. In averting bad luck after a black cat goes across your path." 2113. if a black cat crosses your path. "I never pass a black cat unless I spit three times at the cat to keep from having bad luck. If a black cat has crossed your path. 2128.' He said he started after the cat. walk backwards ten steps." 2119. "I always walk backward three steps whenever a black cat runs in front of me. wait until a woman comes along. wait until someone else comes along and then cross the cat's path with that person. then put it back on his head. and bad luck will be kept away." 2132. By walking backwards seven steps. "My son-in-law if driving and sees a black cat run across the road. then walk backwards five steps. intending to take that road to get to my destination. one-and-a-half blocks from my home. Again I turned around. 'You will go ahead this time and quit your superstition or I'll never again be seen with you. before he will cross over the place where the cat went. when a black cat crosses your path. On having a black cat cross your path. My father was on his way to see brother. When a black cat passes across your path." 2149. I always walk backward thirteen steps to keep from having bad luck. 2154.44 2112. and throw the spit out the car window. Always spit until the black cat that has crossed your path can no longer be seen and bad luck will not overtake you. very sick." 2115. Halfway there. or. A black cat running across your path does not cause bad luck. "My son-in-law is afraid of a black cat. and a block before he got to the hospital a black cat run in front of him. by walking backwards until you no longer see the cat. turning around three times protects you against bad luck. The person who walks backwards five steps averts bad luck when a black cat crosses the path. I was hit square in the middle of my Hudson roadster by a . others say yours only. To prevent bad luck. if a cat would run in front of her. if a black cat crosses in front of you. " 2145. A black cat crossing the path of an automobile means an accident or a wreck before the journey ends: "Several years ago while driving. when a cat runs in front of you. If she just sees a cat on the street. to throw bad luck away. spit in it nine times. go backwards nine steps when your path is crossed by a black cat. Spit on your shoes as a bad-luck preventive when a black cat crosses your path. 2123. bad luck can be prevented by removing your hat and spitting into it. I immediately turned back to Locust Street and then up to Twenty-fourth Street. 2135. take nine steps backwards. Any kind of cat crossing your path will cause bad luck. 2117. not expected to live. he will stop and wait until someone else passes across the road. Ward off bad luck. whirl around on your heel. And if you are a man. After a black cat has passed in front of you. 2129. 2156. My [girl] friend said. To rid yourself of bad luck when a black cat has run in front of you. but he killed the cat. I myself don't care how cold they get. you will not have bad luck. if we meet a black cat. Some say this cancels the bad luck for both of you." 2143. 2122. bad luck can be avoided. stop and wait until the tracks get good and cold before you go over. As a method for warding off bad luck caused by a black cat crossing your path. and bad luck will not come to you. If a black cat crosses your path and you find a coin before reaching your destination. If a black cat crosses your path. I always try to pick it up and throw it over my left shoulder to keep from having bad luck. When he sees one. Got there. take nine steps backwards over the animal's track. "I know a Negro man." 2158. "I always do this if I meet a black cat: step backward six steps. I worried all the way. He always said he knew my brother would of died if he hadn't of killed the black cat. 2140.' I did. I would not cross over unless someone else went first. "I have heard my grandfather say.

If a black cat strays to your house and you keep it. He thought it very good luck to have a black cat on the place. 2201. the blacker the cat. 2178. 2164. The bad luck caused by a yellow cat crossing your path can be avoided by turning around and walking backwards all the way to your destination. and got well. Wrecked my car. 2181. After a yellow cat has strayed to your house. To keep a new cat from deserting you. 2165. when all at once a little black kitten came to the house. 2176. you will be unlucky unless you make it go back. A cat never leaves home after it has looked into a mirror three times. 2198. smear butter or grease over all four paws and hold the animal in front of a mirror. But I got black cat experience. 2190. 2163. but others say bad luck. Set my companion clear across the street with a torn chest and minor bruises. and no one would take the cat. 2185. he would look around until he found another black cat without a white hair. "If a little black kitten come to you. the better the luck. who had to be fished out the wreck. A cat that follows you home will bring good luck. the dentist had some witness swear he was not drunk or been drinking. good luck. And how!" 2161. 2189. bad luck. After you clip some hair from the tail of a cat and nail this on or under the doorstep." 2188. but others say cats always run away from home after looking into a mirror. 2170. 2196. 2200. Either see that your black cat is in the house before dark or make it stay outside all night. The significance of a white cat straying to your house is unwelcome company." Black cats without one white hair are supposed to be rare. expect an accident unless you return home and sit down before starting out again. and before he got to the end of his run the train ran off the track and killed several people. 2192. The person who is followed by a cat will soon get money. I was working at a sporting house years ago and they would not let a cat light on the place. If you start out in an automobile and a black cat crosses the road. a white cat. unfortunate. said it was very bad luck. 2174. If on leaving home your cat follows you. If a white cat crosses your path. Some say a cat following you home indicates good luck. You know it's an old saying: the younger the kitten. two different doctors gave him up. Neither got nothing. let it drink the rest of the cream. "I knew an engineer that took his train out one morning and four white cats ran across the track. Completely wrecked the dentist's car. Hair clipped from a cat's tail and buried under a rock by the kitchen door keeps the animal home. 2167. it is very bad luck. and they passed the cat around. 2204. the cat will not desert you. 2173. the animal will not wander away. provided you keep it. A white cat met late at night makes you lucky. provided you do not chase the animal away. The person who gives you a cat secretly hates you. 2197. A girl finding a strange cat in her bedroom at night will be lucky.45 drunken dentist of Quincy. they were looking for him to die every minute. 2194. 2199. The person whose path is crossed by a grey cat will be lucky. but if the cat ever leaves. and the judge dismissed the case. Never let a white cat pass in front of you. or tried to. A journey during which a black cat goes across your path will end in a disappointment. If a stray cat climbs into your house through a window. If a black cat comes to your house on New Year's Eve at midnight and you happen to open the door and the animal walks in. Rub butter or grease on the four paws of a cat and after the animal has licked this off it will never leave home. And to cap the climax. and if anything would happen to it. "My father kept a black cat on his farm all the time for luck. A person makes a cat remain at home by measuring its tail with a string and putting this under the front door. If you stick the forepaws of a cat into cream and then. If a black cat follows you in daytime. bad luck may be expected. good luck is following you. it means good luck. bring the animal home blind. 2206. On the contrary: "Never let a cat come to your house. Sometimes a white cat coming to your house is considered unlucky. if at night. when I took same into court. 2182. To have a neighbor's cat run through your yard early on Monday morning makes you lucky all week. 2177. for to let a black cat into the house after dark causes bad luck. 2168. To have a black cat cross your path after midnight is the sign of an accident. 2162. you will be lucky. To meet a black cat at your door is fortunate. A black-and-white cat crossing your path is lucky say some. Some say the two front paws. 2171. The woman who finds a strange black cat in her bedroom at night will soon receive money. . 2207. You can make a cat stay home by greasing all four paws and laying a piece of stale bread under a doorstep over which the animal must walk. If a white cat comes to your house (and mews at the door say some) and stays and is not driven away. 2180. the animal will make you lucky. It is lucky to have a cat of three colors come to your house. but my brother started to getting better right after the kitten came. 2175." 2184. 2195. As a method for keeping a cat home." This belief is sometimes given as follows: a strange cat prowling about your door is bringing you bad luck. 2187. 2183. "I was at a dance one night on Halloween night and they were playing pass the black cat. for some people say it is very bad luck to take a cat handed you. they didn't know where it came from. 2169. 2179. you will have good luck all year. If a cat follows you. sickness may be expected. 2203. 2205. and a white cat running in front of you is the sign of a wreck. My brother had diphtheria bad. was so drunk he could not stand up. 2202.folded and immediately throw it on to the middle of the bed." 2172. the better the luck. After a black cat has crossed your path in the daytime. there will be sickness in your family. so they put the cat out the window for luck. Some say stray cats are kept home by letting them look into a mirror. after the animal licks this off. 2166. 2193. A cat straying to your house brings good luck. you will have good luck say some or bad luck say others. bad luck may be expected. 2191. It is unlucky to let anyone give you a cat. you may expect money. One may steal a cat and take it home for luck. 2186. Some say you must bury the hair under the doorstep. but others say merely seeing such a cat is unlucky. A grey cat running across your path is followed by sorrow. This other witness. but driving the cat away will bring bad luck.

2215. 2236. 2212. The howling of a dog at night indicates bad news. To stop the howling of a dog. You can protect yourself against a charging dog by tipping your hat to him. To stop the howling of a dog. 2264. it causes you bad luck. 2210. A dog crossing your path brings you bad luck. 2231. 2211. 2222. 2245. especially a kitten --. someone will soon come to your house. "Never kill a cat. 2255.because the animal's ghost will haunt you. If you rub one side of a piece of meat in your armpit and the other side on the sole of your bare foot and feed it to a dog. If a dog barks for a long time. 2229. As a remedy for bowel trouble in a dog. . A dog licking the blood of a dead man will go mad. Never cut off a pup's tail. To stop the howling of a dog. To lose a cat by killing it causes trouble. If you see a dog doing his business. It is unlucky to have a dog howl three times near your house and then stop. put it under your pillow. Dogs that look up into the air while howling never amount to anything. I would not let anyone kill a cat at our place now for anything. he will not be able to complete the task so long as you grasp tightly the index finger of the right hand in the palm of the left hand. 2233. A dog that sees himself in a looking-glass will always be mean. 2257. grease its paws with butter before you release the animal. 2226. and I said.46 2208. They say dogs are more likely to go mad in dog days than at any other time. Some say you must use the right shoe. The family whose dog howls at night can expect sickness. and that night you will dream what the dog dreamed. As a protection against being bitten by a dog. 'Why don't you put a cloth over its head to see what you will dream?' So she picked up the baby's diaper and put over the dog's head. If you cut off and bury the tail of a dog that has bitten you. To keep a dog from biting you. If you carry a cat away in a sack and drop it. A dog that chases its tail has worms.putting the left where the right was and the right where the left was --. wear a piece of bacon in your shoe. A dog that sees himself in a looking-glass will not live long." 2219. "I was at my sister's one afternoon and a dog was asleep. 2209. Misfortune follows the shooting of a cat. If you see a dog doing his business. the inner digit of a dog's fore foot") never go mad.and then stand on the upturned shoes. To cure fits in a dog. 2225. if you use your left hand when throwing the animal into the water. This can also be done to a cat. even if you never had it before. 2218. 2253. say some --. seven according to others. 2252. and that night she dreamt she was a big dog fighting a little dog. 2234. 2250. You can make a dog savage by feeding him gunpowder. A dog with his tail over his back is friendly. he will neither bite nor bark again. a dog with his tail between his legs is dangerous. take off your left shoe and lay it upside down on the floor. This is sometimes said of your own dog. 2223. interchange the shoes --. Small dogs rarely bark but usually bite. 2224. he will not be able to complete the task so long as you keep one finger interlocked with the finger of someone else. 2246. the animal will not bite you. Dogs with dewclaws ("a vestigial digit . 2243. 2244.. It is very unfortunate to drown a cat. 2232. A strange dog coming to your door and barking is an indication of company. To kill a cat gives you bad luck for nine years. the animal will always find its way home on the ninth day. If you take a picture of your dog. 2251.but this evil can be avoided. 2261. Pull a whisker from the lip of a sleeping dog. 2265.. 2235. 2241." 2237. 2249. 2213. Lay a hat over the head of a sleeping dog and that night you will have his dreams. A cat carried downstream never returns home. Do not look out the window when you hear a dog howling at midnight. 2242. DOGS (2220-2319) 2220. If a dog howls while looking up into the air. nine according to some. 2216. feed the animal horse-hoof scrapings. A dog that stretches himself while asleep is dreaming. 2228. If you see a dog doing his business. To be sure that a cat will not return after you have taken it away. if on first getting the animal you chase it around the legs of the kitchen table. 2259. lay them upside down on the floor. 2256. hardships and sorrow. throw your bootjack out the window. 2221. always bite the tail off and the wound will not become sore or infected. 2258. In ridding yourself of a cat. 2248. Look between the dog's ears when he howls and you will see why he is howling. We killed a cat just after we were married and we had nothing but bad luck and sorrow the first seven years of our married life. 2247. 2240. 2217. 2214. spit on it. 2227. Never step or jump over a dog. there will be a fire. the animal will soon die. 2260. groaning. you will surely have seven long years of bad luck. 2239. To stop the howling of a dog: take off both shoes. always remember that the animal has many lives. it will bring you bad luck. To stop the howling of a dog. an unknown visitor say some. 2262. The dog that swallows the heart of a weasel will never bark again. A strange dog howling near your house at bed-time means trouble in the family. You will not have any trouble in retaining a new cat. he will not be able to complete the task so long as you have your fingers crossed. A howling dog is an omen of a fight in the neighborhood. it must be killed by other means. Chimney soot is rubbed on the paws of a cat as a prevention against the animal leaving home. Whoever takes a cat across water will have bad luck. take off both shoes and lay them upside down on the floor. take off either shoe. 2230. 2254. 2238. take off your left shoe and spit on the sole. rub a piece of bacon in your armpit and throw him the meat. draw blood from its tail. To stop the howling of a dog. large dogs usually bark but rarely bite. A dog that groans and whines in his sleep is dreaming. if you do. and put the shoe on again. 2263.

if you cut several hairs from the tip of his tail and bury them under the doorstep. 2297. 2304. So we cut the poor dog's tail off. maybe the dog would have left and got a good home. if you cut some hairs from the end of his tail. 2313. 2305. cut off the bushy part of his tail. If your dog runs away and you catch him. let him smell some hair cut from the end of his tail and he will stay. 2292. Dogs fed a boiled dish rag never run away from home. 2288. he kept running it off. when I was a girl. and the animal will not run away from home. and the dog will not leave. 2274. This may also be done to keep a stray dog that comes to your house. To keep a dog from leaving. 2277. 2269." 2282. If a dog rolls on the floor. If a strange but friendly dog comes to your house and you feed it. 2267. If you see a dog wiping his behind on the sidewalk. To make a dog stay home. I cried many a day after that. spit on it and put it under the doorstep. A dog will not wander away. Any article of food warmed in your armpit and fed to a dog will make the animal stay home. This may also be done to a cat. you will soon hear good news. someone will leave the family. when one day he said. A dog that moans while crawling on his belly is a portent of trouble. If a dog lies in the doorway and refuses to move. the animal will follow you home and stay. If a dog lies in the doorway with his head outside and his body inside the house. tie about them a black string. If you wear in your shoe any kind of food (usually a piece of bacon or a pork rind) and give it to a stray dog. 2312. "I remember well. and then spit into the first food you give him. unless you chase the animal away. A white dog seen early in the morning denotes good news from a friend far away. 2275. This may also be done to a cat. To make a dog stay home. So we thought we would do this so father could not run the dog away. provided the animal remains. bad luck may be expected. If you scrape three corners of the table and give these scrapings to your dog or cat. 'I will fix that dog. 2298. he will never stray from home. the animal will never stray from home. It is unlucky to have a dog crawl under the chair on which you are sitting. her husband will soon beat her up. A strange dog running through your house is an unlucky portent. 2303. sprinkle salt on his tail and he will not run away again. Some say it is lucky to have a stray dog come to your house. 2295. clip some hair from his tail and bury it under a rock. 2296. To have a dog chew a rug is a sign of company. Always feed a new dog out of one of your old shoes and he will never leave you. 2291. 2276. the animal will not desert you. if you make him look into a mirror. If you meet a friendly dog on the road. My father didn't want it. measure the length of his tail with a stick of an equal length and drive the entire stick down into the ground at your door. someone will come into the family. but if the dog growls. Let a dog eat some scrapings from your heel or the soles of your dirty feet and he will stay home. So someone said if you cut some of its hair off the end of its tail and spit on it. the animal will never stray from home. But we didn't tell him. 2302. 2315. If you bore a hole into your doorstep and stuff into it a few hairs from your dog's head and tail. If a dog rolls on the floor and gets up and shakes himself. 2310. 2280. You can make a stray dog follow you or keep your own dog home by wearing in your shoe some hair from the end of the animal's tail. 2279. 2284. If you sit down at the table and scrape the corner to your right and give these scrapings to your dog or cat. 2289. 2307. 2285. 2287. 2301. spit on them. 2283. 2272. Take some hair from the tail and forehead of your dog. 2299. you may expect company. 2309. break the string so that its length equals the measurement made. but he would not go. good luck or success is denoted for the family. it would not leave. an old dog came to our farm. A large strange dog met at the beginning of your journey is lucky. bury this under your doorstep. for I always thought if I had not of cut its tail off and spit on it and put under the door to make it stay. To prevent a dog from leaving home. 2286. 2268. he will not leave home. A dog running to the door again and again is an omen of company.47 2266. Spit into a dog's mouth and he will not run away. Some say it is lucky to have a stray dog follow you home. somebody is saying nasty things about you. If your dog rolls sunwise. 2270. bad luck. 2278. If you wear a meat rind in your left shoe for three days and feed it to a dog. . wipe the dirt from his feet with a clean cloth. others say it is unlucky. This may also be done to a cat. others say it is unlucky. After a dog has looked into a mirror. and the dog would not leave. 2308. bury it in a can. then bury under the door. wrap the measuring string about this hair and bury it under your front doorstep. 2293. 2294. 2271. A dog can be kept home by letting him eat a piece of meat that has been wiped between your sweaty legs. Your dog will not leave you. If with a piece of string you measure a dog from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail. A dog's ears turned inside out are a token of company. 2300.' and did. cut some hair from his tail and mix it with something he eats. If a dog is dissatisfied with the house into which you have recently moved. 2311. This bad luck can be averted by returning home. 2281. 2290. bury the cloth under your front doorstep. and the animal will soon come to your house. 2314. As a method for stealing a dog: cut some hairs from his tail. it means sickness in the house. if with his head inside and his body outside the house. On first bringing a new dog into your house. A new dog will not leave.' He took it out on the hill and shot it. If a dog runs between a woman's legs. clip some hair from the end of his tail and bury it under a white rock near the door. 2273. Scratch a dog where he is unable to scratch himself and he will not run away. the direction in which his tail points while rolling will be the direction from which the company will arrive. you will have good luck. Two dogs fighting on the street signify a quarrel before night. The person who meets a black dog will be unlucky. and we children wanted to keep it. bury them under your doorstep. My father tried and tried to run the dog off. and some add. for we wanted it. You can bring a lost dog home by whistling three times through the keyhole of an outside door of your house. 2306. you will have company from the direction he faces.

You can secure a larger amount of wool by shearing your sheep on May 24. 2351. for an indefinite period. Son and Holy Ghost three times. if the stable is covered with cobwebs. And just at twelve o'clock all the horses." 2333. The dunging of a stable after dark is unlucky for the stock. Your live stock will be healthy. The same thing is said about a cat. The whining of a dog beneath your window portends a misfortune. something will surely happen to it. "When going along the road. large males will sire males. Always dung the stable between Christmas and New Year's Day so that the stock will not be molested by witches during the year. "I had a lot of bad luck with my stock so I got some new mules. pigs. A cow that fails to eat her afterbirth never calves again. If sheep are sheared on the increase of the moon. 2323." 2325. and that horse was never sick. An early-morning pairing of animals produces females. for one Christmas Eve years ago. anything that is dead. Some say the best time for mating animals to get good stock is the dark of the moon. 2352. like if I see a dead animal. 2334. 2349. or 27. You can have healthy cattle by sprinkling your urine in the barn once a week. when I was living on a farm. 2356. lay a wet cloth over that part of her body where the birthmark on the offspring is desired. 2346. 2324. If the female is covered by the male during the first half of her heat. males." SHEEP (2355-2360) 2355. 2342. My sister heard him talking about getting a new horse one day. no matter where you see the dead animal. the stock tied there will not break loose. Additional spots require extra cloths. If you kill a dog. let the animals stand out in the first rain of June. males. snake. 2344. 2322. if in the dark of the moon. but she got a file and went to the barn and made three crosses in the doorsill where that horse would go under. Do not refuse a reasonable offer for an animal. 2345. To obtain a spotted colt from a solidly colored mare. The sex of an animal always differs from the sex of the one preceding it. you will find the cows on their knees in prayer. . 2331. after the birth of a female. and when his colts come they were black and white. The person who helps an animal in misery will be lucky. saying Father. she didn't tell him. he wanted to fatten. and conversely. others require that you spit over your finger or through your fingers. and sheep on the place came up in the barn lot and got down on their knees and looked up in the sky. 2353. This is why stables are frequently struck by lightning. STOCK BREEDING (2340-2354) 2340. 2318. 2337. and if the dog happens to be a bitch with pups. "I know this is so. animals draw lightning. 2330." 2326. 2329. I invited some people to my house that did not believe that animals prayed at midnight on Christmas Eve. you will have bad luck. FARM STOCK IN GENERAL (2320-2339) 2320. and he put a piece of elder stick twelve inches long in their drinking water. the calf will not live. If you visit the cow shed on New Year's Eve at midnight. if the afterbirth from the preceding one is buried under an apple tree. 2350. If you burn the afterbirth of a cow or destroy in any way except by burying it. 2339. 2338. males. cows. the wool will be better and stronger. 2341. And those people believed that animals pray after that. 2348. 2328. We lived on a farm right out from Liberty and that's how we fattened our stock. and he always kept a goat running with his stock and we never had any diseases. Never enter a stable during a storm. 2358. my father had lots of horses and cattle. just at nine o'clock in the beginning of the light of the moon take her out and walk her around. like cows. They were praying. three days before full moon. or fourteen years. 2357. "When we lived out on the farm. 2332. Animals can talk to spirits on Christmas Eve at midnight. The result from mating animals during a full moon is always male. and the mare will have an easy time.48 2316. The person whose dog gets killed should give the next dog the same name for luck. hogs or horses. 2319. it will cause you trouble. 2336. If occasionally you sprinkle your urine in the stable. Shear your sheep after the first cold rain in May to get more wool. 2343. the result will be females. let the mother skip one heat so that the heat following this omission will yield another female. "I knew a man that all of his horses were black. 25. chicken. "My brother had a barn full of stock and they were all sick. Twins and triplets among animals are the result of two or three coverings respectively. Cruelty to an animal brings bad luck. "My father always did this and he never lost a colt: if you have a mare that is going to have a colt. seven years. And when I put them in the barn I made three crosses over the door. If animals are mated in the light of the moon. if during the last half. if the mare has any kind of mark. an afternoon or evening pairing. therefore." 2327. everything I see dead I spit to keep away bad luck. so they say. cut out and bury the heart in your yard for luck. so they will always be full and never hungry. so when he started for the horse. and do this just before she accepts the stallion. Never bury a dead dog in your yard. To rid your stock of lice. "My husband always put his stock out on a pasture. Scatter ashes in the barn after cleaning it on Ash Wednesday and your stock will not be bothered by lice that year. 2317." Some add. Small males will sire females. do this for three months before the beginning of each light moon. As many times as the boar opens and closes his mouth while serving a sow determines the number of pigs in her litter. 2347. she will have females. Speak to animals at midnight on New Year's Eve and they will understand you. bad luck the rest of your life. eliminate it in her colt by covering this with a wet cloth after the stallion's service. 2335. and had excellent luck with my mules." 2321. When a lamb is killed accidentally. The next calf will always be a female. Very pretty!" 2354.

A hog cannot swim. stick in the heart (Leo). If a person going somewhere to sell something meets a drove of hogs. "When you see bacon all curling up when frying it. I got the pig and we fatten it. kill a crow and throw it into the pen. Good meat is obtained by butchering a female hog in the light of the moon and a male hog in the dark of the moon. "My father was one of those old Germans and he always salted his meat in the dark of the moon so it would keep. 2372. 2378. a colt weaned in this sign will be fretful. A suitable weaning-time for calves is while the sign of the shoulder (Cancer?) goes down. 2383. Pigs can see the wind. the front legs are so short they will cut the animal's throat. the meat will shrink and have a bad taste. Hogs that eat chickens will never grow fat.' And I lifted the pig right up over the pen by the tail and it didn't squeal.all of these meaning Scorpio --. if you stick in the shoulder (Cancer?). Similarly. 2405. or both.kills the animal. 'If you can lift one of those pigs out of the pen without squealing. it will all curl up. . 2388. 2394. Farmers who have hairy arms are good hog-raisers. When we were small. for this keeps the swelling down and drives the fever out through the animal's feet. our folks would make us wet in the chamber all the time and put all of that chamber lye in the slop barrel to make the hogs healthy. 2387. 2380. 2397. If you want bacon to stay smooth and not curl. The same thing is said of a colt and mare. Below the waist (below Virgo? Libra ? Scorpio? ) is the proper sign during which to cut a hog. If you wean a calf while the sign is below the knee (Capricornus). COWS (2400-2478) 2400. 2366. I will give it to you. 2393. private parts. It is lucky to meet a flock of sheep. hogs should be butchered in the sign of neck (Taurus) during the increase of the moon. 2367. A hog altered in the sign of the heart (Leo) will die. By weaning pigs on the full moon you make them thrive. it will not swell. mother bought me a new dress and some other things with the money. The farmer who weans a calf during the sign of the heart (Leo) will make it. it will not squeal. HOGS (2361-2399) 2361. 2373. 2392. Always wean a calf or a colt before the up-sign reaches the heart (Leo) and you will not have any trouble with the animal. it prevents the cow from mooing. the animal is healthy. but some say it will waste away with the wasting moon --. said in the light of the moon it would spoil. The person who marks a hog in the sign of the secrets. 2401. you will kill the animal. 2382. or swells when in the skillet. You will be able to see the wind. 2377. For good meat. unless you accept a piece of money in exchange. 2402. If you see a sway-backed hog. Mare and colt should be separated at this time. however. The person who passes through a flock of sheep on the road will have bad luck. 2386.' 'Do you mean that?' 'Sure!' He didn't know I was part Indian and that is their old saying: 'If you lift a pig out of a pen by the tail. Between the signs of the top of the head (the highest point of Aries) and the shoulder (Cancer?) is a good time to wean a calf. To break a hog from the habit of eating chickens. or sex organ --. Wean a calf in the sign of the knee (Capricornus) and the animal will thrive. he will be unsuccessful in selling it. If the tail of a pig curls up. fret. 2399. 2360. It is lucky to be given a pig. A hog met while you are taking a long journey brings bad luck." 2381. 2398. this sign is occasionally considered the best time for marking. 2371. 2407. If you seed a hog as the moon increases. Butcher hogs in the sign of the head (Aries) and you will secure good meat. put chamber lye in the slop. 2406. 2395. Do not whirl a broom around on its handle. In the fall. if you suck the tit of a sow with pigs. but some say the raw meat fills out with the fulling moon. 2365.turn to lard. the hog was stuck wrong when in killing. Always unsex a hog in the sign of the feet (Pisces). 2370. 2368. This is occasionally the time for castrating colts. Worms in hogs can be killed by pouring human urine into the slop. the animal will not live. And the same way in boiling bacon: if stuck in the shoulder. "If your hogs have cholera. Most believers say the raw meat from a hog slaughtered on the light of the moon becomes withered or flabby. Healthy pigs carry their tails bent to the right side. 2375. 2384. all your hogs will die. the wound will swell. 2379. Wean a hog in the sign of Leo and it will squeal all the time. no matter how much you feed them." 2376. the cow. 2364. A farmer with a hairy chest will be successful in raising hogs. or when in the skillet it curls up and turns to grease. In other words. The meat of a red hog turns strong sooner than the meat of a black or white hog. A calf weaned in the sign of the head (Aries) will bawl incessantly.49 2359. Steers and geldings are usually made in this sign. Neither calf nor cow will moo for each other. but if as the moon decreases. "Years ago when I was about fourteen. To meet a drove of hogs on the road is unlucky. it will all swindle away. Never bore a hog in the sign of the head (Aries). 2369. 2363. 2396. if the owner separates them in the sign of the thigh (Sagittarius). Most believers say meat from a hog slaughtered in the dark of the moon will not shrivel. 2374. 2403. the dark of the moon is the best time for slaughtering hogs. a man out here by Clayton said to me. 2390. The gift of a pig to anyone causes you bad luck. 2389. you will know that some child sat upon it when the animal was small. 2362. 2404. If hogs are killed when the sign is between the head (Aries) and legs (Aquarius)." 2391. Meat from a hog slaughtered during the full moon will not dry out when raw or shrink when in the skillet because the bones are filled with marrow. The sign of the bowels (Virgo) is a bad time for fixing a hog. Hogs should be castrated when the sign is between the knee (Capricornus) and the ankle (just above Pisces)." 2385. privates.

give her some of it each morning before she is fed and the milk will soon return. If a man milks a heifer for the first time. 2431. and the cow lost her warts. 2434. When she got there he said. the last time a cow is milked before she goes dry. "Our cow had a caked breast years ago. In curing a costive cow. she will spit out the false one. holding the calf by the tail. if after their calves are sold you load the latter backwards into the wagon that is to carry them away. do not expect much milk until the birth of her next calf. It is unlucky to pour milk over the bail of the milk bucket. if infrequently. 2438. 2422. 2449. some corn meal. Milk a cow for the last time on Friday morning and she will calf in the daytime. 2420. 2430. 2423. 2424. 2443. Just before the moon becomes new is considered an excellent time to begin the weaning of a calf or colt. grease the bag with strong butter at each milking-time on three successive days. Let the final milking of a cow be on Sunday (some specify Sunday morning) so that she will calf during daylight. mother said it was hard to milk her. tie a leather thong around its tail as near as possible to the rump. So she tied a knot in a string for every wart. 2410. Water from the tub in which a blacksmith cools hot iron is a good wash for the sore udders of a cow. therefore. Immediately before the sale of a calf." 2447. 2425. it will give sour milk. Twin calves of the same sex should be kept for luck. for it makes the milk bloody. then bury it under a board without looking at the board any more. Milk fever (a caked bag) in a cow is cured by letting her chew on a dirty dish rag. Persons with warts on their hands must not milk a cow. 2411. "Our cow had a calf and its bag was just full of fever. Some say the weaning of a calf or colt should begin anytime during the dark of the moon. Cows do not bawl." 2440. Cows can be dried up by milking them for the last time on Sunday. On the contrary. she is healthy. If a cow licks herself frequently. Whenever a cow begins to lose her milk. unhealthy or actually sick. So the cow and calf were placed in the stable. something that looked like a small sack. the dirtier the apron. Unless you wash your hands after milking a cow. "Our cow's bag was just full of warts. A cow deprived of her calf on Sunday never bawls. tack a piece of its tail to the barn door as a precaution against bawling by the cow. 2428. and administer the same dose twice say some but thrice say others. replace the rock as you found it. cut a bar of soap into five pieces. "My mother had a cow about seventy years ago with a bad caked bag. On selling a calf you must clip two inches from the end of its tail so that the cow will not bawl. 2446. And old farmer said he once found a dried cud that a cow had lost. the better. she will never kick backwards when milked. Bloody milk will be given by a cow that steps on a toad. To prevent bloody milk in a cow. She took sow bugs. the animal will die. A cow that is not milked at the same time each day will go dry. and mashed them all up together and made a poultice of it. 2441. rub over a cow's caked bag that side of the rock which touched the ground. calves or colts must be weaned on the third day before full moon. The cud is merely a portion of food brought up into the mouth from the first stomach in order to be chewed a second time. the milk will not taste like the food they eat. some of the milk should be squirted to the ground for luck. 2450. 2427. If you pick up a rock (a white one say some). 2432.' She did. so all I did was to turn my petticoat over my right hand and rub her bag three times. 2412. steal a dirty dish rag and rub it over her bag and bury the rag. To cure milk fever in a cow. Deprive a cow of her calf on Sunday morning as the moon waxes and you will not be bothered with either animal. If the full moon is avoided as a starting-time for fall or winter feeding. 2421. is sometimes said to be "full of fever" and poisonous for all animals except calves. 2409. To prevent fretting or to get large animals. in drying up a cow intentionally." This will also cure the feverish bag of a mare. and nothing but milkweeds would grow on that spot. it dries her up. Always feed a cow's milk to the hogs on the first three days after she has calved. You can cure a cow that gives bloody milk by milking her through your wedding ring. 2426. rub it over your cow's breast. 2436. "If a cow gets its tail cut and the sun shines in her rear end. And next morning the cow was all right. "I knew a man that had a cow and she got a caked bag. squirt some of the milk to the ground four or five times. 2417. called beestings. and if the cows are turned out in the dark of the moon to begin their spring or summer pasturage. 2439. 2433. A cow frets at the purchase of her calf. but those of a different sex should be sold or killed. Do not name a newborn calf. As a treatment for loose bowels in a calf. 2457. 2435. 2429. The best time for weaning late calves is the first five days in September. 2444. unless you cut off the calf's tail tip and lay this on the cow's back. and she got well right away. "We had an old red-and-white cow and she would always step over the milk bucket when we were milking. 2448. Feed a greasy dish rag to a cow and she will recover her lost cud." 2455. pulled it away backwards from the mother until neither cow nor calf could see each other. 2419. 2458." 2451. boil them in a pint of milk. but some of the old-time farmers thought the cud was an organ of the cow's digestive system. The first time a cow is ever milked. Any of the three days preceding a full moon is a proper time to begin the weaning of calves or colts. We were all down by the cow when a neighbor man said to my mother. the ailment will be cured. a woman must lift up her dress and wipe the bag with her petticoat." 2454. A farmer said he wanted to buy a calf years ago. 2453. As a remedy for clogged mammary ducts in a cow's bag (an ailment called caked bag). 2456. and he put cow manure all over her bag and it help her. brought the cow right out." 2437. and the buyer. . 2416.50 2408.' She went with him. 2415. 2442. Cream from a cow that eats her afterbirth does not churn into butter. you will turn her dry. A calf taken from the cow during the sign of the feet (Pisces) is never missed by the cow. 2418. then bury the apron right away. Lightning and thunder sours milk. As soon as she recovers her cud. others say the light of the moon. This feeding is usually done by wrapping the rag around a stick and forcing the rag down her throat. some of the milked should be squirted to the ground for luck. this first milk. 2414. Calf or colt secluded from the cow or mare on the full moon will not lose weight. If a cow is milked and any of the milk accidentally falls on to the ground. 2413. but the owner refused to sell unless the animal was removed backwards from its mother. 2445. 2452. 'Come over here behind the barn. If the afterbirth is eaten by the cow. Take a colt from the mare at this time. 'Take off that apron.

2499. thus killing the animal. Son and Holy Ghost. "A man had a fine horse. to guard against lameness. To bring back a cow's lost cud. when these old-fashioned shoes became stiff. This burning was rather common in days when socks were not always worn. your feet will burn all the time. Tie up a shovelful of human soil in a rag and stuff it inside the mouth of a cow that has bloated up from eating too much white clover. salt." 2496. and into the brain. burn some scrapings from his hoof and use as a poultice.' We did. Another device. She lost her cud. Blood poisoning attacks a horse that steps on a nail. A few drops of whiskey in each shoe eased the pain. A Civil-War veteran said the soldiers generally used this device. If a cow starts to chase you. He said he would give anyone twenty dollars that would stop the horse from bleeding. The wound caused by a horse stepping on a nail will not become infected. when an old Swedish man that was working on a farm next to us said. 2471. fill the wound with salt (salt and pepper say some). kill it and feed the entrails of the chicken to the horse. 2477. said it would save the horse. 2492. 2485. 2472. and it broke it right up. 2489. or rather the worm causing it. and the farmers would come for miles and get a jug of that slack water when their horses would have the colic. This parasite gradually works its way up the tail. Distemper is cured by burning chicken feathers and letting the horse inhale the smoke. Bind cow manure on the wound when a horse gets scratched on a barbed. and that was all my father done. "Our calf got cut real bad and was bleeding. 2468. lard. 2469. My sister counted fifty backwards and got the twenty dollars for saving his horse. The significance of a cow getting into the house is bad luck. The symptoms of the disease are an aenemic cow and a tail hanging limp "like a dish rag. the blood will turn black and darken the meat. If a horse has colic. Indigestion in a cow is cured by feeding her a stolen dish rag. a cow disease in which the tail begins to rot." 2502. 2483. then stand up for the Amen. you would lose your cow before the year is out. The nail that a horse runs into his foot must be driven high up into the wall of your house. say In the Name of the Father. fold your thumbs over the palms of your hands and close your fists tightly so that she will not harm you. 2503.wire fence. the swelling beans were supposed to soften the shoes. and she got all right. Pink-eye in a cow will disappear after you have rubbed her bag with some of her milk. rub his jaws with a bone every day at sunset. retrace your steps backwards to the same words. 2494. To free a cow from hollow horn. As a treatment for lockjaw in a horse. lockjaw can be averted by hanging the nail over the barn door. and. 2490. Mud taken from a place where cattle stand is a good ointment for wire-fence cuts on horses. make her swallow a menstrual cloth.51 2459. "My father years ago had a blacksmith shop out in the country. In the sign of the feet (Pisces) during the dark of the moon is the time to wean a colt. For colic in a horse. 2466. filling it with soot or salt and pepper. split the tail at the tip. "Several months ago a horse went by my house and the horse stepped on a nail. and the calf stopped bleeding. 2493. so they say." 2470. Always bury a dead cow under a mulberry tree to keep any of the others from dying. 2495. and the leather of the old hand-made shoes. the disease. 2465. To break a horse from cribbing. 2461. . and put it in the fire. 2473. HORSES AND MULES (2479-2582) 2479. a piece of bacon should be rubbed over the wire to heal the wound. The warm water in which a menstrual cloth has been soaked is given to horses with colic. "We had a horse down in the Bottom that would get the colic every now and then." 2498." One of three treatments may be used: cut the end of the tail until it bleeds. We made her a cud out of an old dish rag. 2478. 2462. You treat hollow horn in a cow by boring a hole with a gimmet just behind the hair at the roots of both horns to draw blood. if the nail is removed and carried in your pocket. and it would get well right away. Tea made from chicken dung (the white part only say some) is administered to horses with colic. with a big head. To check the bleeding of a wound caused by the horse gashing himself on a barbed-wire fence. and the disease will be gone. provided you pull out the nail that he has stepped on and drive it into a piece of wood or an old rotten log. 2480. "My horse had a bad carbuncle on its back. putting in it some of the blood. This will make the gas leave her stomach and she will become well. 2484. Unless this is done." 2481. If you butcher beef in the dark of the moon. and sew it up. without straightening up or turning around. "Years ago I worked for a Southern lady and she said if you took the hoe through the house. "I let my fire go out once in the winter and my only cow died that week. 2491." 2460. Salt is placed in each ear of a cow to rid her of indigestion. apply a mixture of cobwebs and soot. 2482. Profuse bleeding in a horse is stopped by boring a hole into a tree. cut a gash in her tail." 2488. bacon rind. is said to be caused by a yellow worm. We did everything we could. 2464.she can be cured by feeding her some of your finger-nail scrapings on a piece of bread. and some soot out of the cookstove. If you kill a cow in heat and use her hide for making shoes. 2463. caused a greater friction against the bare feet. was to fill them with navy beans and water overnight. The flesh of a cow killed when excited or angry becomes tough. unlined with cloth as they are today. will enter the brain and kill her. 2497. 2501." 2475.an ailment frequently called founders or flounders (founder) --. If a horse steps on a nail. the blood will not turn black and darken the meat. 2500. "We had an old red cow. 'Tie a wire around its tail real hard. Wolf or hollow tail or wolf tail. and make a hole four inches from the tip of the tail. 2467. took it right in the house. I ran out and helped the man take the nail out. If a cow has eaten too much and is swollen up --. through the body. The man was so thankful. Loose bowels in a colt is cured by tying a string tightly around its tail as near as possible to the rump. and plugging up the hole with a wooden peg. If a horse cuts himself on a barbed-wire fence. You will never kill an excited or angry cow with the first shot. and I made a poultice of the cow droppings and put on. A horse will neither go lame nor get blood poisoning. if in the light of the moon. 2487. We thought she was going to die." 2476. about three-fourths of an inch long. as you walk under his belly. stuff a menstrual cloth up under his lip. let him drink some brine off a salted mackerel. unless you remove the nail immediately and stick it into lard. was: to get a black chicken. 2474. 2486. As a remedy for checking the flow of blood from a cut on a horse.

then. failing to turn over. always save the toe-nails and hairs around the feet of the hog. let him be. Do this for seven days and all inflammation will leave his feet. buy him. In the Name of the Father. like opening a gate. 2541. If three white feet. will cure him of distemper. Remove a wart from a horse by rubbing it with an old bone while you say. Some say the same thing about a mule. Two white feet. 2542. fasten it there by wrapping the wire three times around the horse's leg. and then bury the bone. deny him. One white foot in a horse is lucky.hundred dollars for each roll. drill or punch a hole through each end of a flat strip of lead so that these two holes can be threaded with a piece of copper wire. put the hair in that hole. 2518. 2509. then rub that oil on the swollen part. Son and Holy Ghost. rubbing down so the soreness will go in the ground. tie a live frog or toad (some say it must be split open) on his withers. If a hornet nest is burned and the horse inhales the fumes. 2515. can swing freely. will heal it. "If a horse has a left-hind white foot." 2528. The person who sells a horse that is going far away should back him into the wagon so that the animal will not lose weight on the journey. If three. Whoever walks under the head of a horse will be unlucky. buy him. 2537. 2538. put them in a sack to dry. if they are rubbed with an ointment made by soaking potato bugs in coal oil. can learn to do anything. My husband kept a can of the jimson-weed leaves in the barn all the time to apply on any sore a horse would get. 2506. Treat distemper in a horse by feeding him a hornet nest. 2535. 2536. Never purchase a horse that shows the white of his eyes. In ridding a horse of sweeny. 2511. Three. it will be that foot. To have horses turn back towards the pasture when driving them home means sickness in the family. if you do. If two. 2512. and letting the liquid stand seven days in the hot sun. then bore a hole in a young tree that grows real fast. you will not be able to do anything with him. Never use a piece of new harness when breaking in a young horse." 2505." 2532. 2520. A broken-winded horse (a horse with heaves) becomes well. 2524. 2533. burn old shoes and make the horse breathe in the smoke. give it to your wife. then apply that to the sore. The washing of a horse's fislow (fistula) every morning with a greasy dish rag cures it. the animal will be fretful and difficult to train. If two white feet. Let the person buying a horse consider this advice: "One white foot. when suspended in a glass partly filled with water. try him. and as many times as the ring strikes against the glass will reveal the number of his years. adding rain-water. " 2527. look for trouble." 2521. 2531. 2513. 2510. 2508. 2526. "If a horse has a swollen joint. 2540. and as soon as the bark grows over that hole.52 2504. put some of this on some coals and let the horses smell it. 2543. Rain on the first of May kills lice on a horse. . Three white feet. If a horse has founder. If you see a horse rolling on the ground. try him. then urinate on them. look it over close. You rid a horse of heaves by mixing some saltpetre with his oats in the dark of the moon. on this tie a gold or a wedding ring. is worth less than fifty dollars. 2519. 2534. Take off his hide and throw it to the crows. If four. tie him in a pond during the day so that he stands with mud and water up to his knees. "When you kill your hogs." 2530. Horses having four white feet bring good luck. you will become lucky by naming the animal. Liniment for a horse's sore shoulder is prepared by filling a bottle half-full of piss ants (large black ants). An opossum skin should be placed under the collar of a horse that has a sore shoulder or neck. 2514. if given water in which a blacksmith cools hot iron. Warts are removed from a horse. feed it to the crows. the animal will soon die. the sweeny will be gone. A horse with one white foot is always weak in it. take jimson-weed leaves and put them in a can. try him. count the number of times he rolls over completely from side to side and estimate his value at one. 2517. Sometimes a hair from the tail is substituted for that of the mane. Do not change the name of a horse. Do not buy a horse without considering this advice: "If he has one white foot. Four white feet. wait and see. If two. Horse buyers should heed this advice: "One white foot." 2529. If your horse gets the distemper. This advice is given to a horse buyer: "If it has one white foot. he will lose his distemper. Four white feet and a white nose. Keep a black cat near horses for luck. and if he goes lame. Founder in a horse is treated by giving him some pubic hair taken from three different persons. He had a lot of horses and this is what he did for sweeny. hold it so that the ring. 2523. 2507." 2522. take and put worms in a bottle and let stand in the sun until they turn to oil. 2539. To discover the age of a horse: jerk a hair from his mane. "If a horse has a bad bad sore. To free the leg of a horse from a ringbone. As a remedy for distemper. covering them with alcohol. that a mule. buy the horse. "If a horse has sweeny. further." 2516. having bent the leaden bandage over the ringbone. Pulverize some white dung from a chicken and sprinkle this powder into the sore eyes of a horse. he is very tricky. buy him. And if four white feet do not buy him. That is an old remedy of my uncle. If you are asked to name a horse. but three white feet are luckier. Sixteen years of bad luck follow the killing of a mule. It is unlucky for the seller of a horse to watch him led away from the stabIe. take a hair out of the horse's tail. 2525.

A person who on his way to transact some business meets a white horse will be successful. 2595. she will never have another child. I told her I took it up to the attic first so my baby wouldn't have bad luck through life. say Zip and it will cause you good luck. 2562. If you meet a white horse. It is lucky for a red-headed woman to meet a white horse. 2550. 2561. A mother while visiting should not lay her baby on a table (the center of the table say some). white horse. On seeing a white horse. 2567. A woman who is nursing a baby can discover whether she has become preganant again: if she boils some of her milk and it curdles. 2564. 2554. she must never hold that baby in her arms. Look over your left shoulder when you pass a white horse and you will see the devil. white horse. To see a white horse means you will get a buggy ride. 2570. you will soon see a white horse. for if she does she will soon have a baby. The rider who puts his hand up on the right ear of the horse before mounting him is never thrown. If outgrown baby clothes are given away. The traveler who meets a white mule will soon meet a red-haired Negro. 2593. The person counting one-hundred-and-fifty mules soon finds something. As a matter of precaution when entering the room of a new mother for the first time. Do this every time you see a white horse until you get one-hundred horses and you will find something nice. 2590. So the first time I took it out I carried it up in the attic so my child would have luck all through life. BIRTH AND INFANCY (2583-3533) WHO WILL HAVE A BABY (2583-2623) 2583. 2574. "I have tried this and they always go on: if a horse balks. after he hitches up and is ready to start. The first married woman to see a recently born baby will have the next child. and contrariwise. Three white horses met on the same day make you lucky. "A man told me that whenever he didn't do this he always had bad luck: if a man is getting ready to drive a team. If a mother keeps a baby's first clothes. Some say it is lucky to see or to meet a white horse. The first house at which a mother stops when taking her baby out for the first time will be the next place to have a baby. unless this is done before the infant is christened. 2548.laying a baby on a bed to bring another child — will be ineffective. You can make a balky horse go forward by picking up some dirt from the road and putting it in his ear or mouth. 2588. If you meet a white horse. After you have met a grey horse you will receive a letter. if you meet a red-haired woman. To meet a white horse and a red-haired girl at the same moment is a lucky token. 2565. 2580. a woman visitor should make the sign of the cross to keep from having a baby. 2586. the truth is she had a baby before the year was out. If a mother lays her baby on a bed and the baby wets that bed. If a person stamps one-hundred white horses and then a white mule money will be found the morning after the white mule was stamped. Some say the preceding rite --. you may spit over your left little finger for luck. A white mule should be stamped ten times for luck." 2585. 2568. you will have an accident that day. 2584. 2553. 2566. "It is very bad luck to drive a team of horses all-a-way around your own house was one of my grandfather's sayings. A red-haired woman should always drive a white horse for luck. 2571. Hold your fingers crossed while passing two white horses and receive money. 2582. 2592. It is all right to hold it the second time. To drive or ride a white horse through muddy water is very unlucky. 2581. When my baby came she wanted me to put it on her bed first. A baby throwing up milk is a sign the mother is pregnant. Each time you stamp a white horse you add a year to your life. 2572. Cross your fingers to avoid bad luck when you pass a white horse. If you see a white horse say. pregnancy has begun. bring it to me. I will find something " 2559. 2555 You become lucky by stamping a white horse. 2594. . Persons passing a drove of horses on the road will be lucky. you will not only soon see a red-haired woman but also soon have good luck. 2596. 2547. ding-a-ling-a-ling. Good luck comes from stamping a grey horse. 2577. you will soon see a red-haired woman. 2587. but never the first unless she wants one too. 2551. You will meet a red-haired girl after you have met three white horses. 2576. Well. lippety." 2560. 2558 Always spit over your little finger when you meet a white horse and say: "White horse. 2569." 2546. 2557 Those who meet a white horse will be lucky. the mother will soon be pregnant. If you meet a red-haired woman and fail to see a white horse before reaching home. 2573. she will give that house a baby. The woman who holds a new baby before it is three weeks old will soon get one. then carried it downstairs and put it on her bed. Wherever I go. if a woman goes to see a new baby for the first time. tie some of the hair out of its tail to the singletree and he will move on. she may expect another child soon.53 2544. 2575. Two white horses met on the road are an omen of good luck. 2545. others say it is unlucky. 2563. If a baby dies and its clothes are given away. bad luck may be expected. The person who sees a white horse can avert bad luck by holding up the index and middle fingers of his right hand and spitting between them. 2552. 2556 If you meet a white horse. Lookey! Lookey! White horse! Wet your finger and stamp it in the palm of your hand three times. 2579. "I have heard my grandmother say. Anyone seeing a white horse may spit at it two times for luck. provided they say Lippety." 2589. If you meet a red-haired woman and fail to see a white horse. "I was living upstairs and a woman that was living downstairs had been married over five years and didn't have any children and wanted one. 2591. let him go to the horse's head and pat them so he will have good luck that day. the mother will soon need them again. Stamp one-hundred-and-fifty grey mules for luck. "I always did this when a girl." 2549. when you have good luck. 2578.

Some say this omen may be true of a woman who is not nursing a baby." 2626. a birth is signified. 'It won't be me being pregnant. 2625. The woman who is always getting the sides of her dress wet will raise a large family. 2620. "If you drop a spoon. she will soon have a baby. All the girls at the house were eating the first apple in June and counting the seeds to see how many children they would have. for I have been married eighteen years and have no children. for before the year was out I was pregnant and the only child I have was born. 2630. If you see a frog early in the spring before frogs are supposed to appear. "This June I was down in Marblehead on Sunday. 2614. The man who begins to sit on a stool all the time will soon become a father. Let a bride on her wedding-night throw a piece of wedding-cake outdoors and next morning watch how many birds eat the cake. that will be the number of her children. 2636. Some say you must frown and count the wrinkles." 2609." 2627. 2629. after a child has been born." 2615. I have a baby six months old and I am praying it will stumble before it takes its first step to keep from having any more. 2608. 2635. 2619. and each distinct strike will mean one child. A husband laying his pants on the bed or hanging them on a bedpost will make his wife pregnant. I laughed and said. 2622. the more the moon increases after your marriage. so many will be your children. "When I was young. When a bird flies into a house (through a window say some). Marry on the increase of the moon and your family will be large. I was sitting in a room with two ladies and all three of us were menstruating. 2612. NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU WILL HAVE (2624-2639) 2624. 2613. "Every time whenever I forget and walk around the house with one shoe on and one off I always get a baby. A bright star denotes an approaching birth. 2610. 2628. 2598." 2606. 2633. The woman who sees a falling star will soon have a baby. Sign of a new baby soon." 2618. unless they stumble before they take the first step. the number of eggs in the nest will indicate how many children to expect. According to some this will be true only of the woman's first journey into the country after her marriage. TWINS AND TRIPLETS (2640-2660) . 2604. A shooting star shows a birth has just occurred. 2603. after three days the number of leaves found will be the number of her children. tie a wedding ring to a string and lower it into a glass tumbler and ask. It never failed. there will soon be a birth in your family. 2623. It is an omen of a baby soon for the woman who lays her coat or hat on a strange bed. the larger your family." 2617. 2601. Some say this must occur on the woman's first walk through the woods after her marriage. I always was in a family way. "If there are three women sitting in a room and all three are menstruating. 2639. Not so common as the preceding belief is the one that the mother who leaves a diaper in the house where she is visiting with her baby will soon return for it. Some say the diaper must be soiled. 2600. 2632. others say it must be left under a bed. 2637.54 2597. The itching of a woman's loins is an indication of a birth. 2607." Some say the cracking open is not necessary. the larger his family. need it for another baby. Some say this is true only when done habitually. 2621. A wife sleeping with her head to the south will soon become pregnant. The number of dresses a bride wears on her wedding-day will be the number of her children. you will soon hear of a birth. 2616. A girl can discover how many children she will have by drinking tea and throwing away the leaves. To learn the number of your future children. To burn bean soup indicates someone in the family is pregnant. 2602. 2638. After sugar has been spilled in the house. Count the veins branching out from the main vein in your wrist and that will be the number of children you are going to have. whenever my bread or cake cracked open in the middle.' They had the laugh on me. she may look for a new baby soon. Blow a dandelion seed-ball and the number of seed left will denote how many children you are going to have. One of the two women who make a bed together will have a baby before the end of the year. then there will be no more children in the family. Some say a husband putting his pants on the foot of the bed will give his wife a baby. How many wrinkles you have in your forehead. it is the sign that one of them will be pregnant before the year is out. To find a baby's pacifier means an approaching birth in the family. and "Somebody left a diaper". If while standing you see a star fall and it falls to your right. If a woman on a trip to the country counts the bridges she crosses. 2599. a death. The poorer the man. If a mother leaves a diaper where she has been visiting with her baby. 2631. a raising-up more than usual in the center is sufficient. If a woman while walking through the woods finds a bird nest. 2611. 2634. If a woman nursing a baby drops her broom and steps over it. "They say when a baby just starts to walk. a birth in the family may be expected. there will soon be a birth at that house. others say the head of the bed. the amount of steps it just takes is the amount of children you will have. "How many children shall I have?" The ring will answer by swinging to and fro against the sides of the glass. "Grandmother said if a woman goes to a house and puts her hat and coat on the bed where a newborn baby is lying. if to your left. It is unlucky to have an uneven number of children. A birth in the house is foretold by a dog that looks down to the ground while howling. "An old saying of my grandmother's was: if you drop your dirty dish rag. when the hostess does not desire a child. the number of birds will be the number of her children. it signifies a birth in the family before the end of the year. 2605. A husband and wife who let someone sleep between them will soon have a baby. hence the sayings: "Don't leave a diaper here". The number of knots or lumps on the navel cord of the first baby reveals how many children will be born to the mother.

if beneath the side opposite the heart. 2679. if the hips. Girls who were the first-born in their families may look for a son as the first child. and it went away. This is an old remedy that came over from Germany. 2680. a girl. a boy will be conceived." The eating of a twin berry. Women who become pregnant during the sign of the Twins give birth to twins. Boys are had more frequently by youthful than by elderly parents. An old Irish woman told me to keep out of the water. 2658. 2660. a girl for the latter. 2686. If a woman is impregnated from the third to the fifth day following her courses. expect a girl as the following child. a boy. if slow. usually only for one person. Some say from the second to the sixth day for a girl and after the twelfth day for a boy. If at the time of copulation a wife is sexually stronger than her husband. the birth of a girl is denoted. 2677. 2670. If a woman conceives at the beginning of menstruation. if toward the end. The opposites are also believed. If pregnancy begins in the light of the moon. 2654. To swim on her bridal day will give the bride twins. the birth of a girl is signified. If morning sickness occurs throughout the entire period of gestation. and especially when they are a boy and girl. Triplets met anywhere are a good omen. dada. If a pregnant woman has pains in her back. she will be brought to bed with a girl. fruit. It is lucky to meet twins. they will soon have twins. 2643." 2657. 2650. a daughter will be born. 2666. a boy. it foretells the birth of a girl. a boy. If pains are felt by a pregnant woman on her left side. If a woman while going along a country road sees two billy goats. a son has been begotten. 2673. a male. 2665. it indicates the birth of a girl. 2669. a girl. the child is going to be a boy. 2667. the woman will be delivered of a girl. 2685. 'That's only an old saying. If a woman is inseminated during the full moon. If a woman carries the embryo all-the-way-round. 2649. If the embryo is carried high (often described as in the hips. you will have twins. if low (often described as in the stomach). 2674. if unequal. and they cut it in four pieces and each girl eat her piece. 2676. If during sexual union a woman lies on top of a man. and she took her baby to twin girls and let each one blow their breath over the bump twice backward and forward. If in coitus the wife's passion surpasses her husband's. I laugh and said.55 2640. a boy. 2641. a boy. if beneath a man. 2662. . If the stomach during pregnancy is shaped to a point. if the husband's passion surpasses his wife's. she will give birth to a boy. a boy. twins will be produced. 2690. "When I was first married I went swimming in the first three months I was pregnant. The word vomiting is frequently substituted for morning sickness. left ovary. 2655. if after the seventh day. if at the end. If conception comes near the beginning of the non-menstrual period. The reverse is also given. Left side meaning boy is unusual. To find wrinkles on the upper part of a newborn baby's body means the opposite sex for the child that follows. 2644. DETERMINANTS OF SEX (2661-2720) 2661. 2664. each one of those girls had twins. a boy. If the first word spoken by a baby is ma or mama. 2678. 2648. 2645. If the head of the embryo lies beneath a woman's heart. if small. 2684. she is bearing a boy. 120-130 times per second for a male. A girl who is twin to a boy never has any children. 2689. a girl is on the way. a boy. pa or papa. a different sex. 2647. If while in a family way a woman is large on the right side. if three times. a girl.' and went in. First and last child always belong to the same sex. They say a woman who visits a house where there are newborn twins and picks them up will be married in less than a year. 2652. If the bride and groom attend a motion picture show during the three days following their marriage. Sometimes these interpretations are reversed. males. 2642. 2663. a boy. Some say Sunday-born twins will always be lucky. If a woman carrying a baby feels considerable movement within. 2659." 2646. the next child will have the same sex. Some say a boy. 2687. a girl has been procreated. if strong. A woman whose right ovary has been removed will bear females. it is the sign of a girl. 2672. 2656. The first week after marriage a woman should never go to her mother-in-law's house. a boy is coming. If the abdominal region during pregnancy is large. a girl. A red streak running down the middle of a woman's stomach during pregnancy is a token of twins. it denotes the birth of a boy. "About fifty-five years ago there were four girls walking through an orchard and they found a twin apple. An unusual number of twins born in a community is a sign of war. if little movement. said I would have twins if I did. particularly so for a colored person who meets white twins. if da. 2671. 2691. she will procreate a boy. "I knew a woman right over here near Fifteen and Jefferson that had a baby with a bump on its head. If the heartbeat of an embryo is fast. she will beget a female. There are twins in every third generation of the family. if on the left side. If during pregnancy a woman is weak. 2688. A woman who cracks an egg and finds two yolks will soon be the mother of twins. a girl may be expected. triplets. a son. prepare for a boy. nut or vegetable is said to result in twins. such a visit will bring twins. if the husband. 2681. If a pregnant woman is large in front. the birth of a girl is indicated. And as time went on. 2683. At times some say a boy for the former. if morning sickness is absent or occasional. If the abdomen of a pregnant woman fills out first. 2682. but in this case the stomach is said to come down to a point. a boy. she can by naming each goat soon have twins. 2651. The majority of a woman's children will be opposite in sex to the majority of her mother's children. others say they cause good luck in the family." 2653. said if you go swimming the first three months when you are pregnant. If a man and his wife couple twice at the time of conception. These meanings are occasionally interchangeable. 140-150 times for a female. If after insemination a woman rests on her right side. 2692. a girl. it signifies the birth of a girl. a girl. "My mother would never let me eat an egg with two yolks. See 2687. if on her left side. the woman will have a girl. 2668. If labor pains are prolonged. if in the back. if in the dark of the moon. 2675. thighs or waist). If a newborn baby has creases of an equal length behind its knees. The discovery of a twin ear of corn by a woman while shucking foretells twins at her next delivery. a girl. I got the twins. Brides going to the theatre on the day they are married will conceive twins within three days.

a girl. They had a pet bear that would walk around on one foot and carry a cup for you to put money in the cup. The sex of their first child will be that of the first person met by the bride and groom on leaving the place where the wedding ceremony occurred. a girl. name it a boy or a girl. its fingers were all drawn in just like the iron hand. 2706. When her girl came it cried every time she saw a green apple. This woman wanted it so bad she cried over it. A woman's first child will be a boy. Even if you gave her an apple she would cry until the apple was out of sight. Some say a male name must be used. if a woman. a boy is kicking. if a girl. 2718. a drop of which may be dropped into a glass of water as a method for divining the sex of the unborn child: if the milk settles at the bottom of the glass. If the baby is going to arrive about the time expected or a little sooner. An expectant mother can obtain a son by eating a lot of baking-soda or a daughter by drinking a lot of milk. and they never did get the fingers to come open like they should. 2713. She was pregnant. 2696. You can change the sex of the next child by turning the bed around. Another thing my mother did at the same time was to go . tie a string to the bone. the next child would be a girl. the baby will be a boy. 2695. To discover whether a woman with child will have a girl or boy. I will show you. "I know a boy that is only nine years old. 2712. "I knew a woman back in Kentucky that her husband always kept the axe under the bed. if a daughter." 2722. for when her girl came she had a big red apple on her face. "About twenty-five years ago there was a carnival in Camp Point for a week. a boy. write the Christian names of the parents to be and also the name of the month during which conception occurred. a wish to that effect may be made by the pregnant wife while looking at her husband. 2710. "I knew a woman that lived next to my mother. She went out to the orchard to get the apple. 2719." 2725. that goes to the same school my children do. Her little sister came over eating a green apple. a boy 2703. if later.56 2693. if on the headboard. The first time she makes coffee after her marriage a woman may make a wish for a boy or girl and the wish will come true. that had his hand off. If a cake being baked by a pregnant woman pops open into a large crack." 2723.' And when my new brother came he had only one hand. She said she didn't want any more boys and for him to keep the axe from under the bed. when a girl. a girl may be expected." 2726. and a man told her husband if he would put an axe under the bed. if on the left side. and he had an iron hand with the fingers over so he could hold on to things he worked with. Some say the visitor must not be related to the woman. others say the woman must first pull the wishbone with another person and put the larger piece over the door. "I knew a woman that had four boys. he will father a girl. the woman after she removes her dress at night should kick it under the bed. 2698. that has only one hand over his mother getting scared over a peddler at the door one morning. a boy. 2697. 2714. A woman can divine the sex of her next child by repeating the months in rotation and naming them alternately boy or girl. If a son is desired. if over the headboard. Beginning with the last child's birth-month and calling it boy or girl according to the sex of that child. If during pregnancy a woman has light-colored nipples. If a wife lays her dress on the footboard of the bed at night. About a month before the birth of her baby a woman's breasts will secrete a watery milk. she may expect a girl. To determine the sex of her first child. a boy. she will beget a boy. 2711. She got it." 2708. BIRTHMARK (2721-2886) Cause of Birthmark (2721-2837) 2721." 2724. A plain gold ring may be used instead of the pencil. with a girl that marked her girl with a big red apple right on the cheek and it spoiled her looks. she may expect a girl. an expectant mother should do a lot of smoking. the baby will be a girl. 2716. and when I came. My mother was like everyone else. then count the letters in these words and divide the amount by seven: if the quotient is an even number. 2715. A pregnant woman who drinks a lot of water will give birth to a son. a boy. if they are left unbuttoned. The woman who sees a newborn calf on her first trip to the country after her marriage will have a boy as her first child. If a boy is wanted. the expectant mother should lie flat on her back and hold over the abdomen a motionless pencil suspended from a string. and throw the bone away. "I have heard my mother tell about a farm hand. I feel so sorry for him with only one arm. 2694. provided she always names the last bridge crossed when going anywhere. 2717. if dark-colored. a girl. she will get a girl. They had just one apple on a tree that was bearing for the first time. A woman meeting a load of hay soon after her marriage may name it and her first child will be a boy. if a man enters first. 2702. under a blue and white blanket. And when the woman at the house's baby came. that worked for a man out here in the country years ago. If a husband sleeps at the left side of his wife. a girl will be born. The man that would bring the cane was a one-arm man and every time the man would bring a load my mother would say to my two brothers. To find out the sex of her unborn child. the birth of a girl is foretold. if it swings back and forth. 'Help that poor man unload the cane. So she went and put the sidesaddle under the bed. and do all kind of tricks. "I went to school. she would follow that bear around and try to mock him. I had a perfect bear on the bottom of my foot and it is still there. In the excitement trying to get the apple away from the hog she must of touch her face. walking on one foot and holding her hand on the bottom of her other foot. the sex of the child will be female. if uneven. "My mother was pregnant and they were making sorghum at our house years ago. and kept it there so if they had any more children they would be girls. 2699. If the embryo kicks on the right side. a boy. a woman may cut out the round bone from the first round steak she buys after her marriage. 2700. but before she could eat it she accidentally drop it on the ground and a hog that was in the orchard pick it up before she could. by the husband while looking at his wife. not knowing anything was wrong. and they had five boys. 2705. only a stump like the peddler. a woman should sleep under a red and white blanket. 2704. 2701. she must continue this succession of month-names and alternation of sexes until the month is reached on which she expects the following child. And when her boy came it didn't have any hand. As a method for discovering the sex of an unborn child. a pregnant woman may lay a wishbone over the door. male. 2720." 2707. And they had two more children and they were both girls. She went to the door and a peddler was standing there with one arm. 2709. To secure a son. As a device for procuring a female child. if it remains near the surface of the water. The sex given to that month will reveal the sex of the expected child. If a husband spreads his pants over the footboard of the bed at night. This woman screamed and grabbed her arm. a boy. If a pregnant woman makes baby clothes and buttons them up. They lived out here on a farm near Clayton and she wanted apples. Gradually this will begin to move: if it describes a circle. if at the right side.

" 2731. for we thought he would bleed to death. I got up and got water for him. Mother got so frighten that she grabbed her wrist. I was wanting strawberries all the time. I was marked with a piece of cake just seventy-nine year ago next month. I could not break him of taking bread until he got large enough to make him know he was stealing. I scream and threw my hand over my face. crumpling the cake all up into small pieces. And when my boy came he had a strawberry on his knee. I just could not get it off my mind. that I marked my baby. if only a few bits. "One day I went to a lady's house and she was making light bread. I went and laid down with my hand to the back of my neck. and the strange cat was getting the best of my cat.I have never liked cake to eat and I am seventy-nine next birthday. so he got a little. "I didn't know I was in a family way. but I have a birthmark on the right side of my face as you can see and some of the cake on my arm. Then he wanted to know if I could take care of it." 2731a. for if she did she would get a cancer in its place. The neighbors said she just lived among them. and one on the back of her head. that when my next brother came his hands were off at the wrist. One of Quincy's best doctors told her it was a cancer mark. "My husband's nose was bleeding all the time and I would always have to help him. They were bringing him to the house. I said. I was always putting my hands on my forehead." . Another strange thing about it --. just could not keep it off her mind. crying. And when I was born it looked like someone had shot me through the hand. The child didn't live long. When my father went to town. and the strange cat scratch my arm and I grab my arm because it hurt. and black eyes. That all came from my daughter looking at that woman's cancer breast. God. So when he came home. His head was all bloody. for I know you can. When my other boy came he fainted every time he saw blood. "When mother was carrying me her brother was out in the woods and got shot through the head. I wanted beefsteak all the time and could not get it. "My mother was pregnant and she wanted blackberries and she did not get them. He came home with the water. When her daughter came she had a big spot on her breast. I took her to the doctor to see if he could cut them out. She lived next door to my sister. said it was awful to look at. My mother did not like liver. for I marked him. "Years ago I lived in the country and we could not get what I wanted. "We were living out in the country and my husband was building a fence around the garden when he almost cut his foot off. "My daughter went to see a woman that had a cancer on her breast. My mother was visiting at a friend's house and she saw a nice piece of cake on one of those old crinkle tin pans. look just like cactus. Everywhere I took him he would steal some. One day I sent him after water. It smelled so good. She would stand there for an hour and admire that big doll with flaxen hair. When my son was born he would try and steal warm light bread all the time. that is where the birthmark was. They were red. I threw my hands down and said to the old colored woman that was standing there. but every time he gets angry they are real black. said I looked so funny. "My mother was pregnant and one day she wanted beefsteak. When my boy came he had brown stripes on his neck that looked like boards. one on the chest." 2739a. when she found out something was wrong with her. I wanted steak and this is liver. He would stop sometimes and play around in the sawdust piles. "About forty years ago a woman was in a family way. One night it was bleeding real bad. and she kept this wringing her hands and twisting them up. one on top of the other. I reached up and hit my head real hard on these boards.' She open the package and said. I worried over it all the time. no!' running my hand through my hair at the same time. And when my boy came he had a red spot on his forehead the shape of my hand and it was red just like beefsteak. I was just crazy for a piece. She let me see it. She would go out in the yard and fool with them all the time. 'Do you want to see my breast?' she looked at it. and it hurt so bad I put my hands to the back of my head and came back upstairs. I went to see a woman friend that had a bad cancer on her breast. her mind was on them all the time. but all the time I was sitting there I was wishing I could steal a piece of that bread." 2736. picked up the piece of cake and started to eating. I can't. " 2737. And when my brother was born he had a bunch of blackberries on his forehead. she was afraid of me. This was a piece of blood on my wrist. thought she would ask after the other woman went home. 'My God! wash that boy. then." 2732. and we had a lot of old boards lying on the joists. Just as mother was going to ask her for the cake a neighbor came in and she didn't want to ask. It looked like a cut. 'Oh. I got so sick to my stomach after I helped him. the cake falling on the floor and everywhere. she worried a lot more. She didn't know anything was wrong with her and when the woman said. I didn't care for any. because she could not make good cake and this woman did. and another piece of the steak behind his ear. could not get enough of them. And when her daughter came it had two slices of liver on her stomach. and this round place on my face was the tin pan that had the slice of cake in.' and the same time threw her hand on her stomach. My mother didn't want to have a thing to do with me at first. And when my boy came he had a perfect cat on his arm. All she talk about all night was his foot was almost off. " 2734.' I am afraid they are cancers. and never to try and take it off. She always said those white pieces you see on my arm was the pieces that child was crumpling up." 2735. My mother said she sure wanted it. and he said. He had to stop this time. And when I was born I had flaxen hair just like that doll in the window. He had got hurt bad. "We lived near a sawmill and I would often send my boy to get water from a spring that was near the sawmill. just to fool her. "I was pregnant and I went down in the cellar to get some fruit. 'Oh. You see this scar here on my wrist? Well. I was not feeling good.that was blood spots from seeing so much blood. for I thought he had got cut at the sawmill. 'Here's your steak. Before the other woman went a child came home from school. This woman had so many beautiful cactus in her yard. Mother was just sick." 2730." 2729. And when my baby came it had four sores on its head and three on her back. he was very fond of liver. And hair will never grow on it. seeing the blood. One of those round things busted and the child died. After she got home she started to worrying about it. And when her baby came it had three things on its head. And after [wards] he told me he was turning over and over in the sawdust pile when he got some big splinters in his face and the men at the sawmill took them out. Everyone told her if she didn't stay away from her cactus she would mark her baby. "My brother got his foot cut bad one day and my mother kept wringing her hands and crying while my father was trying to wrap his foot up. "About forty-five years ago I was pregnant and I had a pet cat I thought a great deal of. mother wanting the cake all the time. And when my boy came he had a scar about a half inch wide on his head and about a inch long just where I had run my hands through my hair. he threw the liver at her and said. They sit there and talked." 2739. And when my daughter was born you would see the fingerprints of my hand on the back of her neck and spots of blood at each finger end. A strange cat came along and the two cats got into a fight." 2727.' and fainted. "My oldest boy was working at the sawmill and one day he came home with the blood all running down his face. but it seem like she just could not stay away from them. We called the doctor and he dressed it. trying to help him. I will show them to you." 2740. Almost every night his nose would bleed and I would get up and help him. " 2728. so I went out to try and stop the fight." 2738." 2733. When I was three weeks old mother had the doctor take the birthmark off. He is around thirty now and the scar is still there and no hair." 2730a. and red spots all around his neck --. my God! Frank. and as he grew the cat grew. And when my other boy came his face looked like blood running down it. 'Let them alone until we see what comes of them. "They say you can't be marked. and he still has it on his arm. "I was always helping my husband. and the bear on my foot too.57 downtown in Camp Point and stand in front of a window and look at a big doll. and blood was running down his face.

for she would draw her fingers in so that they would look like dog's feet. I got so scared because the cow butted its head against the door. It went under the house and cried all night. "Years ago we lived in a pasture like. and of course she cried and took on. it jump up and almost scared me to death." 2746. Our yellow cat jump after the rat and got his foot caught in the trap. You could see the toes and nails very plain. It is a birthmark over her worrying over seeing her sister in the coffin. I had heard so much about it." 2753. I guess you know mother is that old black stuff on the corn. She didn't have any cherry trees on her farm and. knowing we had a tree. She just kept holding on to the coffin and taking on so hard that she marked her boy. all those colors on her leg. One day I was sitting in the room where the rat trap was setting. and it is still on her neck. And that streak of white hair stayed with her until she died. "Just three weeks before my boy was born my husband shot a dog. He's dead now. Mother went over one day to see a woman and she had a coconut on the table. When my boy came it had a place on the back that look just like a coffin. I just didn't feel good. "One day I was picking a chicken for dinner." 2759. They are like cat paws. just got the big door shut when that cow came right against the door. I was sure glad he didn't try to shoot the dog sooner or he would of whine like a dog all his life. About twenty-five years ago a woman near Clayton went out to kill a chicken. one of my children were born with a cow head on his forehead. When my boy came he had a cow head on his forehead. and a big rat got in the trap. the dog and snake fighting. just like the clown had on. "About fifty-one years ago out here near Liberty a woman was helping gather-corn in the cornfield. there was nothing to that old saying. It flops over just like a dog's ear." 2755. "About thirty years ago we were going to town and we had a pet dog. and I not seeing a cow lying down. And when her girl came she had a streak of white hair across her head. nose and ears. "I marked my little baby when my father died. Whenever he would get real mad you could see plainly the horns on the head. but didn't have the horns and eyes. blue and yellow." 2754. seeing the cat in the trap. she is only four years old. Mother just sit there and looked at that face [the eyes] on the coconut. When her girl came it didn't have a hand. We were living at another place. every time she would step out of the house she would step on a big caterpillar. horns and all. "I know the woman well. so he didn't say anything about the cherries. " 2744. It was just trying to play. Every time he gets a little sick you can see a coffin very plain on his forehead. I grabbed my two hands together. She just screamed and screamed and threw up her hands over her head. It scared me so. And when her girl came she had a bunch of cherries on her stomach. Everything made me sick. and the rest of her hair was black. "My sister was pregnant and her other sister took sick very sudden and died. I didn't want to marked my baby but I did. There was a mean Jersey cow in that pasture that everyone was afraid of. the eyes. This girl never went without stockings because it looked so funny. "My aunt's dog bit her oldest child and she went to whip it. and it worried me over him trying to kill the pet dog." 2756. I screamed and took on so. all the time wishing she would give her a piece." 2757.58 2741. "Years ago I was working on a boat down on the Bay and one morning I started down the running-board to get a bucket of water out of the Bay. old brown one.no nose at all. She is a big woman now and still can't keep that arm still." 2758. It worried her and she kept rubbing her neck all the time. And so when my sister came she had the monkey face on her right leg. for she didn't want to mark her child's face. that when her little girl was born she had a dog ear. going over to get the cows to milk. When her daughter was born she had only a little ridge where her nose was to be --. Three years after." 2747. that I screamed and must . " 2745. The dog didn't die. The dog went under the house. I was making some baby clothes as I was expecting a baby. But she knew she was in the family way. So again I threw my hands up. and when I got to almost the end of the plank I saw a dog on one side and a snake on the other side. When I was looking in the coffin I took on so. My husband and I were walking through the pasture. so when I came I had a caterpillar on my hip. The chicken kept flopping and flopping against her arm. They done everything to straighten the ear and nothing would do any good. but it was too late then for they were gone. I ran out and picked up the chair and child and started back in the house." 2750. And when she started in the yard this dog grabbed her and she threw up her hands over her face." 2752. red. And when her baby girl came it had this black all around its neck. [The hand was deformed] It was from that cat jumping on me and scaring me almost to death. In some way she put the chicken against her wrist and pull the head off with her other hand. He was following the buggy and got a bur in his foot. When he got to my house I was making cherry pies. "Mother said that years ago there were so many caterpillars. looked just like the mother on corn. She is fourteen years old now and still has the flopping ear like a dog. Doctors don't know everything. and even the yellow hair like the cat. just the shape of a coffin. It scared me. I was lying on the bed one day and a cat jump through the window right on my stomach. on the baby's leg. the dog got the snake and was killing it. And when a baby she would flop that arm all the time like a chicken. but when my little girl came she had a gizzard on her neck just where everyone could see it." 2748. but she didn't and mother would not ask her for any. "When I was carrying this little girl you see here I asked a doctor if you could mark a child. that I threw my hand down over my leg. He kept holding his foot up to us to take the bur out and in some way the buggy ran over the dog and kill him. She happen to get some of that mother [smut." 2749. But I kept my hands behind me all the time. When I open the gizzard everything in that gizzard squirted all over my face and neck. sent her husband over to get her some. She tried wringing its head off. afraid the dog would get in her face. and he said no. In the winter that tree would be dark brown. just as I got to it. " 2742. He went home and told how good the pies were. We also had a large yellow cat. in the springtime and in cherry-time. "We had a lot of rats in our house and we were always putting out a trap to get them. My cherries were about gone and all I had were in the pies. It scared me so. "Thirty-five years ago a woman went to a circus and a clown come up from the back and hit her on the shoulder. And when her girl came she had all colors on her leg — red. And when my second son came he had a cow's head on his forehead. so she threw her hands down on her legs. "About sixty years ago my grandfather's sister was pregnant. but didn't make a good job of it. And my baby was marked with a cat leg and foot on the side of its leg. It scared her so. and fight just like a dog." 2751. And when this little girl you see here came. and as I just got to the end of the board. He only lived a month. She was so mad over the dog biting the girl and getting away so she could not whip it." 2743. So when her boy came he had a small cherry tree on the back of his neck. "I know a woman that went a-visiting and they had a bad bulldog at the place. "A woman was pregnant and she went out in the yard. ears and nose of this cow. on her left-hand she had no fingers. She pulled it out by its ear from under the house and the dog got away from her. that when my boy came he whine all the time like a dog for three weeks day and night. My oldest boy was sitting in a little rocking-chair out in front of the house when I saw that mean cow coming toward the child. "Years ago my sister was pregnant and she wanted cherries all the time. The arm came down to a point at the wrist. It looked just like our yellow cat. I didn't know he was going to do it. We eat the pies up for dinner and after dinner he told me. "My sister had a monkey face on her right leg just as plain as you ever saw. They were so high on the tree she could not get them often. like the other boy — just the shape of a cow head. a fungus] of the corn on her neck. We were afraid of her. It was cut open and about three inches long. and she was always reaching for cherries. that when my girl came she would just act like a dog whenever she would get angry. thought the cow was coming right in the house. The dog was trying to get the snake. She was out in the yard and a big white dog came along and put his feet upon her shoulders.

When her boy came its leg from the knee down was all red. In a few minutes I heard something say again. When my sister came she had a big buffalo fish across her breast. It was late in the fall and it was getting dark. when her boy came. I thought I would have some for his supper. can't you hear me?' By that time I was getting so scared. They were living in the country at the time. He never grew any larger than a six-year-old child. could not get him straighten out." 2768. for his face was so dirty lying in that coal pile. She happen to drop some of the brown medicine on her dress. She was my neighbor. for they were rebuilding something on the kitchen and it was in the summer." 2764. When her little girl came its legs and arms were crooked like a frog. "My husband years ago was a railroad man. jump in the creek right in front of her. He was the only child out of eight in the family that had red hair. He went upstairs and jump out of the window and killed hisself. She burned and blackened her hand in dragging the wood from the oven and in her excitement pressed the injured hand to her face. as we all still lived on the same farms. I waited until about six. The child only live to be a year old. I was so scared. just looked like a blaze all the time. and the same time threw her hands down on her knee. The doctors say you can't mark a child. I have always been glad that the mark was where it didn't show." 2774. so large that it spoiled her looks. and the piece is still out." 2775. When her baby was born he was speechless. 'My God! we are ruin. but it flopped and scared me. He was a sight! When they pick him up. When her child was born it had the black imprint of a hand on its face. "Years ago my mother was pregnant with me." 2762. As she was standing on the bank looking up and down the creek. I put my sewing up and started supper. and my . We lived in a small town in Wisconsin. I wanted to make some ginger bread for my husband. She screamed and said. for all I could see was his large eyes and black hair." 2761. everything will be gone. and on her shoulder.thirty. "My niece was giving strong medicine to her mother-in-law who was very sick. It was a railroad center in those days. that it brought someone to the creek. in telling the story to Walter many years later expressed relief that it had died. '0 my God! up there. It scared her so. While eating. could not feed hisself. It left a big brown spot. Knowing he would be home a little after four. She throw her hands over her face and screamed so. This woman was in a family way and one day she lost her ducks and she went down to the creek that run through their farm to see if she could find her ducks. My husband drank some. as he was plowing hard out in the field. And today I am an old woman and I cannot stand anyone to touch my neck. I never will forget that night. And when the baby came one whole side of her face looked like it was burnt. I must of grabbed my stomach. "Once there was a woman who was playing an organ in Quincy and she jarred the lamp and it exploded and started to burn. Supper was ready and he didn't come." 2760. if they do study. the scales would drop off. being marked over that fur piece. that she fainted.' When her girl came her face was all red. but I know you can. but muscular action continues for some time]. They would jump all the time. I was so nervous by this time. for she had mark her baby from watching me. and still he didn't come." 2766. and my ginger bread was a failure. I am eighty." 2770. what I wanted to tell you --. nor move his limbs." 2773. and not thinking. The woman threw her hand over her face and said. and went to the front door and called the man upstairs to come down." 2765. Their house got on fire and was burning down. 'Oh. It worried me all night. He was a fine boy. that when her baby was born it had a frog head and webs between its fingers and toes just like a frog. and a little snake on one side and a dog on the other. She was almost dead from fright. M. I was like lots of girls in those days. They were cooking and eating out in a tent. She was very thankful it was on the feet and legs and not on the face. But the child didn't live. His eyes looked like saucers to me at that time. One night he drank too much. And when I came I could not stand for anyone to touch my neck. "A woman was pregnant about twenty years ago. then I ate. And her brother had been to town and had bought his intended a fur piece and muff. but it didn't work. but I would never go with him because everyone called him frog eyes. It was a very good thing. M. "I knew a woman that was pregnant. "I had a little boy and when I would hold him he would bite at my ear all the time. for when my daughter came she had fish scales all over the front of her stomach. for that drunk spell sure marked her. but he was so drunk that when the coal went in the cellar he went in with it and had been down there over two hours. but some days the scales were so plain that if you would rub the fish.I was in a family way. and doctors don't know it all. he had frog eyes and squinted them all the time. "One day I was cleaning fish. When they got him on his feet he grab my shoulder and held on for dear life. I thought I heard something outside or in the cellar saying. Years went by and that boy got stuck on me. for it was before my time. He never spoke a word." 2767. I would fuss at him and slap him. This may sound funny. I slipped over and locked the back door. I married him to reform him. My aunt fainted." 2771. Every night when they came home from work each one would bring a sack of coal home on their back from the engine [coal] car. and he even had red hair. so they didn't have to buy coal. "My aunt while carrying her baby had a brother that stayed at her house who had snakes in his boots and fits from drinking. "Mrs. They were so natural that it looked like you could scale her stomach and they would come off. "Years ago I marked my baby with four things. my God! the tent is on fire. not knowing anything was wrong. "My cousin's wife was pregnant and her husband picked up a big frog one day and just for fun he threw the frog in her lap. a big spot of black hair. just before the birth of one of her numerous children was excited by the catching fire of some wood she had placed to dry in the kitchen oven. but he would keep on biting at my ear. At the moment it almost scared her to death. When I started I thought the fish was dead. my mother knew her well. only he had not been drunk since we married. she didn't see. One day while she was getting dinner and she happen to look up. 'O my God! can't you help me?' 'O God. scales and all. One day she wanted buffalo fish and couldn't get it. that was on an old log. I would just scream. No one was there to help me. He was very fond of it. "My mother lived out in the country and couldn't get everything she wanted. When he died they had to bury him on his side in the casket. My mother told me this. he had black hair and it was standing straight up. It just made her sick because she tried and tried to get it out and it would not come out. "My husband had erysipelas bad and my sister came to see me. "We always lived in the country when I was a girl. the first time it was on. Maybe you think I was not surprised when the man took his lantern and found my own husband in the cellar. and the top of the tent was on fire." 2763. She threw her hands up to her face. because when my baby girl came it had a running-board on the side of her neck. and one afternoon about four o'clock I heard the train whistle for the roundhouse and go on up in the yards. and all I could see was his eyes and hair. help me!' I didn't know if I was hearing things or not. a big frog. It died in infancy and Mrs. thinking she fell in. The dress was a new one. He had brought the sack of coal home with him like he always did." 2769. When my baby girl came she had very large eyes. She worried so over the brown spot in her new dress that when her baby girl came she had a brown spot around one of her eyes. And we had a neighbor that lived a few miles away." 2772. "My mother about forty years ago was pregnant. and watched me taking care of him. Well. It frighten her so. And when my little girl came she had a piece of her ear bit out. running up and down. You know how they just jump all the time [the frogs were dead. When her baby came its feet and legs were covered with red spots. He lived to be seventeen years old. The three men that all worked on the same train all lived on the same block. Well.59 of put my hand on my neck. When he came in the door he just threw the fur piece at mother and it went around her neck. she watched her husband dress some frogs. I believed a man was in my cellar.

And everywhere this girl went when older they called her the goose-foot girl. "A woman was pregnant and one day they were killing hogs on the farm and she went out to help. "In the year of 1884 a woman was taking the fat off the entrails of a dead hog that had just been killed. She did not see the family horse. 'Don't you know what that is? You marked our baby when you cried and took on so when I would not let you have the white hair when your mother died. Another thing he had was a piece of brown on his cheek with hair on it from me getting scared at a rat jumping down in the pantry when I open the door. so she throw her hands up to her eyes." ." 2792. but she kept on playing with the mane." 2789." 2786. The woman almost lost her mind when she saw her baby. This woman screamed and threw her hands over her face. She had long beautiful white hair. It could never walk. thinking the iron had hit the little girl. This woman was out in the barn lot and saw this pig. Doctors say there is nothing to this. This woman was pregnant and she would sit for hours with her hands over her face all the time when crying. It was a birthmark. I didn't know what to make of it. but the pig seem to worry her. This is so. They braided it together and each one of the children took a piece but me --. This is so. he had a round place on the top of his head just like a [hand-patted] pork sausage and the same color. She said. "One day a woman that was pregnant was out in the yard. look at that pig!' She would talk of nothing but that pig. "I knew a woman that cried all the time because her husband run with another woman." 2785. for it is right in our own family. That girl was so proud of that arm she would even roll her sleeves up so people could see it. When the child was about a month old they took it to Jacksonville [Illinois] to the hospital and it died that night. just do anything with that stump." 2783." 2780. "A woman went to a circus and she got stuck on a spotted pony. She would never have her hair cut when living. because I was like the rest of my sisters and brother. "Once there was a woman who was pregnant and she was watching some people kill hogs. for he is my nephew. And when her little girl came she had a big white spot on her head. "A woman I know went out to the barn to feed the horses and one of the horses raised up on its hind legs and pawed and pawed at her with its front legs so." 2778. for it was so funny looking. When her child was born it had a ham bone from her elbow to the wrist. I wanted fish. And her baby it was born with hands and feet like horse feet. They had the four long pieces. for I knew the girl and I saw this. for when her boy came he had a streak of white hair right through the middle of his head. She [the mother] went to see her one day and she [the mother's sister] didn't ask her to eat. You can mark your child. "I know a child that was marked from his mother getting scared over a white horse running away. "A woman was pregnant and she was always putting her hands through the horse's mane. The hair would never grow on it. And when her girl came it had big dark spots all over her body and face. we all went fishing one day. "Eighty years ago a woman was wanting pork sausage all the time and could not get enough of it." 2791. she just could not keep her hands out of his mane. Right away she knew she shouldn't have done it. she didn't believe in it. So when my baby came it had a piece of ginger bread in the corner of his eye from me crying and wiping my eyes. I will tell you. this spot was white and the rest of the hair was black. And the child whenever it got near a person would be running its hands through your hair. And the woman screamed and said." 2779. When they killed one hog all the blood went over this woman. My husband said they should not cut it." 2790." 2776. And when her boy baby came its hand was off at the wrist. "I know a case where a woman marked her baby about fifty-five year ago near Parson. I was only ten year old but I remember it. "I knew a girl that her mother and sister were not on good terms. And her baby boy. There were four children and they went and cut her hair anyway. 'oh. Its nose looked like a hog nose. She was holding the geese by the feet and they kept kicking her all the time and hitting her stomach. Her sister was so nasty. They didn't listen to my husband. I wanted to keep my piece. Her husband said. And when her baby was born it rolled its eyes just like the hog had done. The child didn't live. but my husband would not let me have it. Her husband not knowing she was there fired at another hog and it let out a loud squeal.' My little girl is going on twelve now and the white streak is leaving. She was out in the barn lot when a mule kicked at her and frighten her almost to death. with hoofs on them. crochet. She was about two months in a family way. and as the hair grew. but he came up and put his head on her shoulder. You can only see it at times. It was just pitiful. When her girl came she had a goose foot for a hand [webbed fingers?]." 2781. When her baby girl came. All the way home it mortified her. She must have put her hand on her ear. "About sixty years ago my mother went out to feed the hogs and an old sow that was nursing her pigs got after my mother and she ran to the house. my husband was mean to me when [I was] that way and would not let me have what I wanted. as long as she had never had it cut in life. no fingers. "About thirty years ago a woman was ironing and she drop her iron on the floor. "A woman was pregnant and she went down in the country to visit her sister for a few days. She screamed and tried to get the blood off. And when the baby came it had a square place on its shoulder of horsehair." 2784. The boy lived to be seventeen years old. She must of put her hand on her head. Her little girl was crawling under the table and this woman screamed and grabbed her wrist. She just kept petting it all the time and talking about it. I wanted my husband to buy several but he would not. When her boy was born it was a cripple. Someone told her she had better stop or she would mark her child. Another thing that happen. She was in the buggy and pregnant. She thought it was terrible. so when the boy came he had a sunfish on his stomach. when it was born. My husband said." 2777. They tried to get her to talk about other things. When her baby came it had coarse hair. 'Oh.not that I didn't want it. Only doctors don't know everything. When my little girl came she had black hair and one streak of white hair. "About twelve years ago my mother died. then died. We didn't catch a one. One of the hogs didn't die right away and it came toward her rolling its eyes. She could pick beans. She had a nice ham bone on the table. I cried and cried over the hair. So my boy has the four birthmarks. 'My God. Everything was on the table. whenever it would cry. you could see the fingerprints of her mother's hand over her face where her mother had marked her. It died at birth. One day she put her hand upon the top of her head when she was wanting pork sausage. for when my brother came he had a tit on the end of his ear. let her take it to the grave. Another thing he had some strawberries on his back cheek [buttock] from me wanting berries and my husband would not get them. She would have given anything for a slice of that ham." 2787.60 husband fussed because I wanted the stuff. Even had a horse head. because the baby looked like a mule and would of been awful if it had of lived. They had a very cripple pig. She could not get it off her mind. A little boy on the bank close to us had a nice string of sunfish. When she died they wanted to cut her hair and each take a lock to remember her by. It was colored like a smoked ham. God!' and at the same time put her hand on her shoulder. for this is so. that it frighten her. And he died just last year at the age of eighty years old with the birthmark just like when he was born. The doctor said he was glad. I know it is so. This boy lived on State Street and just died lately. It could not keep its hands out of hair." 2782." 2788. She did want some so bad. About five month after that she had a miscarriage. but I do. "Out here in Melrose [township] a woman was picking [live] geese [for feathers]. Some people don't believe you can mark a child. At the wrist it was just a stump. and the spots even had on them like hog hair. She was standing with her back to the slaughtering pen. are you there! ' When their child was born it had a hog face. sew.

took down her dress and showed the two rat breasts. 'I would not go if I were you.' And this woman said. Not knowing the rabbit was near. even the eyelid had it on. that she wanted some real bad and didn't put up any herself. grey just like a rat. and my father came in from the barn with a big rat that must of had babies." 2811. And another thing --. for her boy's mouth was awful to look at. so scared. And when her boy came every time he open his mouth he looked like the rhinoceros. she threw up her hands and must of let them fall on her side. She was three months gone. When they let her see the baby she said 'Oh! I know just when this happen. I have had four children. This girl always had to wear a high collar all the time because it was so plain. she was just three months pregnant. She was just sick. And when her baby came he had a bunch of raspberries on his neck. And when her baby girl came its whole side of its face was red like blood." 2802. " 2798. "A woman out here in Burton years ago was pregnant and she wanted raspberries. And when her girl came she had hair all around her left eye. When her baby girl came she had a big rat around her neck with the hair on. She stood by and watch them give him a shot in the arm. Just as this woman was getting in the buggy she dropped the jar and it broke all to pieces. but I knew an old woman down the road we called Aunt Kate that had raised a lot of fine potatoes. Of course she threw her hands up to her head. This woman is thirty years old and her eye looks like you skinned a rat and put the skin over her face. This woman said. While we were looking at the potatoes she said. She must of threw her hands behind her. for when her girl came she had a rat right on her behind.' I was just sick because I was going to stay. Aunt Kate hated it real bad." 2809. One day she got very scared at the seals. The hand was off just where she grabbed it. she had hands and feet like a seal --. Of course it scared her and she throwed her hands on her backside. "My sister-in-law's mother was sitting watching them kill a rat one day. for you know you are not well and you may see something you will be sorry for. "I knew a woman about seventeen years ago that went to see a woman and she asked her if she had any red raspberries put up. "My mother-in-law years ago was ironing and two Negro men came down the road. When her daughter came. You see. "Twenty-five years ago I was working for a woman and she got frighten over everything. I will lay this baby down and show you. In the spring it is green like lettuce. You don't look like you believe me.because she always did ask you to stay when you went there --." 2808. This woman said. never taking her hand off of the other. one under each of my own breasts. the pie was gone. Well. one under each of her own breasts. not knowing anything was wrong. She went to see a neighbor and she was making raspberry pies. When her girl came she had red raspberries all over her thigh and knee. My mother was pregnant with me. "My mother went into the cellar when pregnant and step on a lizard [newt or salamander]. and in berry-time they are red. for she didn't know what had hit her. and said she would never go anywhere again if in a family way. Then she empty the flour out. I started up the road mad." 2803." 2801. "About fifty years ago I rented a house from a woman in Hannibal. Mother was glad it was there than her face. I knew my mother owed her some flour. One day a circus came to town and she wanted to go. "I wanted lettuce and didn't get it. Mother brought them back. It just looked like everything was against me. he threw the rat in my mother's lap. said. She saw a big rat in her basement.61 2793. And she even milked some of the milk out of the rat breasts. They had been playing with pokeberries and had them all over their faces. 'I will go right back and get some. You have to get them when you want them to keep from marking your child. I will stay for dinner' --. adds a comment] "Well. She watched the two men until they were out of sight. the breast of the rat up. she did --. I called her every name I could think. You could see them plain. "My aunt went out in the yard one evening after dark to bring in some clothes she had left out on the line. I didn't know she wanted any. so I said. She grabbed her neck. the men-folks are away for the day. "A woman was sitting on the doorstep reading a book when a little pet rabbit run over her book. 'Let me take it back. And when my sister came she had a lizzard on her backside. I have lost my berries!' and at the same time grab her thigh just above her knee. They came to the door and wanted a drink. And when her little girl came it had two dark figures on its wrist just where she had held onto it when she was so scared. 'I will give you a jar when you start home." 2810. She was pregnant. holding her hands up just like a seal. I was so mad I kept hitting myself all the way home with the bucket." 2794. I didn't raise any.' And she did. "I knew a woman that was carrying a baby right here in Quincy. Oh. And when her other boy came it had a purple mark on its arm about the same place where his brother had his shot. and every time I have milk in all four breasts.when I have a baby there is milk in the rat breasts too. 'Why didn't she ask me? I would of gave her all she wanted." 2799.' The woman lives down on Third Street." 2795.' And she did. She told the men to go to the well and help themself. She went to the circus and as she passed the rhinoceros wagon he open his mouth wide and it frighten her so she fainted. And all the time she was talking to them she held one hand over the other. in the fall it is brown. Missouri. but I didn't want them then. who collected this story. for when her boy came he had a rabbit on his thigh. and not thinking. 'Oh. When I got there she took me out to the smokehouse and showed me all her fine potatoes. "My sister was at the hospital one day. My aunt thought they were hurt and got scared and screamed and put her hand over her face. 'When you go home I will give you a pie for your supper. It scared her almost to death. sewing. That woman went to the circus all the time and she was pregnant. She was scared to death because she was alone. "I have a little girl that has a potato pancake on her leg and she is about nine year old. Mother screamed and threw both of her hands over her breasts. When she came in to fix supper. Knowing my mother was afraid of rats. The old man had come in from the field and seeing the pie eat it all up. when I was pregnant I was frying potato pancakes one morning and some of the grease popped on my leg. When my girl came she had potatoes right where I kept hitting myself with the bucket. She was still living the last I heard of her several years ago. I grabbed my leg. "My mother knew a woman that went one day to get some potatoes out of a sack and as she put her hand in the sack a rat ran out. and she grabbed her wrist and screamed.thinking I would get potatoes. They look so bad that this girl could not wear silk stockings because they would show through." 2807. thinking it would hide her condition. and saw a big black skunk . and with a small nipple. And when she came she had a small brown potato right where I grabbed when the hot grease went on it. Not thinking. for I was just crazy for some." 2805. She was sitting holding her hand over her left eye.' And she did." 2804. 'I have been wanting raspberries so bad. Her little boy had lockjaw. The woman took the pie home and put it in the pantry and went out to hoeing her garden." 2800. When my boy came he cried like a lamb all the time until he got large. was sitting. "One day I wanted potatoes so bad." 2806. "I know a woman here in Quincy that was ironing one morning and a rat ran around the room.would walk around on her toes. "My aunt was pregnant and one day the children came home from school with their faces all red. She holler and said. " 2797. and every year it gets larger. 'I don't have to get dinner today. He comes to our house now and you can see the rabbit plain. "I was visiting out in the country when pregnant and all I heard was lambs crying. She was just sick and worry all the time about her boy's mouth." [My sister Minnie. When I was born I had two small rat breasts. As she passed the smoke house something hit her in the face. I said. it looks so natural.' and did. just about the size of a quarter. She did have a lot of large potatoes. She started to crying and threw her hand back of her neck." 2796. I wanted it so bad! When my little girl came she had a lettuce leaf on her leg. And when her baby came it only had one hand. When I got home I broke down and cried and told mother about the potatoes. They were dark brown and just about the size of a quarter as she had said. "My father did this just for fun.

by a squirrel jumping upon mother's shoulder when she was out in the yard. the other side black like the snake. "I knew two sisters that wanted the same strawberry." 2826. but I do know up to four it was just like a snake. then moved to Quincy. and one of them got killed. She threw her hands up and she must of touched her face. The woman pick up the cow horn and blew real hard. And when my sister came one side of her face was light like mother's. and you smashed it up. Her husband took her to the house.62 hanging on the line." 2816. and the other sister put her hand over her other hand and said. but she didn't. for I lost all traces of the family after we moved here. and it cave in on him and he cut his toes off on his left foot. She looked and saw a large blacksnake all wrapped around the cow's back legs sucking the cow. and her husband came running. And when her baby girl came it had a snake wrapped around its head. "My sister got very frightened in a 'lectric storm and threw her hands up over her face. And every spring when snakes shed their skin. "Two snakes were fighting one day. But I guess the woman was too busy to think about it. that real bad one. And when her little girl came she had no toes on her left foot and never did. My own daughter asked her one day how the snake got there and she got a good whipping from me for asking her. It made her sick. she smashed it all up. When her daughter came she had a snake on the arm on the inside. I screamed and threw my hands on my breast at the same time. She died just lately. And when her girl came it had a snake around its neck with the head on one cheek and the tail on the other cheek. When her son came he had a vine over his head with two blackberries on. She met a snake. "My uncle's wife was watching the St." 2827. When her boy came he had snake eyes." 2823. He was very sick for a long time and his wife took all the care of his foot. and in the spring when snakes go to crawling it always showed very plain. because when her little girl came it had a blacksnake across her eyes. and a big snake was in the bushes and she put her hand on the snake. It made her real sick. Even when they would talk about it. and because the one could not get it. She would not even let it nurse. When her little girl came it never had any bones. And she has a boy that is twelve years old." 2822. speaks about it. It crawl on the floor just like a snake. just going over and over. When her child came it had a snake head. to call the men in. but she would never nurse any of her babies because she didn't want anyone to see this big rose and snake. And every time there is a 'lectric storm you can see the prints of her hand on his face. "About seventy years ago a woman was pregnant and she was out picking roses." 2821." 2818. There was a big one and some little ones. "I know a woman that marked her child. that she threw up her hands. he was working in a lumber camp." 2819. In time this woman married. and in strawberry-time that strawberry on my head itches all the time. When they let the mother see the baby and the snake she would not have a thing to do with the baby. long and narrow. And in strawberry-time the berries were red. 'Oh.' And when her boy came he had two fingers all red that looked like strawberries smashed all over his two fingers." . They kept a cow horn in the barn to blow. "I know a woman that her husband was driving a threshing machine and he run over a sand bank. it would make her sick. "I knew a woman that was helping pitch hay with her husband and she picked up a big snake on her fork. She just started to pick a bunch of greens when a big snake went by her. The men had been out hunting that day and got home about dusk and hung the skunk on the line. for they were very good friends. And when my daughter came she had a big snake and some little snakes around the big one on her breast. I can't tell if the child lived or died. A woman came along pregnant and saw the two snakes fighting. The head was near the hand and the snake went up her arm. "One spring day a woman was taking her husband his lunch. A blacksnake crossed the path right in front of her. They both reached for it at the same time. This woman was three months pregnant and she always milked the cows. 'Oh! I wanted that berry so bad." 2815. She screamed and threw her hands around her head. "Years ago I was pregnant and one day I was crawling over a fence out in the country and I put my hand in a snake nest. my mother eats just like a squirrel by picking everything up in small pieces. my God! a snake!' and fainted. She got so scared that she fell in the blackberry patch over the vines." 2820. The boy has never been able to get them off. "A friend of mine at Hannibal [Missouri] went berry picking and one day she got afraid of a big snake. One morning after her husband went to the field to work she went out to milk the family cow. then killed the snake. She screamed and threw her hand on her breast. that sees her eat. "My mother wanted strawberries all the time and could not get them. And at last they both died. "My mother was mark with a squirrel. And if I do say it myself. It scared her so." 2830. When she got to the barn the cow was standing there trembling with it eyes all bulge out. And she had twins and they would fight all the time." 2825. "Mother went to see a woman one day that was canning strawberries. I lived there until the child was four." 2829. It was pitiful seeing that child crawling like a snake. and she had to cross over some timber. She almost step on it. She was out getting greens for dinner one morning and happen to run on a snake while picking. Everyone.over her seeing those black clouds go down the river and scaring her." 2814. My mother could of asked for some. the tail right up to the shoulder. "A woman living down here in the South Bottom of Quincy one day was ironing when she look down and saw a big snake crawling toward her in the kitchen. When her girl came she had a white streak of hair right through the middle of her hair and it stayed with her. "Mother was taking water to my father in the field one day and as she was going across a oats field she saw a big blacksnake all coil up. and I can never get enough strawberries. and when my brother came he had a perfect dish of strawberries on the back of his neck. When she saw him she threw the horn down and threw her hands up around her neck and said. After the hair came out you could not see it plain. and one day she threw her hands over her head. "A woman was walking down the country road. She threw her hand up to her face." 2813. As you know." 2824. Some of the neighbors thought they starved it so it would die. When it was black-berry-time the leaves would be green and the berry black. and when I came I had a big strawberry on the top of my head. It showed so plain that the mother cried every time she looked at the child." 2817." 2828. because as the child grew the snake grew. She always wore long sleeves. for it happen in the spring. The squirrel was a pet but it scared my mother. "About fifty-five years ago my mother had a friend living out in the country. and when her baby came she had a rose and a snake on her breast. She step over it. only on the forehead where the skin would shed every year when snakes shed their skin. She drop the greens and grabbed her arm. The child only lived several months and the mother was very happy when it died. but sometimes the children at school would see it and ask her how the snake got there. The snake raised up and struck at her. This woman took her hot iron when the snake got real near and reached down and sit it right on the snake's back and killed it. This woman afterward said she was sorry she didn't think and give mother a dish of berries. the skin would peel off of the snake on this woman's body just like a snake. My mother said all the time she was sitting there she was wishing the woman would give her some. They fed the little girl but it only lived to be about five months old. they have a white streak down their back. "My mother-in-law was picking blackberries and saw a snake. Louis cyclone go down the river about twenty year ago. When her son came he had big dark cloud all over his neck — looked like his neck's always dirty --. This is so." 2812. She had a big dish of the red berries sitting on the table. hitting the back of her neck.

2855. 2854. when a newborn child constantly smacked lips and stuck out tongue. She threw up her hands over her face to keep the wine out of her eyes. That was the blood I saw running from the turtle head. others say you must reunite this portion with the whole before burying it. Unless women in a family way touch the corpse when they attend a funeral. smear some of the afterbirth over it. When my babies came she would always look them over good to see if they had a birthmark on them before the afterbirth got cold. It was a dark red like wine. 2849." Prevention of Birthmarks (2838-2849) 2838. there are two different opinions concerning burial of afterbirth: some say you must bury by itself that portion which was used. When they closed the store and he did come home he didn't have the tomatoes. He had forgot he even went for them. The marking of children occurs after the fourth month of gestation. It almost scared her to death. My cousin got a rock and killed it. In this belief. To make a birthmark vanish. Women in a family way can have any kind of child they want by constantly thinking of and wishing for the desired qualities. but formerly. He was always sitting on the corner of Seventh and Hampshire. When my son came he had a streak of red down over his face. And he died from it. They took it to all the doctors here but no one could do anything for her. Put the rest of the afterbirth in the ground. "I will tell you a thing my mother did. saw her little girl playing on the railroad track and the train coming. 2852. The latter will fade away as the former decays. the birthmark will be gone. Afterbirth should be rubbed on a birthmark and buried. that was pregnant and living up near Rock Creek Station on the Bottom road. and those following. Some say the afterbirth must be turned inside out and applied." 2856. for she will make her unborn child a thief. Removal of Birthmarks (2850-2886) 2850. and when my father would go plowing. My cousin made it mad and the turtle started after me. 2848. "We lived down in the Bottom. If a woman during the first three months of pregnancy gazes upon a dead person. She wears her hair down low so people can't see it. The only indication that this has happened is a continual smacking of lips and sticking out of tongue by the baby. compared to the physical birthmark." 2833. her child will look like a corpse." 2836. for they did not carry fresh ones. 2843. he has a mark across his neck just where the window hit his mother on the neck. and you could see drops of blood on his fingers. she can avoid the marking of her child by crossing herself and saying In the Name of the Father. His father was drinking. carry it into a dark room and wipe the disfiguration with afterbirth and then hide the latter in the ground. "I knew a woman that was pregnant and every time she went downtown she had to pass the cripple. is the pregnant woman's unfulfilled desire for some article of food. I wanted tomatoes. and when her baby came it had its bladder on the outside. When he got to the store he did like all men do in a small town. "My mother was halfway gone in a family way and she started out the kitchen door. Amen. She was always fussing because the turtles were getting her bait off the lines and the snakes were crawling around. An expectant mother who burns herself should immediately bite a hole through her apron or dress to prevent a birthmark. my mother would go down to the Fabby [Fabius] and fish all day. because the embryo is well formed at the end of the third month and beyond any outside influence. take the afterbirth and rub over the mark three times. The snakes and turtles were always around her. A pregnant woman who becomes frightened and throws her hands on some part of her body will not mark the child. " 2832. Causes of Birthmarks. not physically marked. sit down on a box to talk and forgot all about me sitting home alone. Let this dry on the birthmark for three days before you wash it off. She was fighting snakes and turtles all the time. She was looking out the window with a stick under the window. and when it rots. Sometimes. Someone got her off just as the train went by. "About sixty-eight years ago Dr." 2857. and this is so. she would rub the afterbirth over it three times while warm. however. If a child is marked at birth. She would never bury the afterbirth until she was sure that the baby didn't have any marks on it. one had a turtle on her back and the other girl a snake right up over her eye. 2847. 2858. The woman got so frighten that she threw her hands down in front of her and screamed. provided she stops for a moment and thinks about what she is doing before she removes her hands. But this girl lived to be forty-two years old and died only three years ago. as seen in the preceding sub-section. "When a child is born. And when her son came you could just see where that wine splatter on his face." 2837. the baby is psychically. It is unlucky to remove a birthmark. And when my brother was born he was born with a water head. Stroke a birthmark thrice with some afterbirth while reciting Father. He got angry over something and threw the glass of wine in his wife's face. The removal of a birthmark is accomplished by rubbing it with a piece of bacon and burying the bacon. and when that becomes rotten. 2840. "I knew a man that half of his face was red. When my husband came home I sent him to the little store to get a can of tomatoes. X's mother was pregnant. 2842. Years ago I was a midwife. When her son was born. This belief. After he didn't come back I started to crying and rubbing my face. then bury it to take the birthmark off. "I was living out here in a little hut in a small town. for she told people she knew she would not mark her child if she done this. is becoming rare. 2844. A pregnant woman marks her baby within the last three months. and in some way the stick fell out and the window came down on her neck. Son and Holy Ghost. like they did in those days. 2841. who is the doctor now. She smashed its head and the blood was all running around. She had a beautiful child. And she gave him a coin every time. If a mark. and my father not seeing her threw a basin of wash water out the door and it went all over her head. the unfulfilled desire being transferred from mother to child. And when her twin girls came. 2851. If something frightens a pregnant woman. When it is tomato-time his face is all red like tomatoes. I ran for I was afraid." 2834. A child can be marked only during the first three months of pregnancy. It is easier to mark a seven-month child than one of nine months. it was customary to interrogate the mother to discover the article of food she wanted. for she had her head out the window. and bury the afterbirth deep so nothing can touch it. This was then fed to the child (see 3331) and the psychic birthmark disappeared. "About forty-five years ago a woman. One of the common causes of birthmarks. came home half-drunk and started to drinking wine again." 2835. I must of grabbed my wrist. "My cousin and I were walking down the road one morning when we almost stepped on one of those snapping turtles. 2853. My boy was marked for life just because my husband wanted to sit on an old box and talk and forgot my tomatoes.63 2831. When my boy came he had a natural turtle on his wrist. 2845. Then I cried the rest of the night to think that he would treat me that way. . Ordinarily this results in a disfiguration resembling the desired food. After the first three months of pregnancy a woman must never steal anything she craves. 2839. their children will be marked. Son and Holy Ghost. the mark will go away. And she didn't. The rotting of the afterbirth takes away the birthmark." 2846. saying God's Name three times. if you see a birthmark.

"One day I open the cupboard and a mouse jump out. One day after that in several months an old woman died in the neighborhood. so the woman said." 2861. An old colored woman told me if you have a birthmark to go to a cemetery. take with Thee what harmeth Thee not. 'Don't let your child keep that birthmark. But when it didn't come off. A woman loses a birthmark. Any birthmark in the shape of fruit is taken off by smearing it with fruit of the same appearance." 2869. A boy with a birthmark does this at the corpse of a girl. 2882. Let the mother lick the birthmark of her baby on the first three mornings after its birth and the birthmark will leave. and when my baby girl came she had a mouse on her face with the tail right down her nose. 2873. "I was down to St. "Years ago I had a niece that had a big cherry on the side of her face." 2864. But she must start doing this before the child is ten days old. And it was no time until the birthmark disappear. and rub this upwards three times over your birthmark while saying In the Name of the Father. and it went away. and she took that baby's hand and rubbed over my birthmark and I soon lost my birthmark. Louis [Missouri] about fifteen years ago and a woman had a new baby and its face was all red on one side. his strawberry on his face didn't show up.time it was so perfect you could see those little dark dots in the red. Son and Holy Ghost. in the room by herself." 2875. To get rid of a birthmark on her baby. this woman took the little girl and took the dead man's finger and rubbed over this cherry.mark went away. just like the beefsteak in the ground rottening away. One day she was standing out in the street by the garden wagon buying some vegetables. She did. She was visiting here. 2877. A girl in our neighborhood had a baby to die at birth that didn't have a father to claim it. swab it with a dish rag and lay the latter in a coffin that contains a corpse. "Mother said when I was little I had a birthmark. Her mother was just sick when she saw it. It was a birthmark." 2870. When her baby girl came it had a big piece of raw beefsteak on its back. When her baby girl came she had three big dark raspberries on her forehead. Use fruit gathered before sunrise. They were living out in the country a few miles from Quincy and this woman wanted beefsteak all the time. A duck foot wiped on a birthmark removes it. "My daughter had a strawberry on her face. and as long as necessary repeat this rite each year. "My mother knew a woman that was pregnant years ago.' When this old woman went in town she got a piece of beefsteak that had just been killed." 2862. One day before the mother got out of bed an old German woman came in to see the child. 2863. "My niece was in the family way.' She told her doctor what the old woman from Pennsylvania told her. It scared me and I put my hand over my face. The old German woman said. And the child's birthmark went away. He did it in the spring. a mother can spit on her wedding ring and rub it over the birthmark once daily for ten days. In the Name of the Father. and while still hot put the blood on the mark. Someone had told me about the blood when you first menstruate after a baby is born. He said. as no one can be in there when you are doing it.and told her to get a black chicken with a very red comb and to kill this chicken. and I tried it and it sure worked. This rite also takes off a fire-mark or temper-mark --. and he did. went around his strawberry the nine times. When her mother's sister died she took her girl to her sister. and her daughter told my niece to bring her baby over and she would let her take it. A birthmark goes away. One day an old German woman came in and said. rub the piece of cedar over your birthmark. A woman told this child's mother to take her little girl to the first dead man she could and take his finger and rub over the little girl's birthmark. And when strawberries came in. 'Oh." 2878. Then you take the hand of that stillborn child and rub over your baby's mark. If you have a birthmark and can find someone that has a new baby that died at childbirth and has no father — I mean that will not claim it --. And her mother took her to a corpse and let that child rub that birthmark three times over the dead. The mother asked the doctor what it was and he said. "A child had a big red cherry on its head. A birthmark licked by the mother's tongue for nine mornings soon fades away. 'I will let you know of the first one I have so you can try. and that was all she done. saying in the Three Highest Names. said it would spoil her child's face for life.64 2859. It looked so bad she wanted the doctor to take it off. In four months the raspberries were gone and never came back because they went with the dead. at strawberry. 2881. she started to crying and threw her hands on her back. Do this as you say O Lord. A girl should visit the corpse of a boy and move his hand over her birthmark as she says What I have. "I know a man that had a perfect strawberry on his face. As a method for losing a birthmark: go to the cemetery before sunrise. "My aunt's little girl out here at Burton years ago had a bad birthmark on her arm. To free yourself from a birthmark. take with you. and wash the mark with it. she was from Pennsylvania. 2876. will take it away. you could see them plain. When she saw he did not have it. 2879. One day she told him not to forget it.a red mark or streak across the face sometimes found at birth. let her rub her arm back and forth over her aunt's arm so she would take the mark to the grave with her.' One day an old German woman stopped at her house and they were talking.] 2871. Every time her husband would go to town he would forget it. If you have a birthmark." 2867. and it went away. We tried it and my daughter's strawberry left. if the hand of a dead male. a female. where she got scared from fire. It was a birthmark. and the birthmark will soon disappear. and did. 'Don't worry about that. The mother would not take her. took it out and put it on this girl's back and let it stay for three days. 2865. and in no time the birth. but he took this woman and she did just as the old woman told her. Its face will be all right in a day or so.go to that baby and rub its dead hand over your birthmark. "I knew a woman that had a little girl with a big bunch of cherries on. but harmeth me. steal a piece of cedar off a tree on a grave or one that is growing near a grave. The man had some nice raspberries but my niece didn't have the money to buy them. I will take it off for you the first time I go to town. 2866. was to get a bunch of cherries and rub over the birthmark. A male will lose a birthmark. Pass the hand of a dying man over your birthmark and the birthmark will depart with the life leaving his body. and she let her see the birthmark." [This is the belief that a birthmark must be rubbed on a corresponding part of the corpse. take a milkweed stem and go around the mark nine times saying the Three Highest Names each time. So my niece took the dead woman's hand and rubbed it three times over the raspberries saying the Three Highest Names. He lost it for good. Have your family doctor to tell you of the first stillborn child he has and to take you and your baby to it." 2868. for the girl's mark went away. 'I will take her. Someone told him about the milkweed stem. And the mark started to going away and in a year's time it was gone all together.' He didn't want to tell her it was a birthmark. took all the birthmark off of her face. 2872. find a human bone.' And the next man that died around there. if a person wipes it with a dish rag and lays the rag in a coffin so that it will be buried with the corpse. She said. 'You cannot take off a birthmark. and when that hand rots. if she rubs it each month with her monthly cloth. I'll just drop some medicine on. your birthmark will be gone." 2860.' It was several months before the doctor had a stillborn child. She said she stood there rubbing her hand over her forehead wishing for the berries but didn't get them. . then took the steak off and buried it. Son and Holy Ghost. 'I will tell you what to do to get the birthmark off' --. and let stay on thirty-six hours. she found out it was. 2874. He said." 2880. a big red spot. "I knew of a child years ago that was born near Payson with a very bad birthmark on her face. if the hand of a dead female is passed over it. but the blood must all come out of the comb.

See 2927-2930." The swinging around may. Sometimes a mother will have a broom-mark --. saying how fine they were. 2894. 2921. he could never get enough tomatoes to eat. Mrs. pour boiling water over them. If during pregnancy a woman looks at a lot of blood." 2923. the child will be born without any hair. Women with child are always lucky. He was just crazy about them. 2900. Every night just before going to bed a woman can soak her feet in hot water to guard against conception. If a woman sleeps on the left side of a man. 2917. 2920. one tablespoonful of store tea. 2913. A child covered completely by a caul at birth never has a birthmark. To have a snake enter the house makes a pregnant woman lose her child. "Seven years ago we were living out here near Liberty. 2909. Another thing about that boy. and he joking. 2915. 2885. And when tomatoes were ripe it would get real red. I have three children now and I would not crawl under a fence for anything. 2901. 2916. a pregnant woman can walk under the neck of a mare exactly at noon for five days without touching the mare's neck. A pregnant woman who sees an accident should not touch her temples. X. Storks bring infants. this can be removed by rubbing it with the caul. "They say if you want a mishap. she may wipe it with the child's first wet diaper. she will not be caught so easily as when sleeping on the right side. it will make a pregnant woman abort. ten cents worth of senna leaves. Let stand for nine days. Babies come from the cabbage patch. Her boy was born with a tomato on his forehead. a garden truck man came up the alley and he had some ripe tomatoes. 2892. I was with my father-in-law and when I got out of the wagon and crawled under the fence.a dark mark shaped like a broom. If a woman does not want any more children. 'What's the matter with you! Do you want to lose your baby?' Sure enough. puts it on the opposite hand. If a woman washes her hands in the same water a man uses. cut each in half. It was raised up. if she goes near a horse. "My mother said it was an old saying: if you put the afterbirth of a child in an old well. 2912.65 2883. The wife who makes her husband just before intercourse take off his pants. A hollow-tree stump is the place where a baby can be found. take three dry onions. because they don't want children. and turns the ring away from her several times. Never while in a family way look at a corpse. your child will be pale and without color. said to be caused by the strain of carrying the baby." 2903. 2896. Pregnancy can be averted by the woman who every night just before going to bed takes off her engagement ring. lay them on the floor and walk on them. 2919. 2910. 2898. She did this for seven years and the birthmark went away and never did come back. when my baby came it was choke to death. will do the work. Then someone told her to take the first tomatoes of the year and rub over the birthmark to remove it. 2911. Women can protect themselves against pregnancy by wearing a woolen string round the waist. 2893. sew it to her nightgown. " . Take ten cents worth of prickly ash. 2891. you will never have another child. Women marrying in the decrease of the moon never become mothers. To take this off." 2884. spoke to him about the tomatoes. X's boy was born. "I have a friend that every time she gets that way her husband picks her up by the feet and swings her around three times to make her lose it. her baby will be sickly. If nine rusty nails are soaked in whiskey and senna tea and this liquid is drunk. said. she should walk over the place where the afterbirth of her last child was buried. CONTRACEPTIVES -ABORTION -MISCARRIAGE (2887-2913) 2887. 2906. "Two or three months before Mrs. take a tablespoonful of bluing each morning for nine days. As a protection against having children. the three times is magic. "My friend did this: if you want to miscarry." A similar remedy is to put nine rusty nails and six tablespoonfuls of Epsom salts in a half-pint of vinegar and let stand for nine days. 2922. GESTATION (2914-2951) 2914. A tooth pulled during pregnancy is a cause of miscarriage. A bag of asafetida worn about a woman's neck will prevent conception. but the woman must continually think about the desired result all this time. rub around your navel with quinine and turpentine in morning and night for several days. The doctor delivers children in his medicine kit. 2904. A pregnant woman can cause an abortion. "I would not crawl under a bed if pregnant. 2907. To bring about a miscarriage. To effect a miscarriage. "I know a woman that was seven months gone and she took this and she sure lost it. She rubbed her hand over her forehead and cried because she couldn't have any. As a device against pregnancy. 2895. eat the dried lining of chicken gizzards.' Mrs X. 2905. The brown spot or spots occasionally seen on the mother's face after childbirth is taken off by washing it every morning with the baby's diaper. but if a child born partially covered by a caul has a birthmark. A woman who at the beginning of menstruation sleeps with her menstrual cloth under her pillow for three nights will not conceive. let the bride on the nuptial night cut the buckle of the bridegroom's pants. 2918." 2888." 2902. During pregnancy an abortion can be caused by rubbing gunpowder on the breasts every night. Let a pregnant woman drink rusty-nail water for nine days without drinking anything else and she will miscarry. A woman keeping her shoes upside down under the bed at night will never be in a family way. and make a tea of each one. and never remove it from that first nightgown. they are bad for you. sit on this jar with your feet in boiling water. He used to steal my tomatoes all the time out of the garden. 2890. 2897. 2889. 2908. Then put in a stone jar with a pint of whiskey and nine rusty nails. the child will die. 2899. Gunpowder taken in broken doses for three mornings induces menstruation and prevents conception. I was young and didn't know anything about not going under a barbed-wire fence. will not get caught. 'They are too rich for your blood. my father-in-law liked to died right there because I did this. then give a tablespoonful every two hours until they start to flow. she will soon find herself pregnant. then put in a slop jar. 2886. thought he was serious. [Some say this misfortune could have been averted had she crawled back under the fence] That learn me a lesson.

This happened when she was a young woman in the early years of the 1870 decade. Someone sneezing at a birth is a lucky sign for the baby. that is just twenty-two years old now." 2940. it will --. her gestation will be prolonged to the twelfth month. The other woman suffer for three days before her baby came. 2959. 2946. Do not stand in front of a mirror and observe your figure during pregnancy. the child she suffers the most with at delivery will think the most of her when he gets older and will always stick by her while the others will turn her down. it is unlucky. A pregnant woman by crawling over the husband can transfer her future labor pains to him. while sleeping. usually eleven months. 2934. others say the newest one possible. 2937. every time I went out I had to stoop to go under the clothesline. 2933. If the hair of a pregnant woman keeps knotting when combed and she becomes angry or curses. The woman who licks the pots and pans during pregnancy will have a fat baby. A woman should never stoop in carrying a child. it will be easy. If during pregnancy the child kicks too hard. The woman who has heartburn frequently during pregnancy will give birth to a child with a lot of hair. 2954. A woman whose husband has broad shoulders may expect a hard time at childbirth. "When I was pregnant. never let one go to see the other. Some say the infant will live and grow up into a healthy child. If a woman with child steps over a rope to which a horse is tied. "My sister-in-law never had a louse. It was way past time. A permanent wave during pregnancy will not take. if sick. "I knew a woman that was carrying a baby and she walked under her mare's head every few days to hitch her to the buggy and she carried her baby eleven months. 2928. being fearful she might kill her husband." 2956. 2936. would never have another child. 2935. when carrying her. To cut or to cut in half the labor pains. 2951. the more the baby's hair. it will be difficult. "I know three different people that fell downstairs when pregnant and their babies had a hairlip. 2949. Some say she will have a hard time at delivery. set under the bed an ax so that the blade points upward. To be weighed while pregnant is unlucky. "My granddaughter. 2947. The midwife said." 2926. Labor pains are always more severe at the birth of the second child. It is unlucky to curl your hair with a hot iron during pregnancy. over the other woman taking her pains. has no hand just because her mother stoop so much in working. And this woman that went to see the other woman took her pains right away from her went right home and had her baby." 2961. 2944. An unborn child can be made lucky by the expectant mother making someone's wedding clothes. [some say she could have avoided this trouble by walking backwards under the clothesline]. The effect of pregnancy upon the mother's teeth is variously described: the mother loses a tooth for each child.the sicker the mother. her baby will be cross all its life. the child will not have any hair at birth.66 2924." 2957. then they left. or for any purpose whatsoever --. and I had never had a baby. the same period a mare carries a colt. Morning sickness does not attack the wife who is loved by her husband and who is going to have a welcome baby. So the midwife said." 2925. If a woman is well during pregnancy. 'Do you remember if you ever went under a horse's head or not?' And the woman thought and said she believe she did. she. The author's mother used to tell about a case of what may be called psychic or pseudo couvade. for if you do. If during pregnancy a woman stretches her hands above the head — in hanging out clothes." 2930. a dull edge is preferred . 2958. If a woman in a family way crawls under a mare's belly. 2938. And the baby came before she got into the house. 2945.the umbilical cord will become twisted above the child's neck and strangle it to death.Caul . An expectant mother who has her picture taken may expect bad luck. around ten months. and the expectant mother having all her teeth pulled will kill her child. so she went to a German midwife and she didn't know what was wrong. and when my baby came. Bad luck may be expected by the woman who gains weight during pregnancy. If two women are in a family way and are expecting about the same time. "I started to getting sick labor pains at one o'clock at night with my boy and he always starts to getting sick whenever he becomes sick at one o'clock at night. DELIVERY (2952-3050) Labor Pains . if of an easy delivery. but also suffered such acute pains during his wife's delivery that he almost died. the one that goes will take the other's labor pains away from her. Just before delivery tie a string as tightly as possible beneath either knee of the expectant mother and her husband will get the labor pains. let the father put his hand on the place where the motion occurs and it will stop. the other way than you walked before. "If a woman has children." 2962. 2960. she will carry her child overtime. "I was in a room one time and the woman was having such a hard time. Some say this causes a miscarriage. She didn't know what was wrong. Various and contradictory things are said about this implement: some say the ax must be old.Naval Cord (2952-3037) LABOR PAINS 2952. 2939. "I know a woman that was having labor pains bad when another woman that was expecting went to see her. And just as soon as she got under that horse's head she started with pains. 2948. The husband not only had morning sickness and other ailments peculiar to a pregnant woman. 2931. that the cord got around the baby's arm several times and kept the hand from growing. Some say this is true only of a first pregnancy. 2950." 2942. 2953. See 2896.Afterbirth . Some say the woman herself must do the tying. "I know my baby will be healthy because it hiccough all the time before it was born." 2932. You can secure a fat baby by giving the baby to a fat person before it is born. 'Go home and walk back under that horse's head. the baby will have the same temper as its mother showed while combing her hair. the woman who has a tooth filled during pregnancy will lose the filling immediately following the birth of her child. A pregnant woman should never eat fruit from the second crop borne by the tree the same season. and they told me to leave so to make it more easy for the woman and the baby would come. we thought he would choke to death." Some say the mare must be in foal. So my granddaughter was born without a hand that lives on a farm up the road. At the beginning of pregnancy throw out into the yard the hair from your comb to give your baby blue eyes. 2941. 2927.' And the woman did. the-navel cord was all around its neck and we didn't think we could save him. Some say long hair. "A woman one time was carrying a baby. 2929. but every time she got in a family way she would be lousy until the baby was born. 2955. Although the wife's gestation and parturition were quite normal. If during pregnancy a woman dreams of a difficult delivery. 2943. usually the afterpains.

lost or stolen. who has preserved the caul with which he was born. he will not live to be twenty-one. Boil nine eggs and nine onions and let a woman in confinement drink this water for an easy delivery. a sharp edge by others. If a dog scratches up the buried afterbirth. If the afterbirth is buried. If the afterbirth is buried. 2984. the baby will die before the end of the year. drop three wood embers into a cup of water and let her drink the water. She came back with a peach stick. "I know a woman that was having such bad afterpains after her baby was born and they give her the soot to eat off of the stovelid and it stop her pain. if it is burned. and take just before childbirth. 2999. When the child is slow in coming and the labor pains are severe." CAUL 3000. so I told them to put the butcher knife under the bed --. This also prevents pains with the afterbirth. sometimes the ax is laid at the foot of the bed. "I have heard my mother say years ago when a woman was sick with a child they would put those large white lime rocks under the bed to help with the pains. 2964. You can rid a woman in childbirth of excessive pain by bathing her feet in hot ginger-water and rubbing downwards from her knees so that the pain will go out through the feet. They say if your afterbirth is burned. "This is very old. that it is put in the coffin. she lost her baby at five months just carrying a big dish pan across the floor full of water. 2966. She started to flowing. you will die by burning. if the woman drinks tea made from bark scraped downwards off a young peach tree. and according to some you must not tell the woman about the ax." 2976. 2990. This is so. 2969. 2986.anything with a sharp point would cut the pain --. Afterpains can be stopped by putting a razor under the woman's bed or under the sheet. Rats getting hold of the buried afterbirth make the mother weak until her next child is born. 2980. If there is a caul at birth. put a small bunch of goat hair in the womb. the baby will be healthy and intelligent. makes him a bed-wetter say some. so you see this is old. 2971. 2975. 2970. usually called a veil and sometimes a bundle. if it is burned. 2987. To be born with a caul is fortunate. makes the child unlucky. Do not take up the ashes of afterbirth burned in a stove until the ninth day. 'What is wrong. If the buried afterbirth is scratched up by a cat or a dog. 2985. 2991. weak. 2996. To free a woman from afterpains. the baby started to turn and came. provided it is always kept in a Bible. 3001. Salt the afterbirth before burning it in the stove and leave the ashes there for nine days. otherwise you will lose both mother and baby.and it sure did help. she will not live to be eighteen. If you want to drink the tea. As a method for procuring an easy delivery. let her husband lay his right hand on her stomach to ease them. Babies born with a caul always become important or great. for I was right there in the house. 2983. "I was so sick and they could not find the ax or razor. A hemorrhage during delivery can be checked with a poultice of fresh cow manure. 2967. AFTERBIRTH 2982. A teaspoonful will stop all pains. the rest of the family will have bad luck. They got some and put them on her stomach. and went out in the yard. 2~39. "I know of two people that burnt up in death.67 by some. You can give the mother luck by burning the afterbirth. and the third day she was able to sit up. 3003." Sometimes a tea is made of the soot. 2973. 2994. A neighbor woman came in and said. if a girl's. "About fifteen years ago a real poor woman was having a baby in the South End [of Quincy] and the doctor could not get the child to turn. 2965. 2963. Babies come easier on a rainy day than on a clear day. for as long as the caul remains out of the coffin." 2968. 2977. 'Wait a minute'. A baby that refuses to come can be brought at once and the labor pains will stop. this will make the mother's back strong. Sometimes the razor is put sharp edge upward at the foot of the bed. will always be lucky. and when the peach switch started to turn. Afterpains are prevented by burying the afterbirth. Never bury the afterbirth where a person or an animal can walk over it. open a Bible at some passage describing birth throes and put the opened book across the woman's stomach. make it out of the raw bugs and drink just before childbirth and you will not have any pains. Some say this does not cause death. the mother will die. Put the afterbirth in the ground under the eaves of the house where water can drip on it." 2974. Some say the woman will regain her strength as the afterbirth rots in the ground. so that the mother and baby will thrive. and their mothers' afterbirth was burnt instead of being buried. 3005. hang a man's hat on the bedpost of the birth bed. If you do not have an ax. . 2992. She was getting very weak when an old colored woman came along and told her about the mullein leaves green or dry. a hatchet may be substituted. the mother will have serious trouble. 2998. according to others it does not matter. at other times anywhere. 3002. fresh every day for three days. A cross-cut saw laid in the bed stops afterpains. dry them." 2979. that it would stop the flow. 2997. the woman will get out of bed strong. The mother will die unless someone buries the afterbirth. "The woman who told me this is expecting a baby next month and thinks she will try it: to bring a baby quicker. 2981. make a powder of them. An ax beneath the bed also stops a hemorrhage caused by a miscarriage. 2988. doctor?' He told her he could not get the child to turn. 3004. held it over the woman [arched] by the two ends. the danger can be averted by laying a large rock over the afterbirth. But some say this good luck will last only as long as the caul is preserved. unhealthy and unintelligent. 2978. A baby whose afterbirth is buried does not live long." 2972. She said. "My friend. Always be sure at the death of a person." Some say the knife must be stuck into the floor beneath the bed. A rat biting or eating the buried afterbirth causes womb trouble for the mother. A bucket of water set under the bed helps a woman with her afterpains. A child born with a caul. 2993. If a woman is having a hard time with birth pains. If a boy's afterbirth drops on the floor. They could not stop her. I am eighty-two. but brings bad luck to the mother. keep it sewed up in the child's clothes for luck. 2995. Afterbirth dropped on the floor gives the child weak kidneys. Always bury the afterbirth immediately so that everything else will pass clean from the woman. therefore a caul thrown away. In this belief and the three preceding. Caul-born babies are always intelligent. Take the sow bugs.

If you keep it. "I was born with a veil and my mother kept it." 3030. I am over eighty. 3025. 3009. "The doctor don't know this. Application of soot will heal a baby's ruptured navel. "My mother years ago lived by an old Indian woman and when her first baby was born she told her to do this and she would have a good baby. you will continue healthy. My grandma said. "When you take the navel cord off a baby. but applications of goose droppings mixed with lard will cure the ailment. and a quarter.Stillborn (3038 . for if you lay it down or change it from one hand to another. if the veil is cloudy." 3032. 3034. by suffocation. Premature Birth . That day she got word her daughter was very sick." 3031. Girls born with a caul never have any children. they are well.68 3006. The person born with a caul is gifted with second sight and the power of seeing ghosts. It will be stronger and keep the child from getting a rupture. 3022. the baby will wet all the time. The child born with a caul is always high-tempered." NAVEL CORD 3024. the baby will be a bed-wetter. but I am an old nurse and I always do this. In whatever manner a caul is destroyed. by drowning. A seven-month baby wrapped in a bundle at birth can hear warnings and see into the future. She had just lost one when an old gypsy fortune-teller was going through the country telling fortunes and stop at her house. and. 'Didn't you know that you will lose your baby. "I remember this." 3016. 3008. She told her she had lost all her children and if she would give her a dollar. It was out about where Liberty is now on Mill Creek. it will sleep until what would have been the end of the normal nine months of gestation. 3027." 3021. 3017. As soon as the navel-cord stump heals but before it can fall off. remove the stump. Some say this also makes the child lucky. 3020. 3039. When you wash and dress a baby for the first time. STILLBORN 3040. if well or sick — if the veil is clear. 3011. Those who were born with a caul and two webs instead of one web as described in the preceding belief can always talk to ghosts. When you dress a baby's navel cord for the first time. Use care in removing a caul from a baby. and that is why I can see things and take a spell off if anyone bewitched you. 3010. 3007. in a school. they will pee up all the time and over theirself. "Whenever you take the navel cord off a baby. and the baby will not wet the bed after it is a year old. "I was born with two veils and everything I dream comes true. 3018. if it is moist. 3015. Never cut a navel cord too short. 3012. if you will drop it down through its legs. 3014. and on my ninth birthday and on the hour I was born on. that the Indian women did this to have good babies. 3028. while saying the Three Highest Names. And when she was well again. and every time until it drops off. Sometimes a large raisin is flattened on the coin and laid to the rupture. The future occupation of your baby can be determined by putting its navel cord in a bag and dropping it in a place connected with the desired occupation: if you want to make the child a preacher. in a doctor's office. 3036. and if a doctor. At the end of the first year let the baby born with a caul look through it and the child will become a fortune-teller. my mother buried the veil under my window. if a teacher. a nickel. they will pee down." 3037. Also take the same precaution when the navel-cord stump heals and comes off. To cure a baby's ruptured navel. but you can control any display of temper by saving the caul and rubbing it over the child's head. Your future health can be discovered by looking at your preserved caul: if it is dry. Anyone who carries a caul will not drown. she would tell her . A lead shot beaten flat may be used instead of a coin. And the baby was not sick with its navel. the person will die by burning. 3026. I was only a girl but I went to school with the children. you can always tell when [the child is] far away from you. the baby will never have trouble with its kidneys or get a sore navel. for anything you dream will always come true when you are born with two veils. Seven-month babies or babies born before the seventh month will never live. Put it right in the fire. drop this package into the stove so that it will burn up immediately. to tear it will bring misfortune to the child. 3035. the person not born with a caul will never see ghosts." 3029. if buried. bind over it one of the following coins: a penny. The first time a baby is dressed the navel-cord stump should be turned up and bound in place. A caul carried in your pocket when going to war protects you against bullets. 3033.you have a greater power of second sight than the person born with only a caul. A powdered mud-dauber nest is applied to a baby's ruptured navel as a remedy. always point the end of the cord toward the baby's heart. that will be the manner of the person's death: if it is burned. take the navel cord and point it so it will point to the left breast [the heart? as in 3031] and you will have a good baby — it will never cry. my mother carried the baby right to the stove before she took the navel off. and if washed away. A woman friend of my mother lost five children at birth. "I had twins about two years ago and didn't know this and burnt both navel cords. If your caul at birth was covered by a web — "a coarse piece of netting" --. that is. I am afraid I will lose it. A premature baby always sleeps out its time. One day she looked at it and the veil was very dark and cloudy. 3013. don't let it change hands or don't lay it down.3040) PREMATURE BIRTH 3038. drop the navel cord in a church. "I have a friend that has her girl's veil. To avoid this you should burn up the navel cord as soon as it is removed. the veil was clear. so she could drop it right in the stove. the child will never wet the bed or have bladder trouble. a dime. When my baby was born. put it in a greased rag. it will make the baby's navel sore. if you burn the navel cord?' And I lost one of the twins and the other is not very well. they are sick. you will become ill. and she got word her daughter was getting better. You can discover the future by going into a dark room and looking through the caul with which you were born. if you pull it up to throw away. They say a navel becomes sore or is ruptured by the baby crying too much. 3019. Persons born with a veil are endowed with the power of healing. 3023. If you lay the cut navel cord down or accidentally drop it on the floor. In a few days she looked again and it was not so dark. Children with a caul at birth do not live long.

Anyone born in the sign of the fish (fishes=Pisces) "will be crazy about water" — very fond of aquatic sports. A cat left in the house during a childbirth is unlucky for the baby. for I went to school with the children. " 3066. call it Adam.69 what to do to keep from losing any more. she will never love it. . 3075. 3079. To be born after your father's death gives you the power of healing. A seventh child of a seventh child always becomes brilliant and famous. DIRECTIONS FOR CONFINEMENT (3051-3067) 3051. 3055. 3065. 3077. she will never recover. short. "Monday's child is fair of face. I heard her say one time she walked all around the house in deep snow. if in the dark of the moon. A woman combing her hair before the seventh day of confinement will not survive the tenth day. 3084. 3067. 3056. 'And if the first one is a girl. if a boy. A person's life is influenced by the planet or star under which he was born. 3071." 3082. 3044. The featherbed of a confined woman should not be turned over before she gets up to walk. Thursday's child has far to go. Saturday's child must work for its living. 3043. it will become tall. if at the left breast. going in the same door she went out. "My grandmother was a midwife and she never let one of her patients lay with their heads to the east while giving birth to a baby. Do not permit a mother to see her baby on the first day of its birth. Wednesday's child is a child of woe. To be born during a snowstorm is a sign of a short life. 3042. 3057. And the old gypsy told her. "My daughter was born at nine o'clock and she died at nine o'clock. After the third. 3062. if a woman will walk all around the house. This belief has been extended to include the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter. SEVENTH SON 3046. which I know you will. The child will be born at the same time during the day as its begetting was effected. 3070. Children born in the light of the moon are more intelligent than those born in the dark of the moon. and all her children lived after that. 3045. the baby will be cross and nervous. So the woman gave her the money. And they will all live. They say the hour you are born at. the mother should remain in bed until six o'clock on the ninth day. 3047. Born in a thunderstorm. And if you have the third child. Persons born on a stormy day are always quarrelsome. to have some holy water by the bed and to baptize it as soon as born In the Name of the Father. Women whose clothes are changed before the ninth day of confinement will not live. call it Noah. You can never bewitch a person born between two lights --. Never sweep under the bed of a confined woman. Those who were born on a hot day are always passionate. 3050. unsuccessful. 3085. 3059. To comb the hair of a confined woman before the end of the third day will give her a fever. The power to heal by rubbing or the laying on of hands is possessed by some persons posthumously born." Posthumous Child . The power of healing is possessed by the seventh son of the seventh son. 3083.between dawn and dark. 3072. 3063. she will suffer from a relapse. The sign of the zodiac under which you were born will always be a lucky time for you to begin a business venture.' This is so. born to be killed by lightning. Wait until the ninth day before turning over the feather bed or mattress on which a birth took place. 3081. Mother and newborn baby should lie with heads to the north and feet to the south so that their blood will flow smoothly. she will never have to go back to bed — I mean she will not have a setback. 3049. you will be successful in everything. Future events can be foretold by the seventh son of the seventh son. you can name it what you want. 3061. A posthumous child is always lucky. Son and Holy Ghost. It is lucky to be the seventh son of the seventh son. if at an uneven hour. 3064. call it Eve. It is fortunate to be born just before a new moon. 3078. it will be right-handed. It is unlucky for a woman to have her hair combed during confinement. 3074. If a child is born in the light of the moon. A woman in confinement will have a backset.Seventh Son (3041-3050) POSTHUMOUS CHILD 3041. To be strong after childbirth. left-handed. if her bed is turned around. Posthumous children are always clever. If birth occurs on a stormy night. if the mother lay with her head to the east." 3058. Tuesday's child is full of grace. just before her next one came. Almost every disease and sometimes deformity can be cured by a posthumous child breathing against the patient's face. If a mother nurses a baby for the first time at her right breast. said it was sign one or the other would die. 3076. TIME OF BIRTH (3068-3107) 3068. 3060. If you were born at an even hour. 3048. The birth of a seventh son brings good luck to the family. 3052. Babies born during the light of the moon start well in growth and health. Friday's child is loving and giving. otherwise the child will die. On the morning when she gets up from confinement. 3069. 3073. 3080. This and the following beliefs always mean the last of seven consecutive sons. "My mother did this and she had eight children and never had a setback. Such a person also possesses the power of seeing into the future. If ashes are removed from the fireplace during the first nine days of a woman's lying-in. The person who sweeps under the bed of a mother and newborn child will make the latter cross. 3054. 3053. you will die at. The day of the week on which you were born will always be lucky for anything you attempt to do. either she or her baby will die. He is specially gifted in stopping the flow of blood. for she did just what the gypsy told her to do.

Saturday is an unlucky day on which to be born. He thinks it very bad luck. 3089. openhanded. "Wednesday's child is merry and glad. The woman who wipes her mouth with a dish rag will give her next child a hairlip." 3101. It is lucky for a white person to see a tiny colored baby. Thursday's bairn is full of woe. 3092. 3116. 3091. Wednesday's bairn has far to go. 3118. 3127. It is always very intelligent but never lives long. 3121. Friday's child is full of woe.they will always be unlucky. 3093. 3100. Hair of a fine texture means the baby will not live long. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF BABIES (3108-3137) 3108. A baby born on Christmas Day is gifted with the power to see spirits. If a baby is born with hands closed.unless the hair falls out." or "Monday's bairn is fair of face. a person born at that time will be hot-headed. Good Friday as the time of your birth makes you lucky in life. Whoever is born on Sunday during a rain will have a rainy life. a baby whose hair is long will be long-lived. born to be hanged. 3105. 3098. A child born on the thirteenth day of a month will not reach old age. A baby born with a lot of hair will always be prosperous. Thursday's child is sour and sad. If two members of a family are born in the same month --. "I was born with my feet first and that is why I can see things all the time. Saturday's bairn works hard for a living. My baby got all right. 3107. Wednesday's child is loving and giving. "My cousin was born on the thirteenth of the month and she is unlucky in everything. If a baby born with a lot of hair does not lose it at once.whether the same year or different years --. Thursday's child must work for a living. it will be short-lived --. its complexion will be fair. Babies who are purple at birth will always be healthy. I was scared to death. wise and gay. 3103. I thought I had marked it and it would be like that all its life. 3109. Take the milk out of the milkweed and rub over your baby until it disappears. 3126. 3123. the child will never have nice hair. 3087. But they told me to try the milk out of the milkweed and I did. All babies are born with blue eyes. Friday-born persons have bad tempers. but as soon as the air strikes them they begin to turn black. Tuesday's bairn is full of grace. 3117. Born on Sunday. that will be the day of the month on which you will die. 3115. 3094. it will be closehanded in life. People born on Sunday do not like to work. Is lucky and bonny. 3110. A person born on Sunday is capable in the management of animals. They say children born during the winter months are smarter than those born during the summer months. . 3120." 3086." or "Monday's child is fair of face. others say it will have little trouble in life. An old Negro man told me to use the milkweed. Spirits can be seen by the person who was born on Good Friday. 3124. a boy is born lying on his belly. Sunday children become rich before they die. Tuesday's child is full of grace." 3102." 3085a. But the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is blythe and bonny and good and gay. 3125. 3099. Saturday's child has far to go. 3122. "My brother was born on the thirteenth and he will not work on that day. 3090. A baby whose hair does not fall out almost immediately after birth will soon die. its complexion will be dark. A girl is born lying on her back. According to some. if white. if it can be kissed. if with hands open. Friday's bairn is loving and giving. according to others. 3106. luckier still. Blue baby is the name given to the child born blue.70 Sunday's child will never know want. Your birth occurring on Christmas Day gives you the power to understand the speech of animals. But a child born on the Sabbath day. Wartime babies are always restless and never satisfied. 3113. The first and last child of a family are always unlucky. 3112. 3096. 3095. On whatever day of the month you were born. 3104. 3088. More important people were born in February than in any other month. 3097. It is lucky to be born on Sunday. Some say a baby born with a lot of hair will have trouble in life." 3111. Colored babies are born white. If a child is red at birth. Because August is a hot month. Christmas Day is a lucky time for a birth. "My boy was a blue baby. A crease between the lobe of a baby's ear and cheek indicates the child will become a criminal. 3119. Children born with a lot of hair will live to be very old." 3114.

3153.71 3128. beautiful in the saddle. 3145.some say to the former. 3150. Some say this misfortune can be averted by laying the baby's stockings under the table. Children of late marriages are unhealthy and short-lived. 3130. it will not grow very fast. the baby will not long survive its birth. 3154. they will have good-looking children. The daughters of a left-handed father will be left-handed. 3161. and a boy's dress on over his feet so that he will always keep his pants buttoned. and he said my baby's bottom would burn. she will be lucky. 3149. 3157. if his father. 3134. if you dress the child. the child will not recover. "Ugly babies make pretty ladies. Always keep a newborn baby wrapped in a piece of cloth for the first six weeks. 3143. The first newborn baby you wash will bring you good luck.Cradle . This must be done as long as diapers are worn. 3174. 3173. if her mother. If a boy resembles his mother. 3164. 3131. ugly children." This belief is sometimes confined to a baby's first dressing. the child will soon die. A baby born with a tooth will never be well. sit on it for a few minutes.'" 3140. unlucky. fold up the diaper. CARE OF INFANT (3138-3352) Layette . others say to the latter. If a husband and wife are happily married. After you wash a baby. Babies whose dresses are shortened do not grow to be very tall." 3176. You will be lucky the first time you put a diaper on a baby. 3159." 3129. "I was visiting my father and I went and put the remains out of the diaper in the fire. unlucky. it will cause bad luck --. To make a newborn baby right-handed. Wait an hour before dressing a newborn baby and it will never be cross. you will make the baby cross. 3137. a neighbor came in and said. Prospective parents who buy something for a baby's feet preceding birth will soon lose the child. A baby whose dress is hung upside down on the clothesline will be cross. If a baby is sick during the first year and you buy it any new clothes. If before a newborn baby is dressed you lay it on a table. While she was standing there looking at it. If you put a baby's dress on over its head. put a girl's dress on over her head so that she will always keep her dress down. 3152. put the undershirt on wrong side out and the baby will not be cross. 3177. he will be lucky. 3144. "I was born with two teeth and I am along in years and I have been lucky in everything I do. A baby can be made beautiful by washing its face every day with the wet diaper. the baby will not outlive the first year. 3175. In dressing a baby for the first time. If the first diaper used is an old one. A layette acquired for an expected baby must not be tried on another baby. 3146. Before the first diaper is put on a newborn baby. 3163. the baby will became a thief.provided a job has been done in the diaper. Do not iron diapers. A woman making anything for her unborn child must not sew on Friday. 3166. the child will die within a week. The blue vein sometimes seen across the nose of a newborn baby is occasionally called lid of a coffin and concerning it one hears the following rhyme: "A blue vein across the nose. and you will give good luck to the child.cost about a dollar and fifty cents. Do not put a baby on a table. A baby laid on a table before it is a year old will have bad luck. and the sons of a left-handed mother will be left-handed. it will not reach maturity. If a girl resembles her father. I don't know if the woman burn the hood or not. 3155.Moving Baby about House (3138-3210) LAYETTE 3138. 3169. Never change a diaper that has been put upside down on a baby. for they say a child born with two teeth will always be lucky. You can make a baby right-handed by always laying it down on its right side for the first year. . 3147. Babies born with a tooth will die before the end of the year. but they had the stovelid off. Pull off a baby's clothes over its feet and the baby will become a jailbird. The same thing is said of two or more teeth at birth. the child will not live long. 3141. Some confine this belief to the first time the baby is dressed." 3135. To be the first one to put the first diaper on a newborn baby is lucky. you will have bad luck. 3165. It is unlucky for an expectant mother to show baby clothes before the child arrives. 3151. it is so pretty. 3148. "Several weeks ago I was at a house where a young woman was expecting a baby soon and someone had sent her a beautiful hood --. Never give a shower for your baby before it is born. and the last thing I heard the young woman say. 3172." 3136. Some say the mother who burns her child's first diaper makes it constipated. To put a baby's dress on over its head during the first year will hinder growth. the first time you dress it put its right arm in the sleeve first. 3167. 3139. The mother who puts a baby's dress on over its head before it can sit up alone will have a cross baby. 3170. To lay a baby on an ironing board is unlucky.' I left. 'Don't you know that is very bad luck to receive a hood before the child is born? The only thing you can do to take the jinx off is to burn the hood. 3156. The first dress worn by a baby must be new for luck. Let the first diaper used on a baby be a new one for luck. if they quarrel all the time. Never live to wear your wedding clothes. You can make a baby lucky by burning its first diaper. 3178. 3171. If you make or purchase a hood for your expected baby. "Ugly in the cradle. 3168. 3162. 3158. 3133. The first time you dress your baby put the clothes on feetfirst and take them off headfirst so that the rope will slip off easily --. 'Oh. 3142. 3160. "I always put my baby's clothes on over its feet instead of over its head until it was a year old. others say this prevents constipation --." 3132. The baby who wears a dead baby's clothes will soon die. to keep it from having bad luck. I don't want to burn it. Pretty babies make ugly ladies. A baby whose first diaper is burned will never be chafed.the child will not die by hanging.

3196. If the water with which a newborn baby has been washed is taken upstairs and thrown out the highest window. A baby will acquire the disposition of the person who first carries it out of the house. To hand a baby through a window is unlucky. 3184. The baby boy who wears earrings will never be a musician. she was crazy to get married. The old woman didn't want to get married again. Baby Taken on Visit . 3192. "I never go to see a new baby until the mother is out of bed. Dress the baby in its best clothes on the first three Sundays of its life so that it will always wear them well and appear stylish. 3208. and all the rest of the family are small. 3189. 3182. The rocking of an empty cradle will be followed by the baby's early death. for to go away hungry will make the child a glutton in life. 3217. 3209. if it is thrown out the lowest window or door. Bad luck will come to the child whose baby carriage is sold. 'I guess your mother let bran blow on you before you were a year old'. A child in its first year taken across a river on a boat will soon die. During the first year it is very unlucky to put someone's hat on a baby's head. They had a friend that had a new baby and they told her to bring the baby there first. 3201. 3206. left-handed. 3195. 3185. 3220.” 3210. It is lucky for you to give someone's baby the first pair of shoes it wears. MOVING BABY ABOUT HOUSE 3200. 3212. the baby will have bad luck. 3188. To give the mother a clear complexion. "They say that if you pass a baby through a window over to another window to a neighbor. 3198. When the girl saw it she put the baby on her bed. Some say a black hat. the baby will be right-handed. 3187. R's son was born the grandmother carried him up a ladder into the garret of the one-storied house to make sure that he would rise in the world. it means good luck for the baby. Rain falling on a baby's head before it is a year old will give the baby freckles. 3219.72 3179. A baby whose empty cradle is rocked will not sleep well. Never use a rocking-chair as a cradle before the baby is a year old." 3222. Preserve a baby's first pair of stockings or shoes for luck. "When I was a boy I had so many freckles. 3223. 3191. insisted on performing the same ceremony. A mother taking her baby out of the house for the first time should put it on a strange bed for luck. They had two beds in the same room like people did years ago." 3203. A male baby wearing a necklace will never be able to swim. 3204. 3199.beginning with the first one. 3197. that the first woman that looked at me weighed 300 pounds. If the first time stockings are worn the right is put on before the left." VISIT TO A BABY 3221. 3180. Do not take a baby from the room in which it was born until after the tenth day. 3207. Some way by mistake the baby got on the wrong bed. If a person rocks the baby's empty cradle. Some say before the year is out. the child will be high-minded. 3205.Visit to Baby (3211-3244) BABY TAKEN ON A VISIT 3211. Never take a baby to a funeral before it is a year old. it means bad luck and sometimes another death. 3213. the mother slept in one and the girl in the other. To find anything belonging to a baby is lucky. It is lucky to carry a baby upstairs before you carry it downstairs. the baby will not live long. So I will be her size." 3215. Always keep a horseshoe in the baby's cradle to bring it good luck. CRADLE 3194. Let a baby see a sunrise before it sees a sunset and it will have a long life. A boy must be laid on a man's bed and a girl on a woman's bed. 3202. for I knew both people and they did live right here in Quincy. My mother told me the reason I did. and people use to say to me. If someone not the father or mother gives a pair of stockings to a newborn baby. 3183. the person that sleeps in that bed will soon get married. not counting the family. that it's an old saying that you will be the same size when you grow up as the one that looked at you first after you are born. 3214. "When Mrs. which was in that case made easier by the existence of stairs. rub her face each morning for nine days with the baby's wet diaper --. A baby visited by a menstruating woman will have bad luck. low-minded. Never let anyone give your baby a pair of shoes. "I knew a woman that had a daughter. A baby whose shoes are thrown away will die before the end of the year. By running up and down the stairs with a baby you will make it spry. If you let rain fall on a baby's head before it is a year old. got on the one the old lady slept in. he will die by hanging. its hair will stop growing. K. It was not long after that the old woman picked up with an old man and did marry. I remember that the nurse who attended the mother of our prominent citizen Mr. 3186. A baby's socks kept in its shoes overnight will make the baby cross next day. If a newborn baby wets on someone's bed the first time it is taken out of its own house. 3218. To make a baby long-lived. To rock an empty cradle will make the baby cross. the person who serves as midwife should carry upstairs and then downstairs a thimbleful of the water used in washing the baby. the child will die before the end of the year. 3216. The daughter was sure angry about it. A baby handed through a window before it is a year old will become a thief. the child will soon die. it is bad luck for the baby. And the girl never married. This is so. 3181. Some say you must never sit in a rocking-chair while holding a baby or lay it down in a rocking-chair even for a moment. " . for I think it very unlucky. The first time a mother takes her baby to another house she should eat as much as possible while there. "I weigh 250 pounds now. 3193. 3190. Beads should never be worn by a male baby. but it didn't do any good for the baby had already wet on her mother's bed. take the baby to that person's house the first time it is taken out and lay it on the bed. A baby before it is three days old should be taken up the stairs for a long life. if the left before the right. If you want your baby to be like someone whose character and ability you like.

Save the first clippings from a baby's hair for luck. the baby will have curly hair. It is unlucky to trim a baby's nails the first year. If a baby's hair is clipped before it is a year old. be sure to turn around three times just before leaving the house so that the child will accumulate wealth. 3248. M. 3236. MEASURING BABY 3270. it will not live to see the second year. 3229. 3243. 3241. If you stretch out the arms of a two-year-old child against a wall and measure them finger tips to finger tips. 3254. Do not cut a baby's hair before its first birthday. The first time you visit a newborn baby the bottoms of its feet may be kissed for luck. A wish may be made while pinching a newborn baby visited for the first time. and the baby will be lucky and you will get your wish. Each night on the seven nights following birth. 3252. 3226. 3263. Either a visitor on first seeing a new baby or someone present at the birth may put a silver spoon in the baby's hand to make it rich. 3237. twice this length will be the child's height when grown. 3228. After you have seen a new baby for the first time. 3258. 3257. If a coin is laid in a baby's hand at birth or later by someone visiting the baby for the first time. . should be a bar of soap and a wash rag. 3231. Several things are said about wishing and kissing a newborn baby when you see it for the first time: make a wish and then kiss. "Mrs. Baby’s Nails Trimmed . If a baby's finger-nails are trimmed with scissors. Whoever clips a baby's finger-nails before it is a year old causes the baby to lose its mind. wish while kissing. if you do this. 3238. A baby whose hair is clipped the first year will soon die. 3239. 3242. 3244. Upon this she placed the newborn child before it touched a fabric of any kind. the baby will become a liar. Formerly. the baby may be wrapped in fur before it is dressed for the first time. the baby will be sickly the first year. On Friday during the increase of the moon is a lucky time for cutting a baby's hair. 3232. wait until the crying stops before going into the room or you will give bad luck to the child. a woman could secure curly hair for her unborn child by eating old-fashioned stick candy which was striped with a spiral like a barber's pole. the baby will go crazy. cut its hair the day it is eighteen months old. 3268. A baby's first present. The person who cuts a baby's hair the first year will give the baby a weak back.Measuring Baby (3262-3271) BABY'S NAILS TRIMMED 3262. The first time you wash a newborn baby you may cut off some of its hair and drop it into the fire while making a wish for the baby. 3261. To Give Baby Curly Hair . This will keep the baby clean through life. this symbolical resemblance between curly hair and a stripe curling up a stick of candy has been forgotten and any kind of candy may be eaten. A baby whose nails are cut before its first birthday will become a witch. Usually you must not speak a word from the time you enter the house until the rite is completed. HAIRCUT FOR BABY 3250. Some say you must bite off your baby's finger-nails to prevent thievish tendencies. The first person kissing a newborn baby will obtain good luck. Use scissors in cutting a baby's nails the first year (the first six months say some) and the child will not live long. at present. and first year. it will never be without money. 3246. rub a silk handkerchief over the baby's head and its hair will become curly. 3266. 3235. The prohibited time for this act is variously given: first month. "My mother always did this. whether given to it at birth or later by someone on a first visit. To make a baby's hair curly. When you visit a baby for the first time. 3240. Never measure a baby the first year. " Any silver coin can be used. the baby will become light-fingered. The first present a baby receives should come from its mother for luck. 3255. Never clip a child's hair after dark. By trimming a baby's hair the first year you make the baby unhealthy. or wish after the baby has been kissed. Tie a pink string round the little finger of a baby on your first visit to see it and the child will be lucky. 3265. 3227. She never went to see a new baby unless she put a dollar in its hand and squeeze her hand over the baby's hand with the dollar to give them both luck. hold the baby's hand while wishing. To wear gloves when entering the room of a newborn baby is unlucky. If you visit a newborn baby and hear it crying. Occasionally the toe-nails are also included. Whoever goes to see a newborn baby and finds it a red-head will soon receive good news.Haircut for Baby (3245-3261) TO GIVE BABY CURLY HAIR 3245. 3253. Some say it will not live to the end of the second year. 3259. Unless a baby's finger-nails and toe-nails are bitten off. Always when calling on a woman in confinement sit down before you look at the baby or the child will be unlucky. 3260. 3256. But this must be done without speaking. 3233." 3249. bow to the door as you enter the house. the child will always have food. 3251. It is unlucky to trim a baby's hair on Monday. Years ago it was almost a general custom among Germans in Quincy to bake a coffee-cake and eat it with the family who had a new baby so that the child would become wealthy. If a prospective mother cuts off several of her curls and buries them in the ground. To improve the health of a sickly baby. 3225. first six months. Never visit a baby for the first time unless you take it something to eat. told Walter that when her child was about to be born her mother prepared for its advent by placing conveniently near an old rug. 3247. On your first visit to a newborn baby kiss it for luck. others say the biting off a baby's finger-nails makes it a thief. The latter belief is unusual. it will cause the child a disappointment. 3267. 3264. 3269. 3234. Scissors or any steel instrument used on a baby's nails the first year brings the baby bad luck before the year ends. 3271. It is unlucky to kiss a baby on the mouth. This was to insure its having curly hair.73 3224. Hold a fresh egg in front of a baby visited by you for the first time and the child will be lucky. 3230. A baby's hair trimmed during the first year will soon fallout.

3294. it is talking to angels. DISPOSITION OF BABY 3285. If a baby under a year sees itself in a mirror. To have a baby at birth grip your fingers indicates it will be "smart". This belief is usually confined to the first year. when an old German woman told me about crossing two forks and putting at the foot of the bed. 3278. it will not live to the end of the year. 3299. Dip the hands and feet of a newborn baby into cold water and they will never become cold. 3277. Let a male baby suck a piece of fat bacon so that he will be a good. If a baby swallows a coin. 3297. but if I had another baby to cry I would put the crossed forks at the foot of the bed again. 3280. 3292. To have a baby healthy (handsome say some). it will steal sugar when older. I did it. wash it with its own urine. 3275. PICTURE OF BABY 3276. A baby ticklish on the soles of its feet will become a roamer. 3305. A baby's arms and feet are made strong by washing them in dishwater. 3288. Baby girls who are cross in infancy become happy old maids. 3311. the baby will not grow. You protect a baby against sickness during the first two years of life by tying about its neck the front feet of a mole. 3308." 3286. A chair whirled around on one leg in a room where there is a baby will make it cross. This misfortune can be avoided by stepping back over the baby. 3302. 3291. 3300. Feed a baby garlic for health and strength. it will stop it from growing. During the first year pass a baby through a horse collar to make or to keep it healthy. The mother who hangs a baby's picture over the top of its bed will soon have a sick baby. A baby whose chin quivers will have a bad temper. Unless the doctor's bill is paid promptly. 3310. 3321. Some say the seventh year. To see a baby smiling in its sleep is lucky. using a string sufficiently long to allow them to rest on the stomach. "I believe this is so: would not let anyone give my child strong drinks before it is a year old. By letting a baby not yet a year of age look into a mirror you make it a thief. .Picture of Baby (3272-3278) BABY TICKLED 3272. Never step over a baby lying or sitting on the floor (or swing your leg over the head of a small child standing up). "My baby had the three-months colic and cried all the time. 3303.for that year say some. To tickle a baby causes it bad luck. 3317.74 Baby tickled . 3273. If you look at a sleeping baby and it likes you." 3318. 3316. 3284. To let a baby look over your shoulder into a mirror before its first birthday brings it some misfortune. Babies looking into a mirror before they are a year old will become vain or high-toned. If a baby laughs before it is four months old. This is usually said of the first year. 3307.Disposition of Baby (3279-3305) BABY AND MIRROR 3279. 3281. It is unlucky for a baby to see itself in a mirror.Slobbering Baby (3306-3332) BABY'S HEALTH 3306. Let a baby eat pickles and it will be ticklish on reaching maturity. A baby crying continually during infancy will have a good disposition when it becomes an adult. A baby who looks into a mirror will see the devil's butt. 3322. The habit of keeping its fists doubled is a sign the baby will be stingy. Precocious children never live long. 3289. My baby stopped crying. the baby will be unlucky. 3309. Some say selfish. 3282. 3274. A picture taken of a baby before it is three months old will cause the baby's death. 3287. You can check stubbornness in a baby by hitting it across the mouth with a fish bladder. the child will wake up. The good die young. Before a baby's first birthday rub a live gosling over its skin to produce a smooth texture. it will be rich some day. Do not take a baby's picture before its first birthday. 3293. it will never cry again at night. After a child has cried three nights in succession. A mother worrying too much about her baby's health will make it sickly. A child smiling in its sleep will wake up fretful. others say if a baby over a year old smiles while asleep. 3312. you will stunt its growth --. The person who steps over a baby or small child lying on the floor will cause its death before the end of the year. angels are talking to it. A baby given liquor always becomes a drunkard. A baby who holds tightly to everything it touches will accumulate wealth. 3315. 3298. Baby and Mirror . 3320. I don't know if the forks did it or not. Children who snore in their sleep will some day be rich. A newborn baby with whom a dog is kept will never be sickly. Baby’s Health . 3304. 3313. 3319. you can prevent the former from being jealous of the latter by letting the older baby see the new baby's back before its face. 3301. Some say if a baby smiles while asleep. 3314. A meat rind sucked by a baby makes it healthy. 3290. 3283. If you have a baby and get another one. 3295. The child of whom you think too much will soon die. If a baby laughs when tickled on the knee. 3296.natured man. Tie a yarn string about the neck of a fretful baby and it will not fret so much. it will not survive the first year.

3348. A baby walking before talking will be ruined by its tongue. Do this also with the second and third. She should carry to the well the smallest vessel possible on her first trip after childbirth. He was almost five when they told me if a child is weak in the legs and cannot walk good. 3342. 3338. 3336. and the minnow went down the stream. I always carried just a few drops of water on a spoon to keep my baby from slobbering. or "grow down into the ground". Babies who do not fall out of bed the first year will stop growing. if at the top of the mouth." 3346. As a remedy for a baby who does not speak plainly. expect another baby. Three bibs given to a baby prevents its slobbering. 3345. hold the first minnow by the tail while drawing it through the baby's mouth. 3331. when they grow above that hair they will be strong in the legs. 3357. The mother who on first getting out of bed after confinement carries a thimble of water will not have a baby that drools. 3335. A baby slow in walking can be made to walk by washing its feet with greasy dishwater. 3341. It is a bad omen for a child to walk or talk too soon. If a baby walks sooner than usual. then throw the minnow in running water and the fish will swim away with the baby's slobbers. They say a baby that walks before it crawls will crawl before it dies. To have a child teethe early indicates another baby in the family. Sometimes the earliest and latest time limits are mentioned: if (two) teeth appear before the end of the third month. "My Willie sure had weak legs. 3340. If a baby crawls towards a door. "My uncle never crawled when he was a baby — he started right off walking — and before he died he could not walk. As a general rule it is said that children cutting teeth in their first year do not live long. Have the first tooth made into something the baby can wear." This necklace is sometimes prepared by letting the all. I did. If a baby cuts its lower teeth first. And it was not long until he got so he could walk good. so much will her baby slobber. 3327. This is also good for a baby slow in learning to talk. if it speaks sooner than usual. Let a mother drink a thimbleful of water the third day after delivery to prevent drooling in her baby. A baby holding its tongue out all the time wants something. cut sone hair off the top of its head and nail it on the wall somewhere about the height of the child. As long as a baby's first teeth are preserved it will not become sick. 3356. Teething Remedies (3361-3419) 3361. See 2850. DENTITION (3353-3419) First Appearance and Number of Teeth (3353-3360) 3353. do not expect another baby — or. Babies who walk before they crawl are never healthy. its speech. it will reach maturity or have a long life --. "If a baby slobbers. so I took a large minnow and drawed it through the baby's mouth three times and threw it in the creek. 3349. A baby who begins to cut teeth in its third month will be sickly all the time. 3359. 3358." 3329. used as a set in a ring for example. This is true because I tried it years ago. and the child will be lucky. Baby Falling out of Bed (3333-3336) BABY FALLING OUT OF BED 3333. One day we went fishing and I thought I would try it. A baby who slides along on the floor instead of crawling will not be strong.spice steep in hot water for a half-hour and stringing them on a silk thread."grow up" just as the lower teeth grow up. "I knew a boy that when he was little he hollered like a goose all the time. its walking will be delayed. if the upper teeth are cut first. the child will not live long. if a baby boy utters his mother's name first. or it will be the first one to die in the family — "grow down" just as the upper teeth grow down. he will be lucky. 3330. To cure slobbering in a baby. and then let the fish flop back into the creek. 3343.75 SLOBBERING BABY 3323. To crawl backwards in infancy is a sign of going forwards in life. but my baby never slobber after the fish was out of sight. 3326. Some say a baby walking before it is six months old will be unlucky in life. It is unlucky to count a baby's teeth. or "grow on top of the ground". 3328. A baby never has any sense until it has fallen out of bed three times. A baby will never drool. take two loaves of bread stuck together when baked and break them apart on the baby's head. he had to crawl everywhere he went. A few words spoken by a baby long before the time for speech foretells a calamity in the family. Thumb-sucking babies always become rich. if there is one. . take a live minnow and draw it back and forth three times through its mouth. Children with four teeth when six months old live a long life. catch three minnows. 3354. "I had nine children and every one of them wore a string of allspice around their necks when they were cutting teeth and I did not have any trouble. she will be lucky. A baby must tumble out of bed at least three times before it will grow. 3332. 3339. take it to a creek. and they killed a goose and gave the boy the blood to drink and it cured him. " 3344. 3352. 3355. Learning to Walk and Talk (3337-3352) LEARNING TO WALK AND TALK 3337. If a baby girl utters her father's name first. "After all my children were born and I first got up. 3350. if the mother just before she puts her feet on the floor for the first time after confinement drinks a thimbleful of water." 3351." 3325. 3334. I had a baby and it slobber all the time. it will stop growing. it will be slow in coming. it will become a fool. expected visitors will be detained by a disappointment. 3347. it will soon die. Never let a baby crawl out a window. for we had a bucket of minnows. As much water as is first drawn from a well by a new mother. If a baby does not fall out of bed once during its first year. If a baby crawls to the center of a room. You may laugh at me. This belief is sometimes given in another form: if the first two teeth come in at the bottom of the mouth. you may expect visitors. 3324. the child will grow and thrive. if teeth do not appear before the end of the eighth month. 3360.

3374. Cut off the buttons of a man's shirt. 3364. string them. A baby whose gums are rubbed with a rabbit foot will not be bothered by teething. You can prevent pains in the gums of a teething baby by massaging them with the white part of a boiled egg. It may be worn in a bag about the neck or attached to a string." . They killed the bat and kept it in the house overnight and they didn't have any trouble with the baby when cutting teeth. "I never let a child of mine look in a looking-glass the first year. think it makes them cut teeth hard. The child's age is not always given. This time it worked. put the fish in the mouth of the child that is cutting teeth.' I did as he said and the teeth came right away without any more trouble. and I rub it over her gums for several mornings. An uncomfortable teething is prevented by cutting the baby's nails on a Friday before the end of the first year. Occasionally the brains are dried and used as a powder. Only a wild rabbit is useful. teething will not be difficult." 3405." 3402. However.only had nine: if a baby is cutting teeth and is running off at the bowels. a nutmeg may be hung about the baby's neck. 'Have you any fresh brains? My baby is five months old today and I want to start and feed her brains so she will get along with her teeth. He said. Some say you must use a fresh paw. teething will be aided. She brought them along when she came from Germany. 3381. I forgot what she called them. 3378. 3401. 'Why come to me and make a doctor bill? You go home and brown egg shells. A rabbit tooth about a baby's neck helps teething. 3399. and the powder applied to the gums. teething will not bother the baby. and I had my husband to find a rattler from the rattlesnake. Never lay a black hat over the head of a baby not yet six months old. and the child will not suffer. then put your finger in milk. To soothe the gums of a teething baby. "I was in the store at Fourth and Ohio. 3370. 3396. I will not charge you for this remedy. X. If you carry a baby around the outside of the house three times on the tenth day after its birth. "Every one of the children in our family wore a string of burdock roots around their neck and they never had any trouble with teeth-cutting. Teeth are cut without any difficulty by the baby who wears a rabbit foot on its neck. catch a little fish. front or back. 3390." Hog brains are usually eaten. 3393. if a baby is having a hard time cutting teeth — to make it easy. others say it must be a tusk (sometimes called an eye-tooth because it is supposed to go to the eyes). The person who lays a man's hat over a baby's head before teething will give the baby a bad time when cutting teeth. "This is very old. My sister bit the head off the fish. Crystal beads on a baby's neck assist teething. 3404. 3377. Some say the child should eat well-fried hog brains and cracklings. Brains from a black hen may be rubbed over a baby's gums as a teething remedy. 3398. for mother got it back in running water. They would not come. then in the egg-shell powder. If you let a baby wear a woolen cap the first year. To ease a child's teething. 3368. Two necklaces of allspice about a baby's neck will aid teething. catch a fish and remove its neckbone at once and pass it back and forth over the baby's gums. 3382. I went to Dr. He is dead now. kill the bat and keep it in the house overnight and it will make the baby cut teeth better. "Just twenty-three years ago my baby was thirteen months old. In helping a baby teethe easily. 3392. 3380. If cutting teeth. It is occasionally said the mole must be caught before sunrise. As a treatment for teething." Some say this keeps fever out of the gums. Son and Holy Ghost. 3387. and rub over its gums. others say a dried one. "Some years back my child was very sick cutting teeth. some say the tooth must be a brain-tooth (supposed to go to the brain). For a comfortable teething. Sometimes they are tied up in a linen cloth and then used. If a mother puts the warm brains from a freshly killed chicken in a sock and rubs this over her baby's gums while saying In the Name of the Father. If the white fur from the end of a rabbit's tail is rubbed over a baby's gums. "My grandmother did this for her children --. and rub the baby's gums with the opened part of the heart. go fishing." 3379. let a dog lick them." This also relieves pains in the gums. Teething can be made easy by rubbing the lining of a chicken gizzard over a baby's gums. She got along fine after that. 3394. let it wriggle around. so mother had to go fishing the second time and get a fish and put in her mouth. They say if a bat gets in the house and you have a baby in the house. if you massage the baby's gums with a boiled egg and then let the baby eat it. when someone told me this. 3367. a red flannel cloth should be wrapped about the baby's stomach. for they say as soon as a child is five months old feed it all the fresh brains you can to make teeth-cutting easy'.76 3362. 3395. and she got along fine after that. hang about its neck the lucky-bone from the head of a hog. use a necklace of hog teeth on the baby's neck. Sometimes the brains are put in a bag and rubbed on the gums. take out the heart while the carcass is still warm and split it open. and tie this on a baby's neck for teething. And she was always letting some child cutting teeth wear them around the neck to help in cutting teeth. take the hot brains of a rabbit and rub over its gums and the stomach will stop the running off." 3391. either front paw. A necklace of Job's tears is a common teething remedy. 3386." 3366. The wearing of an orris root about the neck of a baby aids teething. As an assistance in teething. 3371. then roll them fine. I am ninety-seven and that is what my mother and grandmother did: if a baby is cutting teeth. then put it back in running water. Any hog tooth about a baby's neck is good for teething. a troublesome teething will be the result 3384. 3372. Thursday. or the two front paws. Sometimes the gizzard lining is dried. the baby's gums may be massaged with a rooster comb. There is never any discomfort in teething. 3363." 3376. If you cut up a potato and string the pieces about a baby's neck. was having an awful time cutting teeth. 3385. 3383. 3397. 3369. To guard a teething baby against a cough or any annoyance with its teeth. 3403. "My mother went fishing and got a small sunfish and put it in my sister's mouth. 3373. 3365. a severe teething may be expected. powdered. 3388. "My mother had some red beads. Since then I have heard it was an old remedy and very good." 3375. 3400. skin a rabbit and rub the skin while warm over the baby's gums. A remedy for teething is amber beads round a baby's neck. One may do this in assisting a baby to teethe: kill a rabbit. "My daughter's baby was just three months old when a bat got in the house. she was having such a hard time with her teething. "I have put a raw-hide string around dozens of babies' necks in my life. The paw of a mole is commonly used as a relief in teething: the right paw. and a woman came in and said. the baby will teethe without any distress. A baby cutting teeth can be helped with a necklace of pearl beads. A baby with a frog about its neck has a mild teething. and I had eight. 3389. They came out of the ocean [coral? for coral is occasionally used].

A baby's gums never pain during teething. 3431. 3441. and tie this about the neck of the baby. Prepare a teething remedy as follows: bore a hole through a silver half-dollar and tie the coin about the child's neck. See Downwards. didn't have a drop to give the baby when she came out of the spasm. rubbed my breast with whiskey for two weeks before they [each child] were born. 3421. it means the baby at home is hungry. I had plenty of nurse. "I had a caked breast when my little girl came years ago and I just tried everything. As soon as a baby is three months old. "I tried this myself for weed in the breast and it was good. 3422. for I heard my mother tell this. A caked breast poulticed with clay becomes well. You may rub a thimble over a baby's gums three times while asking God for an easy teething. Pains during teething are lessened by rubbing the baby's gums with a silver spoon every morning. I was in so much pain. tied furry side over the breast. A teething remedy is made as follows: boil a violet root in milk for a half-hour." 3425. For example: Never wean a baby in the sign of the stomach (or bowels = Virgo). Some add the child will never get a decayed tooth. if they are massaged with goat milk. If a robin come in your house when you have a baby. I did just what she told me and it came right back. let an unweaned pup suck them. "When I was a baby I was wearing a black velvet ribbon. If you have caked breast or weed in the breast — that is worse than caked breast — take a piece of oil cloth and put over the breast with the oil cloth to the outside. never run the robin out." 3435. rub them with a gold ring. or liniment. they would get a wild goose or duck. 3417. Never wean a baby in the sign of the head (Aries). if you do. 3418. Goose grease applied to a caked breast and combed downwards is a good treatment. 3413. if they are rubbed with a silver coin. "My mother had ten children and she never had caked breasts. pink and white. Teething never bothers a baby wearing an eye-tooth (human) about its neck. 3415. and when dried. A woman cures her caked breast by applying a hot pancake. let the bird go out itself. And just as soon as grandfather got home and they put the black velvet ribbon on me. one day I thought my baby was dying with a spasm. And my grandfather had to go to town to get another black ribbon. As a remedy for caked breasts.Weaning . begin to rub its gums with fresh squirrel brains every few days and teething will not cause any trouble. If an Indian woman had caked breast. In treating the inflammation a woman may squeeze some of her milk on a hot stove and then massage the caked breast with camphor. 3419. "My mother always used a cow-manure poultice for cake breast. If a mother is somewhere without her baby and her breasts begin to hurt. a robin came in my kitchen and lit on the high-chair. 3438. you will give it stomach trouble. "When my baby was six months old and sitting in its high-chair. and do it for three days. "This is very old. each of a different color — blue. If the mother drinks a thimbleful of water just before she leaves childbed the first time. at other times the dried hide is covered with camphor and laid under the arm nearest the ailing breast. punch a hole through it for a string. its brains will hurt. and I was so scared I lost every bit of it. your baby will have a hard time cutting teeth — if you let it stay in. if she massages them with sheep brains. that all the rest of the children wore. and put on their breast. her baby will teethe easily." 3437b." 3409. The nursing mother who enters an old cellar will soon have caked breasts. I didn't have any more trouble with my teeth. a mole skin may be worn. "A woman had a very sore breast and all she did was to put her spit on the breast three times at night. 3426.77 3406. Sometimes the hide is stretched on a board to dry. And I never knew when the baby cut its teeth. 3428. 3437.To Dry up Breasts (3420-3484) CAKED BREASTS 3420. 3416." 3436. She took the lining [sweatband] out of an old greasy man's hat [old greasy sweatband from a man's hat] and put on her caked breast. keep a dirty fine comb on the caked breast. using three pieces of ribbon. 3440. cut open alive. a magic rite in Index." 3430. "I knew a woman that did this and it help her.magic time. Occasionally these treatments are dressed up with a little magic: The skin of an egg may be dipped into camphor and rubbed over the breast three times a day. 3414. A baby never suffers from teething. Either as a protection against or as a cure for a caked breast. removing it. sprinkled occasionally with salt. and when grandma came over [from German] there were only about thirty houses in Quincy. 3424. Home remedies for caked breasts are almost endless." 3429. The task of the mother who weans her baby in the sign of the head (Aries) will be long and difficult. She was turning black. everything imaginable being used as a poultice. when an old German woman told me to take a large nutmeg and scrape out the insides of it and put the whole nutmeg on my breast so it wouldn't fall off. During the teething period wash a baby's gums with sheep urine and the baby will not be troubled by them. and repeating this process three times. LACTATION (3420-3484) Caked Breasts . 3408. Caked breasts can be cured. and she got it from her mother. if a silver thimble is rubbed on its gums. The folks fixed one for me and I got over my pain right away. A man who has killed a mole by squeezing it to death in his hand can lay that hand on a caked breast and heal it. and she use the same hide for all ten children. 3423. said it was the best thing you could use. and I had eight" --. 3434. 3412. "I tried this and didn't have any trouble. and it broke for it was so old. 3411. Then my neighbor told me about wetting the middle finger and making the cross over my forehead to bring back my nurse." 3433. I would say about sixty years. two periods of seven days each. To relieve pains in the gums of a teething baby. 3427. 3432. will take all the fever out. I will never forget it. will have a easy time." 3437a. A baby on reaching maturity will have an ailment in that part of its body which corresponds to the sign of the zodiac when it was weaned. ointment. because she had a weasel hide and always rub it over her breasts. I never did a thing. WEANING 3439. A mother need not worry about her teething baby's gums. Soreness in the breasts at the time of delivery can be relieved by rubbing the nipples with some afterbirth. . 3410. To get rid of the inflammation. "Years ago. because after it broke I was having such a hard time." 3407. three times in the morning. also.

3451. Occasionally only a piece of the shirt is used. 3468. If a mother weans her baby and then gives it the breast again. 3486. 3474. 3493. Wean a baby in the sign of the toes (lower part of the feet = Pisces) and it will not cry much. Breasts may be dried up by letting some of the milk drop on a hot brick. "I would always milk my breasts on the stove every morning for nine mornings when I wanted to wean my baby. a mother may put three table. then wrap up the shirt and lay it away. Always name the first boy after his father for luck in life. they say the weaning does not cause the mother any trouble. I did and I got along fine. and replaces the lid. 3452." This also dries up the breasts. 3482. A mother may dry up her breasts by heating a white rock and milking some of her milk on it." Some say of a woman who does this that she has buried her milk forever and will not be able to nurse another baby. Friday is a proper day on which to wean children. the mother should take off the dead baby's shirt and wear it tied over her breasts. she will soon get a rich husband. "I had a 'leven-month-old baby and I had too much milk. squirts some of her milk on the soot. If a woman on her first visit to see a newborn baby thinks of a name for it and the child is later so named. 3464. 3480. Never choose a definite name for an unborn baby. 3453. As a method for drying up milk after a baby dies. 3447. a woman can squirt her milk three times against a hot brick during the dark of the moon. . "I tried this years ago when my baby died: if you want to dry up your breast. To wean a baby and to dry up the breasts. You may consider several possible names before birth without causing trouble. 3483. 3473. "If you wean a baby in May. the luckier it will be." Some say it is not necessary to wrap up the shirt and lay it away. if she turns over a stove lid. By milking some of her milk on a hot shovel three times a mother can dry up her breasts. The sooner a baby is named after birth. Unless you start weaning while the sign is descending from the thigh (thighs = Sagittarius). 3478. take the shirt they died in and rub over your breast good. You can make a baby grow well by weaning it in the sign of the feet (Pisces). the baby will suck its thumbs until it is three years old. 3488. The light of the moon as the sign recedes from the knees (Capricornus) towards the feet (Pisces) is an excellent time to wean children. The mother's urine may be rubbed on her breasts to dry them up. 3471. and your breast will get all right. BAPTISM -NAMING -SPONSORS OR GODPARENTS (3485-3510) 3485." 3470. Children do not develop normally until after baptism. A mother can wean her baby easily by rubbing her breasts with soot for three days. Let a mother squeeze some of her milk on the ground for three mornings to wean her baby and to dry up her breasts. then put the shirt away. 3450. didn't have any more trouble. 3489. Both the weaning of a baby and the drying up of the breasts is done by the mother dropping some of her milk into boiling water. By baptizing a sick child its health will improve immediately. Breasts are dried up by the mother who squeezes some of her milk on a hot stove lid removed from the stove. If a mother milks some of her milk on the baby's shirt. milk some of your milk on your husband's dirty shirt. 3475. It is lucky to baptize a child on its birthday. 3454. 3449. 3459. Some say a baby weaned in the sign of the heart (Leo) will cry all the time. any sign below the sex organ (Scorpio) may be selected. To wean a baby in the sign of the breast (Cancer) causes it to cry all the time. A child born on Friday and weaned on Friday always thrives. it will cry continually. 3457. The weaning of a baby in the dark of the moon dries up the mother's breasts at once. Always nurse a baby for the last time beneath an elder bush and it will not cry for breast milk again. The sign of the legs (Aquarius) is a suitable time for weaning babies. 3469. This must be done for three mornings. 3481. 3446. To change the day fixed for a baptism is unlucky. 3476. 3466. 3472. 3448. 3461. 3445. this is very unlucky. letting the milk steam up against them. Some mothers dry up their breasts by allowing some of the milk to fall on hot iron — usually a stove or a shovel. A baby weaned in the sign of the heart (Leo) will not live long. if while the sign is going up. While the sign is leaving the heart (Leo) is a good time to begin the weaning of a baby. 3443. A child taken from home before it has been baptized will have bad luck. One of the best times to wean a baby is during the decline of the moon. the child will become a thief. for a baby weaned before that time will never be healthy. If a baby is weaned while the sign is going down from the knee (knees = Capricornus). 3467. 3463. and my little girl died --. If a baby dies before it is weaned. When Pisces is called fish (Fishes). Do not wean a baby until the down-sign reaches the knees (Capricornus). 3492. it will rarely cry. Some say the shirt must be dried thoroughly before it is worn. 3484.spoons of her milk in a hot fire.I was so sick I didn't think I could go to the funeral — and someone told me to milk some of my milk on a rag and put it in the coffin with her. Children weaned during the summer die young. TO DRY UP BREASTS 3465. had milk fever bad. 3479. It is possible for a woman to dry up her breasts. and I would not have any trouble with my milk. the mother may lay a coarse comb between her breasts to dry them up." 3460. 3490. 3458. 3487. 3444. "I know this saying [handed down from a maternal ancestor in Ireland] is two-hundred years old: if your breast is sore and you want to dry it up when with a baby. others say it will never cry. Babies weaned in the sign of the head (Aries) are always headstrong. 3456. 3462. 3455. You will wean it away.78 3442. Nursing mothers who spill hot grease on the stove (accidentally or purposely) will dry up their breasts. The first quarter of the moon may be chosen as a weaning-time for a child. To dry up her breasts. she can dry up her breasts. The weaning of a baby in summertime makes it fretful. As a favorable weaning-time for a baby. 3491. 3477.

a preacher. a carpenter. 3501. Similarly. Do this the day a boy is six months old: arrange in a row below him on the floor a piece of money. 3520. By a mother cracking on a teacup the first louse seen in a baby's hair the baby will be made a lawyer. show him a bottle. The future calling of a baby can be divined by letting him look at a piece of money. if a boy. 3521. and if the scissors. sufficient clothing. Let the sponsors buy the child's first book and it will be bright in school. A mother may open a Bible at random. if the hammer. he will be rich. if to the latter. a drunkard. if the dollar. a studious child may be expected. A bottle and a book may be laid before a boy on the day he is a year old. because she had someone to rub a slice of apple over their tongue before they had anything else. 3504. The baby to whom the name of a dead person is given will always be unlucky 3498. a lawyer. THE HUMAN BODY (3534-4523) GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS (3534-3549) . 3508. crack it on a Bible and he will become a preacher. Do not name a child after either parent." 3513. and if for the cards. he will always have plenty of money. and close the book. a carpenter. if the dollar. a stylish dresser. but he died when fifteen years old and didn't get to be a preacher: when you wash a new baby just after it is born. insufficient clothing in life is indicated. "My uncle named two of his children after dead people and he lost both of them. 3496. he will be opulent. he will be prosperous. and if the dime. a life of poverty. "I have two sons and years ago when I found the first louse in their heads. a nickel and a dime — and the one chosen will indicate the measure of its financial success: if the penny. it will soon die. and if the Bible. if with the money. " I did this to my baby boy for I wanted him to be a preacher. a drunkard. expect a spendthrift. 3510. if the black. some money and a pile of dirt — if he plays with the book. money will slip through its fingers. the baby's life will be bright. he will be a gambler. 3515. 3532. The Christian name of a boy should never begin with the first letter of his surname. A person who changes his Christian name will not live long. 3506. My daughter married and had several children and they are all wonderful singers. The mother who cracks on a hymn book the first louse she finds on her baby's head makes the baby a good singer. and with the pile of dirt. 3529. he will be a drunkard. This may be done the day a boy is a year old: on the floor before him are arranged in a row a book. a money-lover. the godmother should give her a pair of shoes for luck. "I know this is true. bad luck will come to him. A person refusing to be a sponsor for a baby brings it bad luck. A boy's future can be discovered on his first birthday by laying in front of him on the floor a book. 3516." 3499. he will be a good learner. a miser. You can make a child fortunate by naming it after a saint. a doctor. 3526. he will be a drunkard. each of a different color — blue. The child whose name is changed will be unfortunate. a bookworm. and if the money. a dollar and a hat: if he clutches the book. "When my daughter was born. 3502. dark. As soon as a boy can crawl. 3519. riches will be accumulated. 3525. a preacher. if the hammer. the book a scholar. he will be a drunkard. he will become what the other signifies. a banker. an affluent man. the godfather should give him a pair of boots for luck. Three objects may be placed on the floor in the path of a crawling baby — a dollar. if clutched. place before him on the floor a bottle. and if the hammer. your hope will be fulfilled. a bottle. 3495." 3514. The day a boy is a year old put down before him on the floor a pocket. a carpenter. a murderer. if the Bible. a hammer. As soon as you find the first louse in your baby's hair. 3503. a gambler. a bottle and a book: if he takes the dollar. Some say this must be done before the baby is a year old. 3524. a whiskey bottle and a deck of cards: if he reaches for the pocketbook. 3522. my wife had someone to rub a slice of apple over her tongue before she had anything else and she was a wonderful singer. The baby for whom a pregnant woman acts as godmother will not survive the year. Let a baby see three new coins — a penny." 3517. and if the book. You can divine a baby's work in life by placing in front of him on the floor a bottle. and if the bottle. if held tightly. offer it a coin: if refused. an accumulation of wealth. the bottle signifying a drunkard. a Bible and a pair of scissors — if he grasps the money. 3523. hence. 3518. an early grave. a Bible and a hammer: if he selects the bottle. if the Bible. a Bible and a piece of money: if the deck of cards is selected. The object first refused or thrown away will tire him first. A baby failing to cry at its baptism never reaches maturity. a book and a bottle — all of them on the floor: if he prefers the money he will be a banker. I cracked it on the bottom of a tin cup and they are both good singers. if the Bible. To learn what a baby will do in life. little more than a living. DETERMINATION AND DIVINATION OF CHILD'S FUTURE (3511-3533) 3511. 3507. 3530. a drunkard. 3512. if for the bottle. The mother who names her child after its father or herself will not get any more children.79 3494. 3500. 3533. a hammer and a dollar: if he picks the bottle. To discover a baby's future occupation. 3509. he will be a drunkard. a preacher. lay its head on a Bible before you dress it to make a preacher of him. the verse on which the louse was mashed will tell what is going to happen to the baby. a dollar and a Bible: if he chooses the bottle. 3497. and if the hat. a banker. A baby whose initials spell a word will become rich. set in front of him a dollar and a bottle of whiskey: if he crawls to the former. 3531. and if the purple. In divining a baby's future attitude towards finance. short. if the bottle. Hold in front of a baby three objects. and if the dollar. black and purple: if the blue one is picked. if it does not cry. a preacher.book. If immediately after birth you put in your baby's hand some object symbolizing the occupation you want it to adopt in later life. because my baby cried at christening and it had very good luck. 3527. If a baby cries when being baptized. 3505. They say a baby crying at its baptism will be a cry-baby. if the bottle. On a boy's first birthday lay before him on the floor a deck of cards. if the book. 3528. The crying of a baby at baptism is a sign it likes its name: if a girl. if the nickel. if the coin is taken and dropped. drop into it her baby's first louse. a hard worker.

The person who gets scratched will soon take a ride. Mild. a round face. others say twelve. A beauty-spot is lucky. Long-headed people are long-sighted. Some say ten must be eaten daily. "If you scratch yourself down. 3542. Negroes say a young colored boy drinking coffee will become blacker when he grows up. High cheek-bones are an indication of reserve or disagreeableness. people with low or sloping foreheads are unintelligent. Freckled-faced people are always lucky. People with bad dispositions are under the influence of the moon. 3539. 3560. To sleep with your head raised high will give you wrinkles. Do not trust a person whose head at the back is long. The belief that a Negro has a harder head than a white man has given the name nigger-head to a certain type of hard stone. he is calculating. The reverse is thought to be true by some white people. Broad-faced people are free-hearted or open-handed. and inclined to be unscrupulous. HEAD-FOREHEAD-CHEEK. Since prunes are wrinkled. persons with narrow heads are narrow-minded. 3566. 3546. a broad-minded person. 3540. An itching on the back of your neck denotes you will meet with some failure. self-opinionated or disdainful. A scratch on your body means someone has told a lie about you. Never measure yourself. A square chin reveals a determined person. somebody is thinking of you. Long-necked people are busybodies. short-chinned people are retiring or vacillating. If you scratch yourself across. 3577.always stupid. Well-defined ridges just above the eyes mean low mentality or meanness. 3583. not a bit. A tall man has a big penis. 3561. "Dimple on the chin. As a treatment for wrinkles. "Dimple in the cheek.CHIN-FACE-NECK (3550-3583) 3550. It is an old saying among colored folk that a coal-black Negro is a bad character. When your face burns." 3551. always looking for the main chance. The person whose head itches will soon wear a strange hat. 3545. a small man a large penis. wash your face every morning with your own urine. 3570. 3553. 3569. A person whose head tapers to a point at the back is an egg-head --. 3538. gentle and meek. An itching head is a token of danger. HAIR (3584-3814) Quantity of Hair . 3559. trouble before night say some. eating them will prevent or remove wrinkles. 3536. Big head. 3537. 3572.80 3534. 3545a. You can obtain good luck by rubbing your hands on a Negro's head. 3576. you will receive a shock. Prominent temples denote determination or temper. 3571. 3574. a sad person. 3555. 3579. 3557. 3582.thick-witted. A fat person is always good-natured. 3567." 3568. A fat man has a little penis. a jolly person. If your head itches. 3580. 3549. 3554. 3541. you will bring bad luck to your family." 3565. Long-chinned people are aggressive or inquisitive. People with high foreheads are intelligent." 3548. that a yellow or light-colored Negro is no good. short-headed people are short-sighted. Touch your beauty-spot and you will go on a visit. A new friend found. 3552. 3573. someone is speaking ill of you. A broad face. the first rule in a free-for-all fight with a Negro is to kick him on the shin. An old friend lost. A large man has a small penis. Persons with broad heads are broad-minded. A Negro is more sensitive on the shin than a white person. A long face. Devil within. a narrow face. 3581. The person who has an itching on the front of the neck (throat) will hear of an enemy. 3564. 3543. But the contrary is sometimes believed: "Little head. 3535. 3562. a narrow-minded person. A flat place on the back of the head marks a person as a flat-head --. hence. A large head indicates intelligence. The woman whose left breast is larger than the right is loved better by her father than by her mother. The entire composition of the body changes every seven years. A black silk string worn round the head keeps the brain clear. The person having a dish-face is always a liar. little wit. If the back of your neck itches. 3563. 3558. 3556. 3544. An itching chin is a sign it will soon be hit.White or Grey Hair (3584-3606) . 3575. 3578. You can strengthen your arm by wearing a leather strap round the wrist. narrow-faced people are self-centered or stingy. 3547.

A man with curly hair is always lazy. An onion may be rubbed on a red-haired person's head for luck. 3589. If a light-haired woman puts on fresh flowers and they wilt at once. A person with red hair either has a great many freckles or is very fair. "I know a young man right now. 3602. 3609. this prank was never attempted unless the redhead was considerably smaller than the aggressor. The best husbands will be found among men with fine brown hair. A blonde has a loving disposition but is fickle and unreliable. 3632. Hairy arms mean strength. 3615. 3631.81 QUANTITY OF HAIR 3584. 3620. rub your hand on the head of a red-haired person. 3604. CURLY HAIR 3636. Similarly. To have hairy arms is a mark of wealth. 3606. Remove one grey hair and two will take its place. A large quantity of hair on the body is an indication of sexual virility. If you jerk out a grey hair. and he will not put cream in his coffee. WHITE OR GREY HAIR 3598. 3595. with light hair. 3634. 3601. Men who become grey prematurely are usually good-natured. 3614. 3637. 3611. You can hypnotize light-haired persons better than those who have dark hair. 3585. 3586. Bald-headed men have more brains than men whose heads are well covered with hair. A light-haired man is always conceited. Very dark hair in a man is always an indication of loyalty.Curly Hair (3607-3640) LIGHT AND DARK HAIR 3607. If on your way home you meet a red-haired girl coming towards you. A person meeting a red-haired Negro will be lucky. drinks it black. 3633. 3610. 3608. Red-haired people are the best home-lovers. 3624. You burn your hand by rubbing it on red hair. A dark-haired woman is faithful and trustworthy. A person whose hair turns white early in life has the mind of a child. 3603. If a boy has curly red hair. 3635. I have went through enough trouble to kill a hundred women. 3613. 3592. sign they are very strong. good luck may be expected. that child will be rich. A redhead is always a spit-fire. Fright will turn a person's hair white. 3591. Regardless of the color. Coarse-haired persons are always good-natured. in the dark of the moon. To have good luck. After you have found the first grey hair on your head. Hairy legs are a token of wealth. 3588. Some say the onion must be red. Women who don't have any hair under the arms. Never shave off the hair under your arms. 3618. Legs well covered with hair denote strength. Boys with curly hair accumulate wealth. 3630. ten will come to its funeral. 3597. A generation ago it was a rather common prank for a large boy to pretend that his hand was burning while he rubbed his knuckles none too lightly on the head of a small boy who had red hair. dark hair. 3587. Light hair should be dyed in the light of the moon. trying to turn his hair darker. Eleven grey hair will grow where one has been eliminated. Women who have light-colored hair are less dependable than women with darker shades of hair. he will never be rich. The person pulling out a grey hair will soon find five more. to turn light hair dark. Hair on the body signifies strength. only twenty. 3619. dark hair light." 3594. Men with hairy arms are honest. 3596. The person who has a lot of pubic hair is sexually virile. One grey hair plucked out will be followed by seven others. in the light of the moon. RED HAIR 3623. They say this sometimes happens overnight. 3617. it shows she is a flirt. 3626. The person who meets a man with red hair first thing in the morning will have good luck that day. "I have not a hair under my arms. Light and Dark Hair . People with dark hair are more sensual than those who have lighter tints of hair. 3627. Persons with hairy bodies will always have money." 3622. 3616. If the first child in a family has red hair. 3628. 3593. expect to find company on your arrival. 3621. I am eighty-seven and I am very strong. Women with dark hair are more loyal than light-haired women. 3629. dye it in the dark of the moon. A woman who has black hair of fine texture is highly strung. people having fine-textured hair are said to be dangerous when angry. However.Red Hair . 3599. Hairy men are strong but hairy women are weak. Coarse black hair in a woman is a sign of a cross disposition. 3612. It is lucky to meet a red-haired girl on the street. 3600. An unusual amount of hair on the head indicates sexual potency. 3625. This misfortune can be averted by returning home and sitting down for five minutes before starting out again. . A red-haired woman met as the first thing in the morning denotes bad luck that day. it will take all your strength away. 3605. 3590.

If a woman in her courses trims your hair. you may look for good luck. wash your hair three times a week with a mixture of rain-water and urine. 3682. 3685. A man whose hair is cut by a woman will lose his strength. Let a cat lick cow cream off your face and you can raise a heavy beard.Crown .makes a man of you. 3663. This also thickens the thin hair of a child. 3664. 3670. Always cut your hair on Good Friday for luck. 3677. 3675. He uses it for his car battery. you will have bad luck that day. Rain falling on your bare head makes your hair grow. 3679. 3661. An itching crown means a better position in life. To keep a cowlick down. 3686. If your hair is trimmed on Friday. Persons with a cowlick are lucky. WASHING HAIR 3659. Carrots may be eaten for curly hair. it will grow better and have a finer texture. It is lucky to have two crowns on your head. A crown in the center of the head is a sign of intelligence.Disposal of Hair (3672-3791) CUTTING HAIR 3672. By washing your hair on Friday you give yourself bad luck." Cutting Hair . let a cow lick it. you will become bald. Similarly. 3660. Hair trimmed by a woman pregnant with her first child becomes heavier and longer. 3651. 3669. honey should be smeared on the outside of the lips and chicken manure on the inside of the lips. you will have good luck. 3639.Combing Hair . 3688. which I heard from childhood: eating lots of bread puts hair on your chest --. 3646. 3643. 3676. 3648. "To comb your hair after dark.Washing Hair (3641-3671) COWLICK 3641. The first morning of a new moon get up and trim your hair before eating or doing anything and it will grow faster. 3668. "My father. or prevents splitting. If your crown itches. Wash your hair with March snow-water to prevent it from coming out. 3649. after a rain washes them away and they have rotted. 3662." 3667. 3644.Beard and Mustache . Hair washed once a week with strong coffee made in the dark of the moon will become black and glossy. Eat bread crusts to make your hair curly. Coarse hair washed in urine becomes fine. was an expression of my father's. 3680. Hair can be kept or made thick by trimming it when the moon is full. BEARD AND MUSTACHE 3653. 3681. Hair clipped anytime during the new moon: grows in twice as heavily. Whoever has a cowlick also has a stubborn disposition. To obtain blunty hair. Kinky hair is straightened by washing it with soap and urine. 3674. To make a mustache smooth and thick. As a cure for dandruff. "Mother used to say chicken dung was good for a man's mustache to make it grow. 3650. A person with two crowns will meet death by drowning. 3657." . 3684. In raising a mustache. 3671. trim it during the new moon. 3658. Never wash your hair on Sunday. A person having a cowlick will never be in want of money. Brings sorrow to the heart. A man with a mustache is deceitful. 3683. a blacksmith. The person who washes his hair as soon as he gets up on Monday morning will be lucky all week. Let a pregnant woman trim your hair and it will grow twice as quickly and have double strength. 3665. The decrease of the moon is a bad time for clipping hair. Two crowns (or a double-crown) indicate you will live (or eat bread) on two continents or in two countries (governments or kingdoms). "March rain-water is good to make your hair grow. If it rains on your head during dog days. A woman who cuts the ends of her hair every new moon and at no other time will always have plenty of hair. always washed his hair in slack water to keep his hair from falling out. My son-in-law keeps it in the house all the time. Cowlick . Whenever rain falls on the first of May wash your head in a running creek and none of your hair will come out that year. To have an itch on your crown indicates your best friend is thinking about you. clip it in the dark of the moon. 3640. After your crown has itched. The time for bad luck is also given as all week or before the following Sunday. You can rid yourself of split hair by cutting it when the moon is half dark and then singeing the ends." 3673. Some say the first Friday of a new moon. Friday in a new moon is a good hair-cutting time. CROWN 3645. 3647. makes it longer. it will come in thicker. 3652. If you comb your hair before breakfast and do not touch it again that day. Let a person with straight red hair cut it and throw the cuttings out a window. you will lose your hair. 3678. 3666. "My mother did this when I was young to make me have long hair: cut the ends off and burn them [the cut-off pieces]. 3655." 3656. the new hair will grow curly and stay that way. COMBING HAIR 3687. good luck may be expected. The boy who washes his face in the water of an old hollow stump will never have a beard. 3654. 3642.82 3638.

"My mother would not let us do it.a sporting woman is coming to your house. 3747. If during menstruation a woman permits someone to comb her hair. Never comb your hair in a Negro's home or let a Negro comb his hair in your home. you will become crazy. 3729. 3733. 3695. 3735. If you drop a comb. so she will not lose her hair. A woman's hair will not take a permanent wave while she is menstruating. You will not be disappointed after dropping a comb. 3723. It is unlucky to comb your hair at night in front of a mirror. step on it to protect yourself against a disappointment. The counting of the teeth in a comb will make you lose your hair. it will give you bad luck. It is lucky to find a comb. 3699. Anyone breaking a comb tooth will be unlucky. If you comb your hair just before going to bed. money will soon come your way." 3715." 3694. The person who drops a comb while preparing to go somewhere will be compelled to remain at home. They say the dropping of a comb makes you absent-minded. A hair curling when drawn between the thumb and fore-finger indicates its owner is proud. if you let someone step on it. Before you pick up a fallen comb. 3737. If you lose a comb given to you by a friend. Your hair popping when combed signifies it is full of electricity and that you are healthy. An old comb left anywhere makes that place unfortunate. As a protection against bad luck after you drop a comb. Never comb anyone's hair. he will. A comb found with most of its teeth missing signifies a male enemy: if the comb is kept. if after dark. 3717. 3691. To turn your hair black. some misfortune will soon follow. 3700. always brush it at night. spit on it and bad luck will be averted. step on it before you pick it up. A woman going to bed with a comb in her hair will be unlucky. He who uses another person's comb will soon quarrel with its owner. 3742. Do not permit anyone to brush back a strand of hair that falls down over your eyes. Hair coming out in greater quantities than usual when combed is a sign of a severe illness for you. 3714. he will not bother you. Never keep a broken comb. 3722. 3745. To ward off the bad luck indicated by dropping a comb. Two persons looking into the same mirror at the same time while combing their hair will be unfortunate. 3725. 3707. A person dropping a comb may step on it for money. 3718. 3690. 3736. 3728. Never comb your hair while sitting on a bed. The person who drops a comb can prevent bad luck by letting someone step on it. 3719. 3720. "I never pick up a comb I drop. Whoever sees a woman combing her hair in the light of a full moon may expect trouble. 3739. said someone in the family would get sick sure. 3712. 3749. 3753. 3708. It is unlucky for two persons to comb someone's hair at the same time." 3731. 3727. To let a comb fall is a sign of a disappointment. A fallen comb foretells a fallen woman --. After you drop a comb. you can expect trouble. The woman who combs her hair between sunset and dark (after dark say some) will be disappointed.83 3689. 3721. 3711. If your comb breaks. A comb dropped after dark makes you unlucky. and she got down and was sick for years . If you comb your hair after dark (or after sunset). 3703. 3730. get down on the floor and kiss the comb as a precaution against misfortune. A dropped comb should be stepped on three times and kissed to avoid trouble. 3713. always just kick it over in the corner and let it stay there until the next day. 3732. If you let a comb fall behind you while combing your hair. The person who finds a comb will soon have a new friend. Some say you must use the right foot. the friend also will soon be lost. "My mother didn't know this and she used to sell her hair to people to make wigs. comb your hair after dark. bury the pieces under your doorstep to counteract bad luck. To let anyone use your comb will bring you a misfortune. If you comb your hair after sundown. Let someone pick up the comb that you have dropped and a disappointment will be avoided." 3724. it will cause you bad luck. Always let someone pick up a comb you drop and you will not be unlucky. you will soon meet with a disappointment. 3748. pick it up and kiss it to keep bad luck away. 3741. DISPOSAL OF HAIR 3754. 3701. never pick it up for twenty-four hours or you will be disappointed. 3716. you will never accumulate any. 3746. if it is thrown away. 3710. 3740. Someone will soon tell a lie about the person who drops a comb. 3752. Whoever counts the teeth in a comb will soon break it. The woman who shakes her head while her hair hangs down is a flirt. 3692. 3697. Tangles in your hair show that rats have slept in it. Persons dropping a comb will do something of which they will be ashamed before the day ends. 3726. To drop a comb means company — usually that day. If you do not want the company foretold by a comb falling. for if you drop a comb. 3696. If you are compelled to finish combing your hair after someone has started the task. bad luck may be expected. 3709. 3734. 3702. step on the comb. 3738. 3704. all of it will fallout. you will hear of an accident in your family. it will make you forgetful. "I have a friend that carries her comb with her all the time so no one can use it. you have a terrible temper. 3706. To count the teeth of a comb causes trouble. It is unlucky to drop a comb. 3693. 3744. Hair combed at night will fall out. "I always do this when I drop my comb. If you drop a comb. 3743. If a hair of yours curls when pulled between your thumb and fore-finger. you will lose your wealth. 3705. Combings dropping from your comb in the morning denote trouble that day. 3750. turn around three times before picking it up. 3751. 3698.

LIPS . A man with a large mouth is a c-----. A woman with a large mouth has a large vaginal orifice. Hold a strand of your hair over a lighted lamp: if the hair catches fire quickly. Itching lips indicate someone wants to kiss you. "I never throw my hair out or burn it. If you lay your combings or clippings under a rock. . A deep groove (philtrum) in the upper lip. The person whose combings fail to burn when thrown in a fire is stingy. 3767. To keep your hair from falling out or to make it grow. After birds have made a nest with your hair-cuttings.s------. MOUTH . it is an omen of a short life. 3799. 3757. After a man's lips itch. People with pointed tongues are spiteful. 3781. If the corners of your mouth droop. 3776. But some say this practice will give you bad luck. Throw some of your combings on the fire: if they smolder and do not create a blaze. The person having a thin and pointed tongue is a good talker. Hair picked up from the street is unlucky. 3770. 3780. she will kiss a man. you have told a lie in which you will soon be caught. your hair will fall out or stop growing. If your upper lip itches. 3806. To have your combings blaze up when thrown in a fire signifies you will come to a bad end. The person who throws his hair away will soon become grey. if slowly. 3763. the size of the mouth. A person throwing his combings or clippings into running water will lose his mind. The finding of a hair in your mouth is a sign you will kiss a fool. he will kiss a woman. Insert a lock of your hair between the glass and the picture of a framed photograph and you will always be lucky. 3813. a shallow groove. A man can be lucky by keeping in his pocket a lock of woman's hair. 3789. a man with a mustache is coming. 3759. 3769. The philtrum. good luck will befall you. Combings or cuttings buried where water can drip on them. 3777. 3797. a small tongue. the hair is supposed to grow twice as fast. a long life. 3772. 3790. a deep thinker. you will become stupid.. A person having thin lips tightly drawn about the mouth is stingy in money matters. an open-mouthed person. Some say this does not happen until the hair rots. practices cunnilingus. 3791. 3800. the size of the orifice. makes the hair grow better. 3808. a child with a large philtrum was sometimes called a snot-nose. you have a jealous disposition. A bird building a nest from your combings will put tangles in your hair. bad luck may be expected. with a little mouth. 3773. To find a hair on your shoulder indicates you will receive a letter. 3785. 3805. Whoever has a large mouth and thin lips can foretell the future. 3775. If your combings are burned.TONGUE (3792-3814) 3792. 3766. pick them up and burn or bury them at once. 3795. You commit a sin by not putting out your combings where birds can get them for nests. hence. 3758. Keep a slip of your hair in your locket for luck. after a woman's lips itch. Always save your hair-cuttings and you will never be bald. Never burn your combings. 3768. 3788. 3765. after the paper rots. failing to do this will cause you bad luck for seven years. Birds flying over your discarded combings bring you bad luck. A baby with a large mouth will become a good singer. 3771. 3810." 3762. combings or cuttings should be buried in the ground. If a loose hair falls over your nose. "When I was a child. 3812. 3778. A person whose hair is used by a bird when making a nest will soon become bald. If a bird builds a nest out of your combings. provided the picture is one of yourself and hanging on the wall. a shallow thinker. 3760. A hair found in your food denotes bad luck. 3787. a long life. It is good for the hair to have birds find your combings. if they blaze up brightly. A large tongue means a short life. every time they cut my hair I would bury the hair under the front door to make it grow. 3811. A string in your hair shows someone is thinking about you. 3774. a little talker. A large number of wrinkles round your mouth means you are a story-teller (liar). 3794. If your tongue burns. 3793.84 for doing it. " 3755. thick lips. 3756. 3782. 3798. money will be received unexpectedly. is made larger by mucus running out of the nose. there will be an increase in the family. 3807. Your combings should never be burned. It also stops hair from falling out. 3761. If some of your hair-clippings fall to the floor. "I always put all my hair combings in a piece of paper. 3783. then put it in running water. 3803. 3802. A person with a big mouth is a big talker. Whoever burns his combings or cuttings will get coarse hair. 3786. 3779. An itching on the lips shows someone is crying about you. your hair will grow well. The upper lip itching is a sign you will be kissed. 3801. the groove in the upper lip. to keep from losing the strength in my hair. A curl from your head may be worn in your shoe for luck. A person whose lips burn will be kissed by a stranger. For luck you may sleep with a small braid of your hair beneath your pillow. I always put it in the water-closet so it will grow. 3809. One of the causes of bad health is the burning of your hair. a long life. usually under the eaves of the house. 3804. Thin lips signify a close-mouthed person. A woman who wipes her lips with a dish rag will get hairy lips. you may expect a short life. 3796. 3784." Sometimes the hair is wrapped in paper." 3764.

3840. If a child sticks his tongue into the hole left by the loss of a first tooth. you will never have another decayed tooth. As soon as a child's tooth is pulled.YAWNING . 3834. 3831. If you cut your wisdom teeth early. If you throw away a tooth and a hog swallows it. A child whose first lost tooth is driven into a tree will never have a toothache. 3828. You can preserve your teeth by washing them frequently with your urine. 3851. If you throw away a tooth and a rat gnaws it. The person who burns his pulled teeth will not be bothered by gum trouble. If you throw away a tooth and a rabbit runs over it. Always drop a baby's tooth into a rat-hole to make the new tooth strong and beautiful. You are sure to shake hands With a man not right in his head. 3820. in old age. If the first tooth with a cavity is pulled and burned. 3841." 3863. 3825. 3844. the following tooth will resemble that of a rat. To make the following tooth come in straight. 3817. Unless a child keeps his tongue out of the hole left by the extraction of a tooth. he will soon find a gold tooth growing there. 3818. 3821. the next one will be straight and never bother you with a toothache. As a prevention against having any more decayed teeth. You become lucky by throwing away a pulled tooth over your shoulder — the left say some. 3860. A tooth you have pulled may be kept beneath your pillow for luck. A blister (pimple or sore) on the tongue is an indication you have told a lie. 3857. 3830. 3826. Always burn a pulled tooth for luck. TEETH (3815-3858) 3815. but others say you will never leave home. 3842. If you hide your pulled tooth under a rock. A tooth extracted in the sign of the thigh (thighs = Sagittarius) during the dark of the moon will not hurt. 3849. Never laugh on Friday. the right say others. expect a dog's tooth in its stead. 3850. If the first tooth lost by a child is dropped into a glass of water. By burning a pulled tooth you make its successor come in straight. You can get rid of this blister by spitting three times into the fire. The loss of a tooth foretells some sorrow. but if you turn round to look. If you throw a pulled tooth over your shoulder without watching to see where it goes. You'll cry before eleven. 3829. the new tooth will come in crooked. 3816. 3843. If a tooth comes out or is pulled. A child's two upper incisors should be saved and later given to him so that he can keep them for luck. he should stick his tongue into the hole to get a new tooth. To count your teeth will cause you bad luck.WHISTLING . a hog tooth will grow where the other was.CRYING . witches will come during the night and change it into a penny. you will shed tears before Sunday. 3839. 3836. If a tooth comes out or is pulled. 3853. 3847. Put your pulled tooth behind your grandmother's water pitcher and she will be lucky. 3835. you will always live near the place of your birth. you will die young. 3862. 3832. The person whose two upper incisors are wide apart will accumulate wealth. To make certain of getting another tooth in its place. If there is a space between the two upper incisors. the second one will come in crooked. An unusual space between the two upper incisors is a sign of a long life. 3854. 3822. It is unlucky to pick your teeth with a pin. you will be a lifelong traveler say some. you will live far from the scenes of your childhood. . 3819. let it stay overnight in a glass of water and by morning the tooth will have changed into a nickel or a dime. 3858. The sign of the shoulder (Taurus?) is a good time for extracting a tooth. Go to bed laughing and you will wake up crying. 3823. The two upper incisors are called front teeth or double teeth: if they are broad. "Laugh at the table And sing in bed. the one taking its place will be a chicken tooth. 3848. a pulled tooth should always be thrown over your right shoulder. 3852. do not use an anesthetic with the first one pulled and be sure to throw this tooth over your head. before dressing or eating. The person who laughs in bed will cry before morning. Never pull a tooth on Monday. 3824.SPITTING (3859-3900) 3859. if late. A person losing a tooth will soon lose a friend. your next tooth will be like a rabbit's. 3856. you will be disappointed all week. 3855. laugh at yourself three times while facing a mirror and you will be happy all day. 3833. 3837. If you throw away a tooth and a chicken picks it up. a dime say others. lay it under your pillow and next morning you will find a piece of money instead of the tooth — a nickel say some." 3864. The person who has a wisdom tooth pulled may carry it for luck. Teeth should be pulled in the light of the moon. others say you must save it. failure to do this will bring you bad luck. LAUGHING . Teeth picked with a needle or pin will soon decay. 3846. 3838. If you throw away a tooth and a dog steps on it. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning. some say you must throw away the pulled tooth. 3827. if they are close together. 3845. 3861.85 3814. In the sign of the head (Aries) is an unlucky time to extract a tooth. its place will be taken by a straight tooth. When you cut your wisdom teeth your life is half over. "If you laugh before seven.

" You must spit four times. when young. 3871. The person who yawns and does not cover his mouth with his hand will have the devil jumping down his throat. 3896. If someone spits on the ground to make you unlucky." 3904." 3885. As a device for becoming lucky. SINGING (3901-3927) 3901. You can learn to whistle by eating burnt bread. You may spit for luck." 3911. 3879. turn your head and spit over your shoulder. Never sing after you have gone to bed. 3883. Are the very best property a man can keep.86 3865. Is the very best property a man can keep. 3868. If a gypsy spits in your yard. an evil spirit will jump down your throat. Bad luck all day may be expected by the person who sings just before getting out of bed in the morning. In making yourself lucky." 3886. If you hold your index and middle fingers in the shape of the letter V and spit between them. 3878. 3895. 3872. "If you sing before you dress. it is unlucky to mock anyone. The person who goes to bed singing will wake up crying. Friday laughter means Monday tears. a lie will be told about you. 3905. Bad luck can be counteracted by spitting. A child singing in bed will be spanked next day. 3869. will make you a good whistler --. "I went to see a woman not so long ago after she told me to come. 3875. Has her way wherever she goes. 3902. To sing in bed is a sign of a disappointment. 3397. 3900. tears all week. It is unlucky to cry before anyone when you have the blues. avert the bad luck by rubbing your foot in the spit. 3898. To cry after sundown will cause bad luck. Always come to the top of the heap. It is unlucky to whistle in bed. "A whistling woman and a baa-baa sheep. If you spit on yourself. 3884. To spit on anyone is unlucky. "A whistling girl and a bleating sheep. she was ironing and didn't let me come in. You'll cry before eleven. you may draw a cross on the ground and spit into it. 3892. 3874. Whistling on a boat means trouble before you reach land. They say a person who arises singing from bed will be happy all day. 3867. 3899. To whistle before breakfast is unlucky. "A woman that whistles and a hen that crows. you will have bad luck next day. You'll have trouble before you undress. Laughing is catching: to laugh at another's misfortune will bring misfortune to one's self. The more crusts of bread you can eat. Similarly. Laugh on Monday. laugh all week.that was an old saying of my grandmother." 3876. Sing just before you step out of bed in the morning and you will cry before dark. A person may spit into the palm of his hand for luck. 3880. bad luck may be expected. "Our boys used to fuss at the table over getting the crust so they could be good whistlers. To avoid bad luck or to obtain good luck. you will become lucky. Never whistle at the table. Whoever whistles before breakfast will fall into the mud before night. If you yawn and fail to cover your mouth with your hand." 3888. 3908. 3910. 3881." 3903. 3877. 3891. The worst thing a man can keep. 3894. Tears on Monday. I sure spit four times as I went out the yard to bring her bad luck. If you whistle while rocking in a rocking-chair. bad luck may be expected. "A whistling maid and running sheep. 3882. others say the left. 3907. "If you sing in bed. it will bring you bad luck. 3893. "A whistling woman and a jumping sheep. 3873." 3889. 3890. Sorrow hangs over your head. . spit over the index finger — some say the right. A person crying after dark will soon lose his money. "If you sing before seven. 3870. "If you sing in bed." 3887. The devil is overhead. 3866. "If you sing before you eat. but this misfortune can be averted by turning around three times on your right heel. 3906." 3912. A man whistling in a woman's bedroom will give her bad luck. 3909. Always put your hand over your mouth when yawning or you may expect bad luck.

87 You'll cry before you sleep. If you do something and forget it has been done. it is unlucky. 3918. Failure to finish what you began to say is a sign of a disappointment. that person is in trouble. 3951. If you are doubtful about remembering some errand on your journey. 3917. The person who speaks a cross word on New Year's Day will be cross all year. 3950. 3963. Tie a string about your finger to keep yourself from forgetting a task. 3948. 3964. if to a woman. If a sudden silence falls upon several persons while speaking. If you are out of humor or have the blues on Sunday. To sing at the table means a fight or quarrel before night. she told them a good lie. If you think some woman is talking about you. to everything a person tells or asks you. 3926. bad luck will soon follow. 3953. you will be lucky. 3938. If you see four black-haired women talking together. but this can be nullified by turning round three times on your right heel. Low-voiced persons are given to deceit. A forgetful person should sleep on hops to stimulate his memory. 3936. Anyone who unconsciously begins to sing in the bathtub may look for good luck. 3962. you yourself will soon be made foolish --. 3931. 'Oh mother. something will disappoint you. 3958. 3941. 3927. Displeasure you will meet. If you sing before breakfast. 3937. If you suspect something to be done next morning may be forgotten. To say something backwards by mistake is an indication of a present. 3932. Quarrel before breakfast and you will quarrel again before supper. Do not call anyone a fool. bad luck will befall you. 3969. 3959. It is unlucky to forget a person's name. 3940. He who talks to himself is talking to the devil. 3920. This also checks an impulse to swear. 3970. throw a handful of salt at her gate and she will never talk about you again. both of them will be lucky. I said. 3954. 'You will have bad luck. Tell three lies about a person who hates you and he will not hate you any more. To talk to yourself shows you are crazy. Let an angry person count ten before speaking and his temper will leave. Two persons saying the same thing at the same time denote company. 3933. 3942. Do not sing before breakfast. 3921. 3914.K. angels are passing through the room. Whoever sings before breakfast will soon fall into the mud. SPEAKING (3928-3980) 3928. 3946. By answering a neighbor who calls you before breakfast you make yourself unlucky the rest of the day." 3925. I lay a Bible under your pillow and think about the matter just before going to sleep. 3966. "My mother used to say if you have someone on your mind all the time and just can't think of anything else. 3930. 3943. Unless your mother is answered at once when she calls you. Singing at the table is followed by a disappointment. After you have sung on the street. you will cry before supper. 3955. Mullein leaves may be carried in your pocket as a protection against forgetfulness. Some misfortune is caused by singing on a boat. 3915. 3939. 3929. 3952. If you forget it is Friday and keep thinking the day is Saturday. bad luck may be expected. so he had his bad luck right away. "My mother said if you quarrel before breakfast. Never tell a secret to a woman. Never say anything disagreeable. 3956. 3947. 3923. It is unlucky to sing on the street. Do not say O. 3960." 3935. 3961.' He said. A person telling you his troubles will give you good luck. If you accuse a person of something he did not do. If two persons say the same thing at the same time. you will cry before the end of the day. To forget where you have hidden something will bring you bad luck. 3945." 3919. Children who sing before breakfast will get a beating before the end of the week. she will lie about you. you will have bad luck. it might happen. A child who sings at the table will soon be given a whipping. 3924. one of them is talking about you. one of them will have good luck. The person who forgets what he was saying may expect a sick spell. Always answer immediately a person who calls you so that you will not become hard of hearing." 3913. you can make yourself remember it by walking out over the threshold and coming into the house again. 3971. In saying something good of a person you cause him bad luck. they won't bother you any more. If before breakfast you tell a secret to a man. A person singing before breakfast on Monday morning will pack up and leave home before the week ends. . 3922. 3957.or be unlucky. Biting your tongue while speaking indicates your next remark will not be true. "If you sing on the street. 3916. 3965.' But when he went out to get his car he had a flat tire and was late to work that morning. If two persons begin to sing the same song at the same time. A person forgetting what was on the tip of his tongue is about to tell a lie. " 3944. 3934. look for a misfortune. Never speak to a sitting person from behind. sit down for five minutes before leaving home and then make a cross on the ground with your foot while passing through the gate so that you will not forget it. Angry words on Monday. you will soon be disappointed. "My mother when she met anyone on the street she did not like. angry words all week. 3968. For each lie you tell a stitch will be taken in your nose after death. 3967. you are just superstitious. "Several weeks ago my boy started to sing at the table. 3949. you will hear bad news on Monday. 3972. he will be given bad luck. If you forget what you were about to say.

3998. let it alone. it will cease. 4009. 3977. thoughtful. 3984. bad. Both ears tingling at the same time signify good news. 3985. Make a cross with saliva on the ear that burns and name it for someone you know: if the burning ceases. If your right ear burns. A person whose right ear burns or rings is being talked about. if it continues. 4013. The person who brags about anything before eleven o'clock in the morning 3978. 3987. What is being said about you when your ear itches can be discovered by rubbing spit round the rim of the ear three times while thinking of a possible speaker: if the conversation is good. if it is bad. As a method for discovering what is being said about you when your ear burns. talk on. Be sure to rap on wood when you brag or you will have bad luck. Mention the names of three persons whom you think are talking about you when your ear burns and the name upon which your ear stops burning will identify the speaker. if your left ear. good betide you. 3990. or rings). 4016. saying Kiss my ass. the burning will stop. At times these meanings are transposed. As soon as your right ear begins to burn." 4011. Bite your tongue when your ear rings and you will make the person talking about you bite his tongue. 4012. the burning will continue. 3992. 3989. 4008. Women with blue eyes are known for faithfulness. ill-spoken of by a woman. If your right ear burns (itches. To have both ears burn at the same time shows someone is criticizing you. 4005. A tingle in your ear means sudden news. talk on. If your right ear burns or rings a man is talking about you. if it is bad. Left for spite. rub spit on your ear: if the burning stops. bad luck. long-eared persons are attentive and not very talkative. If you think someone is calling your name and find yourself mistaken. a selfish person. the burning and talking will stop. something kind is being said about you. 4004. It is lucky to have blue eyes. bad. The unknown talker who makes your ear burn can be encouraged or discouraged by saying If a friend. reddens. 3999. pleasant news will be heard. 3980. if the left. make the cross over her ear and say Good. EYES . if an enemy. 4018. 3976. spit on your finger and name it the talker suspected (sometimes the saliva is then rubbed in the ear): if the gossip is bad. if good. Large ears lying close to the head indicate a liberal person. if it does not. 3994. To talk while asleep is a sign you have done something wrong. If your right ear rings or burns. if your left ear. Saliva may be rubbed on a burning ear with these words If it is good. 3983. A person with large ears is noted for generosity. it means you have enemies. 3996. wish me no harm. something unkind. 4006." 4003. the conversation is good. 3997. 4007. To call a person by another's name signifies the latter is thinking of you. with small ears. If your ear burns. If our ears would stop right away. 3986. 3991. if in your left ear. To stop a person's talk about you when your ear burns. If your ear itches. 3974. expect good luck. If your right ear is itching. 4014. left for hate. if your left ear. kiss my ass. Of a burning (itching or ringing) ear it is said: right for spite. EARS (3981-4014) 3981. 4002." . Occasionally these interpretations are reversed. It is unlucky for a person to talk in his sleep. unpleasant news. I hope you will bite your tongue. company may be expected. talk on. knock on wood three times or your luck will change. repeat the rite until the correct name is found. and it will stop. If you talk in your sleep. 4001. Left for might. you will soon be disappointed. a woman. by a girl friend. it will not. 3995.CROSS-EYES (4015-4069) 4015. stingyness. 3988. long narrow ears. A woman who has grey eyes is greedy. 3979. Black-eyed women should be distrusted." 4000. and if the person named is the talker. if bad. I hope the devil will ride you. if your left ear. if they kept on burning.88 3973. "When we were in school we used to say --. Of a burning (itching or ringing) ear it is said: "Right for might. If you have had good luck with something and boast about it. "My mother always did this: when her right ear itch or burn. Persons having short thick ears are thoughtless. we would say well. Some say within a month. 3975." 4010. name it and drop a pinch of salt into the fire. think of someone who has been dead over twenty years and you will get a letter containing money. left for love or right for love. "My cousin has a brown eye and a blue eye — it means you will have nothing but bad luck — and he has had nothing but bad luck ever since born. put some salt on the stove and wish the talker's tongue will blister. it is bad. To discover what is being said about you when your ear burns. kiss my ass. the person named was the talker. If there is a ringing in your right ear. Large ears are a sign of riches. make a cross over it and say Bad. 4017. 3982. sticking out from the head. A burning in your ear foretells a fire in your neighborhood. 4019." or "Right for spite. a secret will be told to you by a boy friend. A singing right ear reveals you are in the thoughts of a dear friend. if your left ear. 3993. Short-eared persons are poor listeners and great talkers.if our ears were burning — if it is good. you are being well-spoken of by a man. they are sure talking good about us. "I always do this when my ears burn: take and wet your finger and go around it three times.

4027. 4042. The meaning of heavy and black eyebrows is a bad-tempered person. 4044.SNEEZING (4070-4179) 4070. At times one signification is changed for the other. thick eyebrows denote a bad temper. you will soon be pleased. if your left eye. CROSS-EYES 4052. NOSE . 4061. you will get a new friend. laugh eye. you will live far from where you were born --. People having long eyelashes are always lucky. others say the left eye. 4034. A person with a pointed nose is meddlesome. An itch on your eye foretells a surprise. 4056. 4039. he will cause you bad luck. The meeting of eyebrows reveals a jealous nature. find a four-leafed clover at once. you will meet someone you are longing to see. 4046. 4060. cry eye. you will soon be laughing. Whoever makes a cross on the ground and spits into it when meeting a cross-eyed person cancels the bad luck foretold. 4045. Some say this is true of the right eye only. bad news. 4065. 4038. you will see an absent (or distant) friend. Eyebrows that touch each other disclose a thief. laughter may be expected. 4050. 4021. After your left eye has itched or throbbed. If you have just started on a journey or are going somewhere on business and meet a cross-eyed person. If both eyes throb. 4055. To have eyebrows touching each other signifies deceit. good luck is denoted. a good-tempered person. jumps. 4036. laugh eye. A person whose right eye itches will soon receive money. bad luck. if your left eye." But the opposite is also believed: "Right eye. Always turn round three times and spit when you meet a cross-eyed person and bad luck will be counteracted. 4049. A cross-eyed Jew is the most unlucky person of all to meet. 4051. 4067. cross your fingers and spit. 4062. 4029. "I am very superstitious. If on Monday morning a cross-eyed man comes in one door of your house and goes out another. 4057. 4024. Either eye itching or throbbing is a token of a letter. If your right eye itches. someone you do not want to see. Pug-nosed people are nosey. If your right eye throbs (bats. However. you must return home and start again to guard yourself against bad luck. An eyelash falling on to your shoulder is a sign of a letter. you will have good luck all day. If your right eye itches. if your left eye. if your left eye. To avert bad luck when a cross-eyed person is met. displeased." 4069. 4053. 4043. it signifies good news. Anyone who meets a cross-eyed person can avoid bad luck by turning the head and looking in the opposite direction. if your left eye. some reverse these interpretations. trembles or twitches --. Occasionally these meanings are transposed. 4030. you will see someone not seen for a long time — the right eye. If your right eye itches or throbs. If your eyebrows are far apart. 4026. One eyebrow higher than the other means criminal tendencies. 4022. 4063. jerks. quivers.89 4020. If your right eye itches or throbs. Left eye. As a protection against bad luck when meeting a cross-eyed person. If the first woman met in the morning has cross-eyes. crying — hence the couplet: "Right eye. bad luck for the day may be expected. 4047. if your left eye an old (or nearby) friend. if your left eye. 4059. someone galloping on a horse will come to see you. These meanings are sometimes interchanged. Some say this refers to the right eye. 4040. If the first person you meet on Monday morning has cross-eyes. A cross-eyed sailor seen over your left shoulder aboard a ship is unlucky. 4058. It is unlucky to meet a cross-eyed (squint-eyed or cockeyed) person. 4054. Some say the meeting of a cross-eyed person brings bad luck only if he looks at you or you look into his eyes. 4033. If your right eye itches. The person who looks at a cross-eyed woman on Monday will look at misfortune all week. 4025. If your right eye throbs. Eyes sunk back in your head are a sign of deceit. long eyebrows. provided you turn and walk in the opposite direction. A person having eyebrows that meet will become wealthy. Left eye. An itching or throbbing in the eye is an omen of anger. After you have met a cross-eyed person.some say only after your marriage. a new enemy. Once in a while one finds these interpretations interchanged. 4041.are words also used). cry eye. even in church I would take off my hat and spit in it so I would not have bad luck. An itching eye betokens a letter from a dear friend. 4023. Regardless of the color. 4032. If I should see a cross-eyed person. a woman. tears. you will have a quarrel. Short eyebrows. 4037. 4035. 4068. Persons whose eyebrows grow together do not live long. spit on your crossed fingers. If your right eye itches. a man. Heavy eyelashes indicate weak eyes. 4028. While passing a cross-eyed person hold your index and middle fingers crossed and you will not become unfortunate. . get rid of this misfortune by taking off your hat and spitting into it. The bad luck indicated by meeting a cross-eyed person will not affect you." and sometimes it is said a throbbing in either eye means a weeping. quavers. a bad disposition. 4066. if your left eye. 4048. To have either eye itch at night is lucky. you can prevent misfortune by spitting. or spit over them. Your eyebrows growing close together is an indication of stinginess. 4031. of thin and light-colored eyebrows. 4071. 4064. the left eye. If your eye throbs. a good disposition. These meanings are occasionally reversible.

" or "Cream and peaches. news is coming from a distance. If the right side of your nose itches. a woman. 4119. from a woman. After your nose has itched. 4105. If the right side of your nose itches. You may judge a red-nosed person as a heavy liquor drinker. . If the right side of your nose itches. someone who loves you is thinking about you. If the right side of your nose itches. Somebody's coming with a hole in his britches. good news will be received. if the left side. If your nose itches. if the left. you may look for company. 4090. If your nose itches. 4092. If your nose itches or pains (or itches and burns at the same time). a man. 4120. Shake hands with a fool and meet a stranger. The day your nose itches you will be angry. 4077. If the tip of your nose itches. you'll smell peaches. If your nose itches. you will hear news immediately. good news will be heard. 4091. An itch on the nose denotes you are about to meet a stranger who will go home with you and stay. 4100. 4084. 4103. good luck will befall you that day. you are wanted at home immediately." 4115. 4087. 4095. rub down on your upper lip and the particle will drop out. If your nose itches at the end. my nose itches. 4111. If your nose itches at the top. 4113. 4102. If the end of your nose itches. 4101. If the end of your nose itches. if the left side. If your nose itches while you are away from home. 4112.90 4072. a dog's ass is in danger. expect a letter that day. If the tip of your nose itches. The person whose nose itches will be kissed by a fool. If your nose itches. "If your nose itches. a man will give you news. someone is going to tear a hole in his britches. somebody wants to talk with you. 4093. If your nose itches. a female visitor. make a wish for it to be good. 4118. The person having an itch on his nose will soon see a change in his affairs. 4078. 4076. 4073. To get a pimple on your nose shows you have meddled with someone's affairs. 4088. then rub this hand on wood. 4079. someone desires to call on you. my nose itches. the following day say others. An itching nose indicates you will soon have a quarrel — before the day ends according to some. someone's behind is in danger. A person whose nose itches will receive a letter. if the left side. 4086. If your nose itches. 4110. 4074. If your nose itches. This will bring you good luck. 4122. you will be visited by a couple --. 4085. If you feel inclined to sneeze and cannot. A man having a large nose has a large penis. someone will come riding — in a buggy say some. butter will be cheaper. You may wipe your nose with a teatowel for luck. 4117. 4089. good luck is the meaning. If the right side of your nose itches. if the left side. If your nose itches. and finally rub your knee with the same hand. Both sides of your nose itching at the same time signify a man and woman will visit you. 4075. 4082. a woman. An itching nose betokens money. your mouth is in danger. 4096. 4080. a letter from someone on a journey may be expected. Whoever has an itch on the left side of the nose may prepare for unwanted company. 4094. a whole family will be your visitors. 4108. 4097. If your nose itches before seven o'clock in the morning. another person's affairs has been interfered with by you. a male visitor will soon arrive. The left side of your nose itching is an indication of company from a distance who will remain a long time. Your nose itching on the right side means company all day. SNEEZING 4124. If there is something up your nose. bad news. "Cream and peaches. a man on horseback is coming." 4114. rub it with your hand. If the end of your nose itches.a woman and man. If your nose itches. 4083. If your nose itches. that day say some. Kiss a fool and shake hands with a stranger. 4123. If your nose itches." 4099. 4107. 4104. your mouth is in danger. something is being said about you. if the left side. 4081. if on the left side. the reason may be serious. "If your nose itches." 4098. a letter will come from a man. 4106. "If your nose itches. you will find company at your house awaiting your return. Somebody's coming with a load in his britches. 4109. bad luck. Some say they will come together. sorrow is indicated. A nose itching at night foretells an unknown caller next day: if on the right side. Reach and you will split your britches. This usually refers to the right side of the nose. 4116. A tickling on your nose is a sign you will kiss an old person before the end of the day. 4121. look at a bright light. The meaning of a big nose is a generous nature. If your nose itches. someone who hates you is thinking spiteful things about you. If the right side of your nose itches.

and before you go to bed or before you sleep. 4164. kiss a stranger. 4167. before supper (evening meal). get a letter. provide for a hungry guest at the next meal. 4161. 4131. 4134. 4126. Five consecutive sneezes will bring you a letter. The meaning of three sneezes is a letter. Someone sneezing at the dinner-table portends sickness for that house. 4145. 4150. it means prosperity. "Sneeze on Monday for danger. A habitual sneezer will live a long life. and that person must answer Gesundheit ist besser wie krankheit (health is better than sickness). After anyone sneezes. If you sneeze between noon and midnight. "Sneeze before you eat. Sneeze on Sunday. 4144. 4149. Two sneezes denote two visitors that day. Anyone sneezing will soon be kissed. one less. A sneezing before breakfast signifies a letter that day. telling the truth say others. If you sneeze in church on Sunday. you will be in danger. be sure to say God bless You and may the devil miss you. The person who sneezes while talking is telling a lie say some. The day you sneeze at the table you will get a letter. Sneeze on Saturday. As many times as you sneeze at the table. so many guests will you entertain at the next meal. something better. If you sneeze thrice in succession or on three separate occasions before breakfast. 4157. If you sneeze to the right. 4169. Sneeze on Thursday. bad news. 4136. If you sneeze while eating. One heavy sneeze is the sign of good luck. To sneeze four times is a token of a letter. company will come that day. a letter will soon be received. you will be lucky all week. see your sweetheart tomorrow. Sneezing at the table with your mouth full of food will cause you misfortune. Persons sneezing in church will soon receive hasty news. Six sneezes are an indication of a journey. 4162. Sneeze on Tuesday. 4153. 4135. 4127. Several things are said about sneezing before breakfast as an omen of tears: you will cry --. 4165. If you sneeze before arising in the morning. Those who sneeze before breakfast will hear exciting news before the day ends. 4151. It is unlucky to sneeze before getting out of bed in the morning. Sneeze on Wednesday. Whoever sneezes thrice may expect company. 4140. company later that day. company before supper. Company before you sleep. Company before eleven." 4154. "If you sneeze on Monday. unlucky. " 4152. 4133. company at once. sneeze for sorrow. 4147. "Sneeze on Monday for health. what you are thinking will came true. Sneeze before breakfast. It is unlucky to sneeze while putting on your shoes --. If you sneeze at the table. 4138. You must say Gesundheit (health) after anyone has sneezed. If you sneeze while thinking. good luck may be expected. . If you sneeze to the right. 4142. 4146. 4158. see your sweetheart tomorrow. The number of your sneezes before breakfast will be the number of your guests at dinner --. Three sneezes in succession will be followed by a disappointment." 4170. according to others." 4171.three being the usual number of sneezes and guests.before dinner (midday meal). If you sneeze before three o'clock in the afternoon. 4155. safety seek. to keep the devil from flying down your throat. 4130. poverty. If you sneeze to the right.usually in the morning. you will be disappointed. bad luck is foretold. Sneeze on Tuesday for wealth. 4166. Sneeze on Saturday. 4137. A quick sneeze. Always say God bless You after you sneeze. some say you will have one more person at the next meal. if to the left. 4139. if between midnight and noon. one more or one less. 4129. 4141. Sneeze on Friday. As a method for making yourself sneeze. 4143. 4148. if to the left. After you have sneezed at the table. 4160. 4163. 4156. For the devil will be with you the rest of the week. One hearty sneeze in company foretells good luck. walk into another room.91 4125. others say. good news will be heard according to some. a slow sneeze. you will not have anything to worry about. Sneeze on Friday for sorrow. 4128. Sneeze on Thursday for something better. if to the left. bad luck. you will be worried by something. "Sneeze before seven. Sneeze on Wednesday for a letter. 4132. 4168. If you sneeze at the table. you will be lucky. 4159. It is also said.

Sneeze on Saturday to meet your beau. 4205. 4193." 4173. If you sneeze on Wednesday. a package will arrive before the end of the week. 4209. 4208. large knuckles. A left-handed person must work three days for the devil. "My mother always said if your back itches you need a whipping. The left elbow itching is an omen of a gift. Sneeze on Sunday. you may look for a long life. 4179. The person who has an itching back will soon bear a heavy burden. An itching back indicates a whipping soon. 4198. if in the left. A woman with an itching back will soon wear a new dress. To hit your left elbow is a token of a surprise. A quiver in your arm is an indication someone would like to see you: if in the right. you will receive a letter. A long scratch on your arm shows you will soon take a long ride.ELBOW (4180-4203) 4180. sneeze for danger." 4176. 4177. Sneeze on Thursday. 4185. "If you happen to scratch your behind. 4206. it will be good. 4201. 4186. If you sneeze on Thursday. 4191. something better. Some say you will make the other person unlucky. Never read over anyone's shoulder. Persons with long hands come from good stock. A person who hits his right elbow will have bad luck. look for a letter. For the devil will have you the rest of the week. a woman. Sneeze on Wednesday for a letter. Your left shoulder itching is a sign of a burden to be borne. 4187.ARM . If your belly itches." 4184. Sneeze on Friday for sorrow. you are safe to keep. If you sneeze on Friday. 4203. Sneeze on Friday. Long-armed people have a grasping nature or get what is wanted. An itching on your right shoulder denotes a large sum of money. 4200. Sneeze on Thursday. Cold hands reveal a warm heart. you will have sorrow. If your belly itches. An itch on your elbow signifies you will change beds or your bedfellow. Left-handed persons are deceitful. 4188. sign butter will be cheaper --. "Sneeze on Monday. It is unlucky to look at your back when undressed. you will see your sweetheart tomorrow. bad. 4194. If you sneeze on Saturday. If your buttocks itch.92 If you sneeze on Tuesday. Sneeze on Saturday. 4202. Sneeze on Sunday. you will become unlucky. 4196.SHOULDER . Sneeze on Tuesday. no luck at all. On Wednesday a sneeze is an omen of happiness that day." 4178. 4192. Good luck on Monday. butter will be cheaper. you will get something better. you will be invited to a feast. you will be surprised. you will die young. The hitting of your funny-bone betokens a visit from two women. 4195. If you sneeze on Monday (Tuesday or Wednesday say some)." 4175. Pay bills on Tuesday. you will eat pudding. "Sneeze on Monday. If this is undesired. "Sneeze on Sunday. . 4207. sneeze for trouble. 4183. Small knuckles mean stinginess. meet a stranger." 4189. you may expect news: if the right. If your right elbow itches. "Sneeze on Monday. If on partly closing your hand the lines of the palm form the initial M.FINGERS (4204-4285) 4204. 4190. if the left. " 4172. to kiss a stranger. HANDS . you will meet a stranger. Sneeze on Tuesday.BUTTOCKS . Sunday sneezing betokens money before next Sunday. but contrariwise. you can prevent it by scratching the itch. the devil will get you soon. no letter at all. for sorrow. 4182. BACK .is an old saying of my grandmother's. watch your step. After your elbow has itched. Persons with broad shoulders are carefree. A person whose right shoulder itches will be given a present. Sneeze on Wednesday. "If you sneeze on Sunday. a man. " 4174. 4199.BELLY . 4197. thrift. 4181.

spit into your palm and rub it on your bosom for money. If your right hand itches. if you rub the itch against your hips." . If your left hand itches. to you." 4242. put it in your pocket for money. Some say the wood must be unvarnished. you will give away money. 4253. If your right hand itches. among them --. With a friend that will make good. big money may be expected." 4241. Will make it come quick. But here again. I went to bingo that night and won eight dollars. you may expect money: "Rub it on wood. 4237. The itching of your right hand indicates you will shake hands with a stranger who is an unknown friend. Scratch it on wood. 4249. 4213. you will shake hands with a person from far away. 4245. Sometimes these interpretations are reversed. the notion of unexpected money is always implied. 4219. others say the left). You can obtain the money signified when your left hand itches by spitting into the palm and rubbing it over your buttocks. 4248. as in the preceding statements." 4220. And it will come good. 4225. Spit into the middle of an itching right hand and rub it first on your backside and then on wood for money. And it will come to pass. a man will call upon you. If your left hand itches. others say your left hand. 4216. spit on it and stick the hand into your pocket for money. 4251. I said. An itching left hand may be rubbed on your stocking for money. Wide hands show an ability to earn money. One of the common beliefs about an itching hand and money is as follows: if your right hand itches. If your left hand itches.' And it did. 4238. And a friend will be good. 4233. Either hand itching betokens money. One interpretation is occasionally exchanged for the other. 4211. If you rub an itching right hand on your pocket. Sure to be good.93 4210. If your right hand itches. 4254. 4217. you will be given money. you are scratching the foretold money away. but occasionally the itching may be anywhere. you will have good luck." 4234. others upon the left — the latter often being called the money hand. If your right hand itches. 4235. If your right hand itches. you are going to shake hands with someone. but some say this also applies to the left hand." This is also believed of the right hand. though some insist upon the right. To make it come good. there are contradictions. A person whose left hand itches will be called upon to visit someone loved. you will be disappointed. kiss the hand and pat your backside with it. 4212. if on your backside. 4226. "I always get work whenever my left hand itches. If your left hand itches. If your hand itches (some say the right. a stranger will be met. The money denoted by an itching left hand can be had. 4214. If your left hand itches. 4232. Even when not expressed. you will be visited by a friend whom you have not seen for a long time. 4224. 'Shake hands with me. if your right hand. If your left hand itches. if your left hand. If your hand itches and you scratch it: if the left. If your left hand itches. If your right hand itches. the greater the itch. "The other day I was at a house. I said. you will hear news from afar. Usually the hand must itch in the palm. If your right hand itches. the larger the amount. came over and said. bad news. If your left hand itches: "Rub it on wood. 4256. 4250. 4247. spit into the center of your palm and money will be received. 4236. Some say the right hand is involved. my left hand is itching. if your right hand. As a method to secure the money denoted by an itching left hand. you will shake hands with a stranger. To make it come fast. an old friend will shake hands with you. If the back of either hand itches. Either hand itching means you will soon meet a long-absent friend. provided your opposite thumb is rubbed round in the middle of the palm. 4223. 4240. money is indicated: "Rub your hand on a brick. If your left hand itches. money you do not owe. if your left hand.if your right hand itches. little money. a woman. if your left hand. 'I will soon get a present'. Some say the itching of your right hand is an omen of company. you will shake hands with a strange man. Rub it on your ass. "An old saying of my mother was: if your right hand itches." 4244. "My left hand was itching several weeks ago. 'Oh. 4239. 4227." 4243. Long hair on the backs of your hands is a sign of wealth. a letter with good news is coming. 4222. 4228. Rub it on wood. will bring you luck. 4246. If your right hand itches. 4255. 4230. The person who spits into the palm of an itching right hand will soon get a letter. If your right hand itches: "Scratch it on wood. it will come sooner. If your left hand itches: "Rub it on your ass." 4229. if your left hand. and did. money will come soon. rub it on wood and you will procure money. If either hand itches. you will soon receive a letter. 4218." 4252. After your hand itches. money will be paid out grudgingly. if the right. If your right hand itches. 4221. And you will shake hands. Your left hand itching will bring money. If your left hand itches. you will soon get money. A similar rhyme says: "If your right hand itches. others say the left.' The lady jumped up. 4215. 4231. bad luck. you will pay out money.

Short finger-nails characterize a talebearer. 4281. short stubby fingers. you must count these marks before December 25. the finger will grow crooked. 4297. If you possess broad finger-nails." 4310. 4265. 4290. Each white mark on your finger-nails marks a lie you have told. 4278. they will never come back to that house to see you. And journeys to go. If two persons simultaneously attempt to shake hands with a third person. born a good cook. as it is sometimes said. Whoever bites off his finger-nails will never be wealthy. If your fingers are short. 4264.94 4257. 4271. 4262. 4273. 4279. 4299. Do not lock your hands and lay them on your head. 4291. you will be or are a spendthrift. A half-moon on each finger-nail proves your forebears were blue-blooded. 4267. The meaning of small finger-nails is anger and hatred. The significance of long fingers is an acquisitive nature. If a person's finger-nails are pale. unlucky. do not on leaving shake hands with that person or you will be made unlucky. you will have an easy life. 4275. You can discover your fortune by counting the white specks on your finger-nails. "A white mark on your thumb. 4260. A person shaking hands with the left hand will encounter evil before night. If your finger-nails have white specks. if with a very black Negro man. Women having short finger-nails on wide fingers have pleasant natures. you are bashful but good-natured. Those who have long finger-nails lack confidence in others. 4296. it is a token of good luck for the four of them. foes. Three persons attempting to shake hands at the same time will meet with bad luck. Born with short fat fingers. Never shake hands with a left-handed person. 4282. 4284. White specks on your finger-nails are an indication of health. or. the lumber of your coffin is still in the tree. Long narrow fingers denote a good ancestry. This often refers to Christmas. 4276. Two persons clapping hands palm to palm will soon end their friendship. 4258. deceit is characterized. To sit with your fingers interlocked or your fist doubled is unlucky. beaus. and saying: "Friends. 4285. 4301. The possessor of narrow finger-nails is full of mischief. Anyone possessing a crooked little finger is a crook. so many will be the number of presents you are going to receive." 4308. A person with small finger-nails has a revengeful disposition. The dirt from your finger-nails and toe-nails may be wrapped in a piece of paper and put under the doorstep for luck. 4309. 4298. If two couples shake hands at the same time.your ancestors worked for their livelihood. An aspect of character shown by round finger-nails is honesty. a bad ancestry --. 4261. "I never shake hands with anyone when they leave my house. 4269. starting with the thumbs. 4304. To bite off your finger-nails is unlucky. you will become unlucky." 4268. 4283. 4288. If you shake hands with a very black Negro woman. . Long finger-nails and a good nature go together. 4266. a hard life --. A person having long fingers is inclined to thievery. 4312. A person who has white spots on the finger-nails is honest. Only when you stand up with your hands locked behind your head. 4259. Anyone whose finger-nails are white is sickly and disposed to melancholy. 4287. FINGER-NAILS AND TOE-NAILS (4286-4374) 4286. As many white marks as are on your finger-nails. 4277. you will be lucky. 4272. 4293. 4302. Round and well-shaped finger-nails are a characteristic of a hasty temper. To break anything in a person's hand causes bad luck. 4300. The child who has long fingers will become a pianist. Soft fleshy fingers always shun work. It is unlucky to shake hands while wearing gloves. say some.you will be compelled to work for a living. you are laying trouble on your head. 4306. 4294. if you do. 4270. 4305. The person who locks his hands behind him and walks backwards while saying Give me luck will be given luck. FINGERS 4274. 4289. A gift is sure to come. Presents. If on entering a house you shake hands with someone. Finger-joints cracking are a sign someone somewhere is doing something good for you. 4307. Expect a person with red finger-nails to be of a quarrelsome disposition. The significance of white-spotted finger-nails is a lazy temperament. Finger-nails with white marks mean you are anemic. Spots of white on your finger-nails denote you will be a traveler. Shaking hands with your left hand will cause you bad luck. 4295. 4280. 4303. Never point your finger at the moon. 4263. wealth may be expected. 4311. all of them will be invited to the same party. To shake hands over a gate is unlucky. Some say this half-moon must be near the root of the finger-nail. 4292. but to be effective. bad luck will be caused. if long. If on closing your fingers you are able to see through the spaces. Four persons who accidentally cross hands while shaking hands may look for good luck. If you scratch your hand with your finger-nails.

Friday for crosses. . The person whose finger-nails are bitten off will not grow tall. Thursday. On Saturday. rapid growth can be checked by not trimming the nails at these respective times. Friday for woe. Sunday for evil. Sunday worst day of all. the days of the week signify: "Monday for health. On Thursday. If your finger-nails are pared on: "Monday. Toe-nails do not grow so quickly." 4336. If you manicure your finger-nails during the new moon. 4341. others say they grow faster. Tuesday for wealth. brings love's joy. Finger-nails may be clipped on: "Monday for news. they will grow slowly. you trim for news. By cutting your toe-nails on Monday you will get a letter. you trim for health. 4327. 4330. If you bite your finger-nails.within twenty-four hours according to some. pare your toe-nails on an uneven hour as the moon begins to decrease and tie up these parings in a bag which must be buried that night. If you throw your toe-nail clippings on the floor and someone steps on them. 4340. 4328. you two will quarrel soon --. The omens drawn from the days of the week as cutting-times for finger-nails are: "Monday for news. Wednesday. bad luck. 4325. you trim for new shoes. 4338. Friday for woe. Wednesday for a letter. The person who throws toe-nail trimmings on the floor or ground will be forced to pick them up in the hereafter. Anyone who pares finger-nails or toe-nails on Thursday will meet with bad luck before the end of the week. If your finger-nails and toe-nails are trimmed on a waning moon. The day of the week on which a person cuts his toe-nails may be interpreted as follows: "On Monday. For he will rule you the rest of the week. Sunday for safety. rapidly. brings misfortunes and troubles to annoy. If you trim your finger-nails on Monday (before breakfast). It is unlucky for a man to trim a woman's finger-nails. if during the dark of the moon. you trim to see your sweetheart tomorrow. Tuesday for a new pair of shoes. 4320. A finger-nail biter will become insane. Thursday for something better. 4318. "When I cut my finger-nails and toe-nails. you trim for the devil to seek. Never cut a person's finger-nails or let a person cut your finger-nails. 4326. 4316. if the toe-nails were crooked.95 4313. Manicuring your finger-nails in the presence of company will bring you bad luck. Thursday for losses. Friday. the dark of the moon — therefore. Saturday for a journey to go. On Tuesday. Moreover. you have thievish tendencies. best day of all. Thursday for health. 4317. 4319. It is lucky for a wife to trim her husband's toe-nails. 4342. bad luck will befall you. Finger-nails and toe-nails may be cut on Monday for luck or success. Do not clip your finger-nails on a holiday. 4324. The biting off of your finger-nails will make you ill-natured. To clean finger-nails after dark is unlucky. 4322. 4331. this makes them grow straight. for toe-nails." 4333. 4339. Saturday." 4323. if the cuttings are burned. I always let them fall on something and burn them for luck. Some say finger-nails and toe-nails trimmed on Friday do not grow so fast. To check their growth. brings a new garment. Tuesday for a pair of shoes." 4334. As times for clipping finger-nails." 4335. Saturday no day at all. Saturday for a journey to go. Some say the growing-time for finger-nails is the light of the moon. Tuesday. you trim for wealth. 4329. a present will be received (before the end of the week). To file finger-nails on Wednesday is lucky. 4332. An accidental breaking of a finger-nail is a token of a disappointment. On Wednesday. a letter comes to you. On Friday. On Sunday. 4314. 4315. 4343. you trim for much sorrow. Wednesday for wealth. if on a waxing moon. you and that person will soon disagree. it will cause good luck. 4321. cares are few. This is also said of finger-nails in one of the preceding rhymes. Wednesday." 4337. Tuesday is a lucky time for paring finger-nails and toe-nails. brings you riches.

4355. 4374." 4349. 4356. if you filed your nails on Friday. 4352." 4359. 4379. The person who trims finger-nails on Sunday will see his own blood before the week is over. If your ankles are slender. expect news that will cause comment and gossip. A boy sitting on his foot will become a tailor. Clip your finger-nails on Sunday and evil stories will be told about you all week. if thick. it will bring you bad luck. you will soon commit a sin. She said. This is usually said concerning business. 4347. if the left. you will become a thief. If you pare your finger-nails or toe-nails on Sunday. Sunday is the only lucky day of the week for cutting finger-nails or toe-nails. Concerning the paring of finger-nails or toe-nails on Sunday it is said: you will blush before sunset (before the day is over or before Monday morning) or you will have a shamed face (or be caught doing something embarrassing) before next Sunday. 4353. It is unlucky for a woman to cross her legs in front of a man or for a man to cross his legs in front of a woman. After an ankle itches. An itching on the thigh indicates you will soon change your sleeping-place. any other day is unlucky. "I always thought you would have foes instead of woes. with big feet. 4387. She did not want to do it. An itching right knee denotes a change in your affairs.96 4344. someone will tell a lie about you. Do not trim your finger-nails on Sunday. 4372. Cut your finger-nails on Sunday and you will be angry before night. If a man flops into a chair instead of sitting down properly. Saturday is an unfortunate day for paring finger-nails or toe-nails. say others. A woman having small ankles is a good housekeeper. Saturday for health. 4381. It is lucky to clip finger-nails on the first Friday of a new moon. 4384. 4373. They say a person missing the chair when he sits down has a bad soul." 4360. If your finger nails are clipped on Sunday. 4348. To sit cross-legged is a sign of good fortune say some. 4371. 4391. 4389. pare your finger-nails on Friday. 4368. 4362. 4393. 4380. bad news. You will be ruled by the deevil. there is nothing to that. "Don't cut your finger-nails on Sunday. you will have bad luck. 4383. It is the root of all evil. But if you must cut them on a week-day. According to some. 4346. most people consider this day unlucky." 4358. 4370. If someone tickles you on the knee and you laugh. As a method for staying healthy. Letting someone trim your finger-nails on Sunday causes a quarrel. The effect from filing your finger-nails on Saturday is a disappointment that day. 4366. It were better for him if he had never been born. . 4378.that week say some. Women ticklish on the knee are fond of men. And the rest of the week. you have been stealing your mother's sugar. 'Go on and do it. 4382. A person clipping finger-nails on Sunday morning before noon will be lied about before the end of the day. A woman whose knee itches likes men. 'Charlie. 4394. 4390. 4354. 4364. misfortune. bad luck can be averted by burning the cuttings. 4363. 4350. The person who crosses his legs and sits with hands crossed over the knees is brooding trouble." Nevertheless. LEGS -KNEES -ANKLES -FEET (4375-4415) 4375. Whoever cuts finger-nails on Sunday will soon be disappointed --. a little penis.' Monday night he took a stroke and died that night. 4385. Toe-nails cut on Sunday do not grow so fast. To cut your nails on Sunday morn. 4361." Some say the bad luck will continue for a week. A man with small feet has a large penis. if I do. and some say the bad luck will last a week. A person who files finger-nails on Saturday will have the devil for a companion until the following Saturday. 4376. Never sit with your legs crossed in church. For you cut them for evil. 4369. If your left knee itches. 4386. you will hear good news." 4357. it means he masturbates. Never manicure your finger-nails on Friday if you are engaged in a business deal. "My father would not trim his nails on any day but Friday. 4351. 4345. Trimming finger-nails on Sunday will make you crazy. The trimming of finger-nails on Friday morning will be followed by an unknown sorrow. 4388. you will accidentally break wind in someone's presence before next Sunday. A person cutting finger-nails on Friday will become a thief. 4392. said it was good luck and would keep you from having toothache. you will receive a gift of money. "You should never have been born. You will feel worse than the deevil. your ancestors were of the leisured class. of the working class. 4377. A woman with large legs has a large vagina. 4365. Finger-nails or toe-nails may be pared on Friday for wealth. "He who on the Sabbath cuts his horns. And for all the rest of the week. 4367. you will lose during the transaction. "If you trim your toe-nails on Sunday. If your right knee itches. "A man living near me wanted his wife to cut his finger-nails and toe-nails on Sunday.' He said. The significance of an itching shin is a painful sickness. If your finger-nails are cut on Friday. A person becomes cross all week by manicuring finger-nails on Sunday.

A mole on the right cheek is a mark of beauty. if your left. if the left temple." 4445. It is lucky to have a mole on the face. The meaning of a mole on the nose is success. 4432. you will undertake some task and be successful with it. 4415. The omen to be drawn from a mole on the neck is death by hanging. 4444. an enemy. 4403. 4406. if the left. 4409. To wake up a sleeping foot. 4427. 4413. "A mole on the lip. 4408. Usually the right foot is specified. A person with a mole on the side of the neck will rise to greatness. A person whose foot itches on the bottom will soon pass over a strange bridge." 4426. 4440. the right. If the sole of your right foot itches. If you have a mole on the right side of your body. You'll suffer disgrace. Some say both soles must itch. A chin mole indicates a long life. Gold by the peck. A mole on the head is a token of ambition. Whoever has a mole behind the ear will be hanged. If the sole of your right foot itches. 4436. 4401. 4396. Hairy moles are unlucky. 4421. 4425. The person having a mole on the cheek always prospers. poverty. 4422. 4414. 4429. "I have two moles on my neck and I told my family I knew I will strangle when I die. wealth may be expected." or "Mole on the neck. 4446. MOLES ON THE BODY (4416-4477) 4416. Those who have a mole near the corner of the eye are honest and reliable. if the sign of the cross is made on it with saliva. you are going somewhere and will be welcome. if your left foot. a friend is thinking about you. a man. 4423." 4428. a few. A person without a mole will lead a happy but uneventful life. The bottoms of your feet aching indicate you owe money. 4439. Anyone having a mole on the neck is healthy. If a person has a mole on the right temple. ." 4448. If your toes are far apart. the greater the luck. 4411. If your right foot goes to sleep. 4412. 4417. 4410. awaken it by making with saliva a cross on your leg. 4420. you will never reside anywhere except in the town of your birth. 4419. 4405. unsuccessful. A deeply colored mole warns you of some disgrace before you die. 4402. unwelcome. A lady before death. A hairless mole means a contented and prosperous life. 4447. A mole on the eye characterizes a farsighted person. If there is a mole on your right cheek. bad luck. 4407. 4434. 4431. the left. 4400. You're a little too flip. "A mole on the ear You'll have money by the year. A breast mole discloses a quarrelsome disposition. Large feet signify generosity." 4441. If the sole of your right foot itches. 4399. 4438. 4443.97 4395. moisten your finger with saliva and make a cross over your knee. it signifies modesty. If your sole itches. The left foot going to sleep is a token of good news. a woman. 4424. A mole on the throat foretells a rich marriage. Itching feet portend a sorrow. You may interpret an itching on the sole of your right foot as a quarrel with an enemy before the end of the week. 4398. if your left foot. 4397. you will take a pleasant trip. If your foot is asleep. good luck is denoted. Most people specify the left foot. an unpleasant trip. if your left cheek. 4404." 4435. "Mole above your breath. Either sole itching foretells a journey over strange ground or in a strange land. 4430. Another interpretation for a mole on the left side of the body is industry and sobriety. 4437. 4442. A round mole with hair is an indication of prosperity. sometimes. vanity. the larger the mole. Only round moles are lucky say some. Moles are lucky. The meaning of large feet is a good intellect. Persons with a mole on the lip are fond of delicate things. you will walk on strange ground with someone at present a stranger: if the right foot. "Mole on your neck Money by the peck. 4418. The sole of your foot itching is an omen of a journey — usually a long one. the left side. if your left foot. Your left foot going to sleep signifies you are being thought about by someone you will soon see. From a mole on the right eyebrow you may predict a youthful and happy marriage. To have an itching right foot is lucky. 4433. An itching sole betokens a new pair of shoes. The significance of a mole on your left eyebrow is a life of sorrow. A sleeping foot can be awakened. "A mole on the face.

You'll live on a farm. A mole on the left breast shows a warm nature. You'll never be harmed. a life of luxury is indicated." or "Mole on the arm. 4471. "A mole on your back. Money by the sack. raw. An abdominal mole is a sign of good health. 4463. 4462. fickleness." or "Mole on your back. More money than you can pack. 4470. 4490. "A mole on your arm. "Mole on the arm. You may characterize a person having a mole on the left side as ambitious. 4479." 4458. 4452. It is also said they must be swallowed whole. Peelings from June apples may be rubbed over your face for a good complexion. you are slovenly in dress. 4451. People with a mole on the elbow become rich. 4472. 4473. To be pretty. If you have a mole on your abdomen. Interpret a mole on the knee as a prediction of riches. Some say the mole must be on the life-line. Children with a mole on the back have inherited their father's characteristics. If you have a mole on your abdomen. Chicken hearts bring beauty: some say you must eat them cooked. 4777. A mole on your hand is a portent of a calamity in life." 4455. BEAUTY (4478-4523) 4478. "If you have a mole on your arm. The person who eats bread crusts will get rosy cheeks." 4457." 4491. 4460. 4486. 4480. Girls can obtain large breasts by eating chicken gizzards. if your left side. Men with a mole on the arm will enter the army. A mole on the left knee and a bad temper go together." or "A mole on the arm. In a woman a mole over the heart betokens constancy. 4482. You're a man's charm. "We did this when we were girls." 4456. 4464. a hereditary illness. Do not drink coffee. 4459. If you have a mole on your abdomen. a muddy complexion will be the result. If chicken feet are eaten. eat a chicken gizzard while standing on your head in a corner of the room. will make pretty cheeks." or "Mole on the back. "My niece down in the country always washes her face in black coffee." . and she is sure pretty. 4475. Free from harm. Brains you will lack. 4481. it should be eaten to make yourself beautiful." 4467. 4488. 4489. If your right side has a mole. A mole on your left knee marks you as being rash.98 4449. 4454. As a method for making yourself attractive. An excellent complexion is acquired by eating carrots. A mole on the right knee causes good luck. 4450. 4776. it denotes ill health of your own making. You'll have money on a farm. you will become handsome. a life of penury. You are a gentleman's charm. Money by the pack. will make you beautiful. you will know that person is lazy. When you see a mole on someone's leg. Never destroy burnt bread. "Mole on the back. 4474. 4466. 4469. Yolks of chicken eggs eaten raw will give your complexion a better color. 4465. and I am eighty-three: comb your face down with a fine-comb. you are greedy. 4484. A mole on the buttock portends death by hanging. 4487. 4483. 4461. Expect a mole on your right breast to bring you a life filled with ups and downs. A person eating chicken necks becomes good-looking. if the left breast. eat chicken gizzards. in a man. 4485. "Mole on the arm. 4453. The trait characterized by a mole on the left leg is a good disposition. you are slothful. If the right breast has a mole." 4468. He whose right knee bears a mole is rarely disappointed. On the arm or shoulder a mole reveals great wisdom. others say.

" 4507. 4512. A dog. and combined with raw eggs it may be taken during the spring to bleach the skin. if you treat the skin with water from an old stump. Cloves strung on a string protects a child against disease. others omit the former and use only the latter. Put some asafetida in a bag. Skin bathed in cow milk will turn as white as the milk. saying the Three Highest Names. Do not speak of sickness. Buttermilk alone." 4501. A woman can procure large legs. 4521. For an improvement in your looks. 4520. This can be used either round the neck as a necklace. 4496. cut a square piece of cloth from her dress or his shirt and lay it with the coffined corpse so that the same disease or ailment will not again attack a relative. "My father always made us eat an apple on Easter morning on an empty stomach for good health. Always take off your shoes and stockings while sitting on the bed and you will never be ugly. or worn sash-fashion --. Before sunrise on the first three days of May bathe your face in dew from an old stump as a beauty treatment. 4504. Pumpkin seeds may be eaten for loveliness. Skin can be cleared up by washing in water from April snow." 4534. A girl can gain a charming complexion by sleeping in the moonlight. Will ever after handsome be. but he waited too long. 4539. 4499. if you wash your face frequently with the water in which a blacksmith cools hot iron.wash dishes three times a day. 4509. others. 4540. 4523. Use the green scum (algae) from stagnant water as a lotion to beautify the skin. may be used as a face lotion to produce a fair complexion. FOLK MEDICINE (4524-7213) SICKNESS AND HEALTH (4524-4638) General Remedies (4524-4582) 4524. or in which horse-radish roots or tansy leaves have been soaked. usually a puppy. Your skin can be whitened. Every disease has a herb that cures it. someone of his relations died and he tried it. Usually.99 4492. others say." 4530. wipe your face every morning with a baby's wet diaper. 4510. . 4493. My husband had been sick a long time. 4525. If someone in the house is sick and a dog howls. It is occasionally recommended that the bathing be done at night. Applications of the milky juice from lettuce will improve your appearance. By washing your face with cucumber juice the skin is bleached. You can remove skin blotches by washing your face in dew any day during May. To pose habitually in front of a mirror causes ugliness.especially for a red face or rough skin. "Some old Germans say dried peas. 4495. You must start when you first get sick. "A maid who on the first of May. 4516. said it would give her personality. And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree. Remedies requiring an incantation are ineffectual unless spoken in German. eat a lot of dill pickles. Blotches can be removed from your face. someone in your family will become sick. "If some of your relations die and you have some kind of sickness you want to get rid of. If on the first three days of May before sunrise you bathe your face in dew. tie thirteen knots in the draw-string. 4494. and the patient will soon recover. 4515. 4514. 4511.tied at the front hem of the shirt. 4508. the skins of sweet potatoes. brought up over the shoulder. 4503." 4538. 4529. 4536. 4519. As a preventive against sickness. and fastened on the back hem of the shirt. A person whose face is bathed in dew before sunrise every day of May will be comely all year. dry them. 4528. take off your shoes. and wear this to keep sickness or evil away. If you cut up bittersweet into beads and let a child wear this necklace. A fern kept in the house will always keep you healthy. Goes to the fields at the break of day. carry a piece of asafetida. 4522. A dark cloudy Easter. if you bathe your face daily with your own urine — your first urine for the day say some. and carry them in your pocket all winter to keep your health. Let a girl who wants beautiful hands put them in dishwater thrice daily --. A face washed in dew on the first of May before sunrise will soon appear lovely. Rainwater collected from cow droppings out in the pasture is a face lotion for beauty. much sickness that year. kept in bed with a sick child will take away the sickness. but I say dried butterbeans. To bleach the skin. 4497. March snow-water is considered a good lotion for the skin of the face. 4527. comeliness may be expected. 4526. these substances. Some say rosy cheeks come from eating the skins of Irish potatoes. are the best to keep well. 4502. Save a few of the first butterbeans you raise in the spring. The swallowing of a turkey heart beautifies the skin. wash your face in dew. 4500. 4518. especially sickness caused by a contagious disease. "My mother knew a girl that would drink goat's milk all the time. 4505. 4532. together or separately. Milkweed juice may be applied to the face for beauty. will cure you if not too far gone. 4513. It didn't help him. you will soon need him again. 4506. 4535. 4517. Never pay the doctor's bill in full. 4498. The person who carries a buckeye in the pocket never becomes sick. it will never catch any disease. But some recommend half milk and half water. A beauty preparation for the face can be made out of cow manure and water from an old hollow stump. If anyone dies with a contagious disease or some ailment thought to be hereditary in the family. whey --. Some include a lump of camphor gum. if she bathes them each morning with dishwater. lay them upside down on the floor. 4537. go to the dead one and take your hand and rub over the back of the dead one's head right down next to the back of the neck. 4533. To cause attractiveness. An onion eaten nightly before going to bed gives you a fine complexion. Your looks will be improved. 4531. are sewed up in a sack and carried about the neck.

Go swimming before sunrise on the first of May and you will not be attacked by a contagious disease that year. you will throw up the medicine. tie round your neck the two forepaws of a mole. 4545. To guard against disease. To avoid this. you will keep the medicine down. 4569. A pan of water in the room where there is sickness absorbs the disease. and that with your head to the east is healthy. You prolong your life by sleeping on your right side. to put a shovel in the stove and when it gets red-hot. Swallow the first three violet blossoms you find in spring and you will not be sick that summer. if living. 'I will never lose any more girls. This woman tried putting the shovel in the stove three [different] times. 4577. apply a mixture of quinine and lard to the armpits and soles. Walk barefoot in the first snow and you will be free from sickness all year. Several onions hung up in the house will absorb any infectious disease within three days. 4549. it will suck up all. "Years ago I knew of a woman down near Beverly that her little girl got an infection in her foot. Some believers in posture rites say. 4565. An onion in the pocket protects you against disease. There was an old saying. 4564. she would be over a hundred years old. mullein leaves. to keep a bottle of vinegar on a shelf without anything over it to keep out sickness. We had to put them in a barrel and keep the dishwater over them for the hogs we were to kill for our own meat. your fatigue can be driven away by going out into the yard and sitting down facing south." 4542. Some confine this belief to luck for the year. a rabbit foot is carried." 4548.100 4541. and if you took it out of a spoon. and put on her baby's head so it would be healthy and have luck. nine girls and two boys. She told my grandma. she got six pairs of half-moon earrings for her six girls. Let a sick person get up on Easter morning before the sun rises." 4550. stand in front of it while saying the Lord's Prayer three times. Contrary to the preceding belief. if you burn sugar on the stove every morning." . 4543. place a spider in a nutshell and hang it about the neck. I have heard my mother tell this many a time. the sickness will disappear after the potato has rotted. Quincy. cut a cross on each of three small onions and lay them over the transom of the door. the germs in the atmosphere. when we were children. you will be unhealthy. Indian-fever-cure. and wild grape. This woman told her of a family that had lice. because sleeping on your left side weakens the heart. This is so. Another old woman told her baby would never be healthy or have any luck until it had lice. I knew the doctor she called after the owl didn't holler. Bore a hole into a tree and into this stuff some hair from an unhealthy child. 4559. wash with the water. 4546. A baby never gets sick. Related to the preceding southward belief: if you are very tired. but the boy spoke on the way home and consequently died within a year. 4556. She lost three girls. saying Father. "I use to never be able to keep anything down like salts or castor oil. 4554. She didn't tell anyone when doing it. "I had a friend that always worn pink wool string around her neck to ward off sickness. plantain leaves. you will not live long. To make yourself immune from any contagious disease that a visitor might bring into the house. 4563. not speaking during the entire rite. If when pulling bark off a tree for medicine you pull the bark upwards. that sleeping with your head to the west shortens your life. 4561. and she took her little girl over to this house and got a louse. As a protection against disease. turn it upside down to keep your medicine down --. 4562." 4544. "My father made us gather all old weeds. it will cure it. but the owl didn't holler and the little girl died. There was an Indian woman [before 1856] living out here in the country about what we call Liberty now. For almost all sicknesses. some say the eating of the first snow of the year will poison you. You see. 4574. The owl must holler. 4564a. return home. A neighbor had a little girl about two years old and she was sick all the time. " 4576. 4547 "This was in slavery-time. 4558. "My mother told me this." 4581. Father said you would never have to take any medicine. let my girls grow up like the moon and live. 4560. if you took it out of a glass. 4551. Son and Holy Ghost. milkweed. I always do this now and I never have any trouble keeping my medicine down. Some specify the left hind foot. she pierced their ears when the moon looked just like the earrings. and when the moon was coming up she put the earrings in each girl's ear. if an owl will holler at the same time. go into a spring. to save you. To ward off diseases carry a garlic in your pocket. Rattlesnake rattles in a sack about your neck drives diseases away. This is so. if you have an infection on your body. And all her girls lived to be old. like jimson weed. She had a large family. 4575. Diseases are not caught by a child that wears a necklace of madder seed. 4571. when someone told me about whatever you took your medicine in. If you hold your mouth open and catch some of the first snow of the year and swallow it. 4580. 4578. in the light of the moon. after the bark grows over this hole. 4555. Tea boiled from bark off the north side of a red oak tree can be administered for almost any kind of ailment. just turn your spoon over. Sickness among members of the household can be prevented by keeping a goat. In warding off disease. Prevent disease by carrying a small potato in your pocket. be sure to arrive before sunrise. There appears to be agreement. it happen over here in Missouri. Eat seven green things on Green Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and you will be well all year. wear a colored wool string. Protect yourself against serious sickness by hanging above your bed a palm that was blessed on Palm Sunday. sleep with your head to the north for good health." 4557. People who set their shoes up high at night are always plagued with bad health. 4572. 4573. let your shoes remain on the floor. at the same time the shovel is red. she said. 4552. 4567. It is unhealthy to have an east wind blow on you while sleeping. and he will be cured. Both beliefs are contradicted: if you sleep head northward. 4579. Green grass kept beneath the pillow of a sick person will bring a speedy recovery. for the meat would have the medicine in. others say head to the south. Always keep a cup full of fresh milk in your room. Years ago an old woman took her sick son to the spring in South Park. 4553. 4566. If you rub a potato over a sick person's head and bury the potato. Sickness is barred from the house. "It was an old German saying from the old country. 4568. Your sickness improves as soon as you have crossed water.set your glass upside down. the child's health will improve.' When she lost her last one. if head southward. A swim taken on the first of June guards you all summer against sickness. but if the bark is pulled downwards from the tree. 4570. if during the first year a mole foot is worn about its neck. you will be healthy all year.

it causes the patient bad luck. 4602. That's the way we did in old days. look for death. He said. If anyone sweeps under the bed of a sick person. "I am a nurse. When she is well. Short sitting. 4616. everyone thought he was going to die. 4617. When she came out she said. I remember when my father went to the hospital they took him out the door by his feet. and combed the other woman's hair. The sick person whose bed is moved will not get well. 4586. and she did. a chunk of meat is rubbed over the patient's feet and given to a dog. 4604. for I had a very dear friend that was sick and went to see her. We were all sitting out in the kitchen when one of ladies went in to give him his medicine. An old woman in the neighborhood ran out and started to washing up the blood to see if he would live. 4585. that person will soon die. A sick person will not recover unless the head and foot of the bed point north and south: some saying the head must be to the south. they will die. The sick person whose finger-nails or toe-nails are cut by someone else will never get well. and forgot about going in one door and going out another. and the alarm went off that morning. She brought my little boy a nice present. If a sick friend asks for you and you think that person is going to die.' And did. The sick person for whom you buy or make a garment will not surmount his sickness. 4618. Several of the old ladies of the neighborhood and a man was setting up watching the child. 'The boy is not going to die. As they were putting him in the wagon to take to the hospital. 4612. Just before you enter a sickroom (for the first time say some) lay a penny outside the door and the patient will recover. never visit the sickroom for you will be the next to go. when I went in. and you will not suffer from sickness that year. Hair curled in a sickbed always comes out. Patients should not be taken to the hospital on Friday. This happen down here in the Bottom near Lima. he will be sick a long time. A person who takes sick while wearing a new unwashed garment will never recover. We knew he would get well and he did. sure sign they will live." 4588. On the third day she looked and saw a coffin in the glass with green grass around it. and that is a sure sign they will get well.' And the boy did get well. was taking care of a woman several months ago here in Quincy." 4601. The person who becomes sick in a March that has two new moons will never recover. The person who has his finger-nails trimmed while sick in bed will take a long time recovering from the sickness. and she told her to put the white of an egg in a glass and let set for three days without looking. "My little girl was very sick. The woman had been sick several weeks and her hair was nothing but a mat. My aunt came to see me. 4611. "I know a woman that had a sick niece and she went to a fortune teller. The dog's refusal of the food means death. because she would slide to the foot all the time. if I did. Send flowers to the sick and you send bad luck. they will die. If a policeman by mistake goes to a house where there is sickness. he will not die. other saying the north. Spit three times when you see a woolly-worm (caterpillar). didn't bring the girl a thing. the patient will be restored to health." 4596. 'I will never come back well." 4608. the person will live. Observe a sick person closely as you enter the room on a visit: if the patient moves his feet first. Rub a piece of bread on a sick person's teeth and then feed it to a dog: if the animal refuses this food. 'Don't worry. But how can you tell when the doctor said he will die?' 'Well. his little thing was sticking straight up. will send something to her. did I know what I was doing. 4592. 4597. I would not give your girl anything new while in bed sick. Never move a sickbed. for: "Friday flitting." 4620. afraid they will get worse. 'Why. said he would die if they took him off the bed he got sick on and put him in another --. always take the head first — if you don't. and he got angry. 4600. If you go right out and wash that blood up and it come right up and don't leave a stain. 4599. if the hands. said the woman would die before the year was out.' Someone spoke up and said. 4587. then make a wish and walk away. I was very angry over it. You will not survive a sickness during which you constantly think of someone who is dead. the latter will be dead before the end of the year. She said." 4589. "A man out here on Tenth Street several years ago fell out of a tree and was hurt very bad. Sickbed (4583-4635) 4583. The person who cuts his own finger-nails while sick will never get well. 4591. 4605. 4595." 4615. 'Hope you are right. 4584. because all of his blood wash up. 4613. We knew my aunt would die. Bad luck befalls the person who while sick sees himself in a mirror. there is no hope for him. your neighborhood don't come in to see if you are dead or alive. It is unlucky to have a sick person leave his bed for the first time on Friday. he will live. he will recover. Sometimes a person who has been sick a long time recovers if moved into another room. and she died. 4598. and I went in the front door of the house and when I went home went out the back door." 4594. 4590.was bad luck. If a patient gets worse at night. he would hit his head on the top of the bed. and my uncle would slide to the head of the bed all the time. and the man took sick on a cot and his wife wanted to have him in bed before the doctor came. Out in the kitchen the old woman told me she knew he would die because they threw an old alarm clock away over two weeks ago out in the shed. The blood all came up." 4603. and she would see how her niece would get." 4610.101 4582. Now. she would never get out of that bed. Sick people looking into a mirror always grow worse. "My father always said never take a sick person from one room to the other by their feet. I told her I didn't believe in signs." 4593. said it would be my fault. Do not turn the mattress beneath a sick person. this old woman said to some of his folks. the sick person will soon be taken to the hospital. 4619. his acceptance foretells complete recovery. Well. Why didn't you take my head first so I would come back well ?' And he died. even if the doctor did say he would not get well. 4606. for whenever a boy is real sick and his thing sticks up. that had not been running. "My grandma will not even sweep in a room where someone is sick. "I am very superstitious about this. 4614. To sweep under a sick-bed is unlucky. . Oleanders in a sickroom make the patient weak. but if the blood does not come up. Street. but if it is accepted. 4609. So this woman put the white of an egg in a glass and let set for three days. And her niece died within the next three days. "I was in an Irish house Monday afternoon on Third and X. 4607. "My uncle and aunt were both sick. I was trying to comb it when a friend of hers came in and almost had a fit — said. "A little boy in our neighborhood was real sick. To discover the final result of a sickness. The other woman left the house very angry at me for doing it.' And he didn't.

Healer (4636-4638) 4636. He received the tale without any surprise and acknowledged that the thing was common. 4652. 4628.if you cut your finger off and don't bury it right away. A tub of hot water secretly set beneath a sickbed will improve the patient's condition. and he had no more trouble with his hand getting cold. As soon as a sick person begins to break wind. Then someone told her. 4635. my mother put it right by my bed. The sign of the waist may be any of the middle signs of the Zodiac: Virgo. 4630." 4631. 4649." AMPUTATIONS AND SURGICAL OPERATIONS (4639-4649) 4639. 4633. 4645. [a Roman Catholic] said that after a priest is called in to see a sick person. he will regain his health. he will die. If you have any toes or fingers removed. and it was no time until she could walk again. Put a four-leafed clover under a sick person's pillow while wishing for an improvement in his health and your wish will be fulfilled." 4651. A finger-nail biter has appendicitis before he dies. a radius that would include Grandma also. 'Put some worms in a bottle. Church. if you let him operate on you during any of the following signs of the Zodiac: the head (Aries). 4625. and the bowels (Virgo). let someone hold your feet up for you. 'What did you do with your finger when you cut it off?' 'Oh. "I knew a man at Augusta [Illinois] that used to have bad attacks of 'pendisidus and someone told him about this. "Miss X. The power of healing is destroyed if the healer accepts money in payment for services. Then a woman came in to see me and she said to my mother. if worse. He did this every time he felt an attack coming on.' Then my mother put the plant on the back porch and the plant started to dying and I got better. An operation during a sign below the waist will not be a success. 4637. 4644. the lungs (breast = Cancer). buried it. 4627. Let a person having appendicitis cover his side with warm cow manure and an operation will not be needed.' They told him to look for it and bury it --. and. Questioning a little girl about the health of her cousin who was suffering from a badly infected arm. It may be disclosed to another person only when the possessor is on his deathbed. whenever they find hair and teeth in the 'pendix. 4642. 4647. 'Grandma had to talk to him last night. the hand will be cold. To counteract the backset that will be caused by leaving a sickbed for the first time on Sunday. To yawn in bed during sickness is a bad omen. And the spells got . 'You dassunt tell or something bad will happen. A number of people refused to explain their methods of curing when they learned that these remedies were going to be printed in a book which would be sold. "I knew a man that had three fingers taken off. even the doctor could not help her. and stand that way as long as you can. the others will ache until someone buries the former. If a sick person sneezes three times in succession before breakfast. if on your way to visit him you meet a rabbit.102 4621. and whatever is in your 'pendix will run out. 4641. "Ten or eleven years ago [1920-1921] I came upon a superstition which was quite new to me at the time. Stand in the corner of a room on your head. others say this indicates a relapse. A surgeon will kill you. No doubt this is an old German superstition. To change a sick person's wedding ring from one hand to the other breaks the fever and starts him on the road to health. 4626. I just threw it behind the barn. She took the oil and rubbed over her stiff knee. it signifies that he is becoming well. 4634. his hand hurt all the time because the fingers were not laid out straight when placed in the ground. Persons becoming ill on Sunday never recover. 4654." 4622. 4624. "Someone gave me a tuberose plant when I was sick. 4629. for the plant is getting stronger and your daughter weaker. Walter asked several acquaintances of German parentage what they knew about it. hang them on the south side of the house.. for burying it in the ground makes the wound painful until the limb rots. and after that he did not have any more pain. Saturday is an unlucky day for operating on people. 4623. it is the sign that their mother should of had twins when they were born and didn't. Someone said.' The school janitor to whom all the secrets of the South End [of Quincy] are an open book. an amputated arm or leg must be buried north and south with the fingers or toes pointing toward the latter direction. To avoid future pains. It is certainly alive and flourishing in Quincy. Babies who keep one thumb in the mouth and the other thumb in the navel suffer from appendicitis before they die. Libra and Scorpio. Sunday is a bad day for a sick person to arise from bed the first time. he will get well. Some say a patient singing on the third day of sickness is becoming better. 4640. 4643. rub on your joints. Successful operations are performed only while the sign of the knee (knees = Capricornus) is going down. pastor of K. 4632.' On inquiry I learned that Grandma knew how to 'talk over' people who were afflicted with wounds or sores and made them well. 4653. The teeth and hair in the 'pendix are what should of been in the other child. B. would let his wife hold his feet for him. If a sick person gets better on Sunday. and when they turn to oil. A sick person will recover. And he did it. Always burn an amputated limb. Did you know that often when they operate for 'pendisidis they find small teeth and hair in the 'pendix? Well. She had 'talked over' Marie herself. and he found that old women who will 'talk over' you can be found in northeast Quincy as well as in south Quincy. it will keep the hand warm. 'That girl will not get well as long as that tuberose is in the room. "I know a woman that was operated on and it left her with a stiff knee. I was told that his condition was very serious. The wound from an amputation of a finger heals only by burying the finger." APPENDICITIS (4650-4654) 4650. Anyone can get well by looking over the right shoulder at the moon as he wishes his sickness away." 4648.' And she did. "My uncle's finger was cut off and his hand was so cold for several days. then rest and try it over. the patient either becomes better or worse at once. stand on your feet a few minutes the day before. 4638. I think worm oil is wonderful. They took up his three fingers and straightened them. She tried rubbing everything on it. This must be done for three successive nights. told me that he knew several old women who pretended to this skill. but if you bury it right away. He went and found his finger just where he threw it. "I will tell you about 'pendisidis. and I started to getting weaker every day until I was almost dead. As a general rule the power to heal cannot be revealed or its efficacy will be lost. because it was my favorite flower. and he mentioned one within two blocks of the school." 4646. and that she frequently exercised her art for all sorts of people. I mentioned Grandma's curious practice to Mr. but Marie declined regretfully but firmly to tell what she said.

"Just two weeks ago the little girl next to our house at Ninth and Jersey had earache bad. then take the juice and bottle it up. This lady had a daughter who was very hard of hearing in both ears. 4682. It couldn't do any harm. 4663. and then bind it over an aching ear. If you fill a clean bag with goose manure and boil it. I sit up all night in a chair with that manure on my back and the next day my pain was gone." 4691. Roast an onion in coals of fire. Son and Holy Ghost. risings in the head. Earache is cured by eggs mixed either with onion juice or sweet oil. 4681. 4690. The ear of a child will stop aching." .' I guess it was mean of me. But at last she got one and put it on. Treat an earache by rubbing it with rabbit urine. but it is better than any doctor can do for you. then strain through a cloth. Let ten copper pennies soak in vinegar overnight and sew five of them into each end of a long bandage. sprained his back and sent over to get my water bottle. put two tablespoonfuls of pure alcohol with it. 4656. that year he will not be bothered with a sore back. kill a squirrel and while it is yet warm take a drop of its urine and put in the afflicted ear. and took the juice and dropped in the ear. for I was afraid I would get his pains. breathe against the pain. As a treatment for deafness. take a gold ring. they have one drop of blood in their body from the head to the back. Fry a piece of rabbit fat and put one drop of this grease in the ear for earache. keep it well greased with goose grease. as soon as he hears the first dove of the season call. Apply to an aching ear a rattlesnake button. cried with it all the time.103 farther apart until he didn't have them at all. put in a teacup and pour boiling water over it. Heat cow manure in sweet milk. he was in so much pain. If you have the earache. "My mother had lumbago bad and an old woman that lived on Bay Island told her about the eelskin." 4662. 4671. 4689. 4676. and will cure you if you are hard of hearing. A person who eats dove occasionally will never become deaf. Next morning arrange the cloth so that five pennies rest on your sore back and the other five hang over your chest. I went out to a farmhouse and stood behind the cows and caught a bucketful of fresh manure and took it home. then bury the bottons and use the juice for earache. Take that one drop of blood and put in the ear. 4664. and it did do her good. That night I took two towels and put that manure in it and put it around my back. Hearing can be improved. The person who carries a buckeye in the pocket never suffers from backache. Oil rendered from the fat of a hoot owl makes a good ointment for bad hearing. and he had to wait until morning to find a betsy-bug --. and put in a bottle. 4658. Some man gave the remedy and she thought she would try it on her daughter's ear. after you put in it some hair from a Negro's head. And my ear stopped right away. To rid yourself of pains in the ear. when he would get an attack." 4665. Oil from a snake makes a good ointment for earache. If a person. you could hear him for a block. And standing in the corner on his head cured him. "My brother when he was a year old had earache bad. Poultice a running ear with a mixture of hog dung and hog lard. This man. and when that cotton rots. It will cure earache. 4678. An old woman in her eighties said her family came from Germany to Quincy about 1835 and brought with them the following remedy: "Gather the sheep buttons manure. let them dry hard. 4661. let it set for one hour and it will clear. skunk oil is applied. It is an old remedy. In removing an insect from the ear. "My grandfather always did this for earache. If you do. then put the cotton in a coffin with a dead person. you will get his backache. put this in a bag. 4659." 4677." 4669. Applications of earth-worm oil restores the hearing. She tried it. and you will never have earache again. And she put one teaspoonful in each ear every night for one week. 4674. Warm it and put one teaspoonful in each ear every night. Human urine is rubbed in the ear for deafness. Do not eat potatoes if your hearing is bad. A good ointment for earache is milk from the human breast. "Take the dirt from a mud dauber's nest. Hearing and Deafness (4679-4686) 4679. Three drops of rabbit-fat oil in the ear is an earache cure. 4668. In treating an earache. Sometimes fat from a rabbit kidney is prescribed. BACKACHE AND LUMBAGO (4687-4698) 4687. 4685. It is said that a deaf person regains his hearing by going up in an airplane. you may use three drops of this water per dose in an ear that aches. 4680. apply the juice from a cockroach." 4673. You will not lose an earache unless your own urine is applied. then turn the ring around three times. You would have to shout to her to make her hear. Her daughter could hear so well that she could hear one whisper across the room. 4670. if a rattlesnake button is kept in the afflicted ear. and it stop. "I had a running ear for years and tried everything. some call them sow bugs. use anyone's urine. Mother laugh at first because she had several of Quincy's best doctors and they could not help her." AURAL AFFLICTIONS (4655-4686) Earache (4655-4678) 4655. and I never did have any more trouble with it. "A neighbor man just last week had the backache bad. Then she tried the water bugs out of the water barrel. 4686. for I didn't let him have it. this vegetable will make your affliction worse." 4688. "I had the backache one time so bad I could not lay down or do anything. 4667. In curing an abscessed ear. 4683. 4684.that's one of those hard-shell black bugs that live under old boards. saying In the Name of the Father. Mother got the doctor and he could not help his ear. 4672. "I had earache when I was a girl and mother just tried everything. I have heard him tell how one of his sons cried all night with earache. Then some old German woman told her about the onion. The latter must then be soaked in vinegar during the second night. will cure it. 4666. your ear will get well. Only urine from a person of the opposite sex cures an earache. As a treatment for an ear that aches. lies down and rolls over three times. 4692. I tried it and it was no time until my ear got well. 4675. and mashed them. Her mother put the ring in her ear and did this. This cures a sore back. then squeeze three drops through a cloth in the ear. then put on to boil for about one hour. 'Don't let that man have your water bottle. put it just inside the ear. when a woman told me about putting the cotton in the ear and let stay overnight." 4657." 4660. A woman was visiting me said.

the victim must make a bow round the animal's leg with a small woolen string and then tie the bow into two knots. Years ago we took up a homestead down in the Ozark Mountains [in southern Missouri] and the snakes were very bad. 4715. 4698. ." 4695. rub coal oil behind your ears. As long as you see one drop. If you are bitten by a dog. 4717. A poultice made of mashed potato-bugs. lie down and rollover. and the owner of a madstone was called in to work the cure. As a remedy for backache. Sometimes they say a person becomes mad. 4725. When stung by a bee or wasp. the swelling will cease itching and disappear." 4724. Cure a bee sting with an application of earwax. When she got home she sewed it up and forgot to cut the thread off. This will make a good poultice for weak backs. I killed it and my eye got well right away after I killed it. Cure a dog bite by cutting some hair from his tail and binding in over the wound. When she picked it up in the morning to dress. Three kinds of weeds applied to a bite or sting prevent swelling and assuage the pain. 4701. roast them on the stove until you can make powder of them. If a dog goes mad after biting someone. even if the dog does. "Down here in the South Bottom forty years ago my cousin when she undress threw her dress down on the floor. if the mad dog that bites him is killed. Bites and stings do not swell. To prevent this. They thought that good. BITES AND STINGS Dog Bit . he was part Indian himself. She knew mother had the buzzard-wing feathers. 4705.Insect Bite or Sting . but not as good as the deer liver. you can make your blood distasteful to them by eating five drops of turpentine dropped on a half teaspoonful of sugar. "A spider bit me one Sunday on the eye. To keep mosquitoes from biting you. Thus the madstone eventually let loose. flour and water may be used for backache. where it stuck for a long time like a magnet and could not be removed. and put her finger in this chicken to draw the poison out. Greens eaten on Green Thursday (Maundy Thursday) protect you against mosquitoes bites that year. I know several that have tried it. Our family don't think there is anything better for a snake bite. I remember well one day that a woman that lived several miles from us came carrying her little girl crying to our house. If you are bitten by a snake. indicating that all the poison had been extracted. If you get chiggers. We used this remedy on our horse and cow when snake bitten. kill it. further. 4721. 4727. and in nine days she got mad. The milk remained white. A clay or mud poultice may be used on a sting to check the swelling and to lessen the pain. sleep with a knife beneath your mattress. is grey and resembles a hog kidney. The person who wears about the neck a tooth from a mad dog that has bitten someone is never attacked by mad dogs. A copperhead had bitten her little girl and her leg was all swollen up. "Cut a piece of oil cloth out the shape of a diaper and wear around your waist with the oil side out. 4706. 4713. kill the dog at once. thus neutralizing in advance the effects of the dog's subsequent death. "This is very old --. 4708. according to an old farmer who once saw one used. the healer asked for another crock of milk and swished the madstone in it as a final test." 4723. it would drop off the wound. Your lumbago disappears as soon as the potato dries up. then mix this powder good with fresh lard and put it on a cloth. Pass a woolen string through a potato and suspend it from your neck. "I know a woman that was going to the store one day and a mad dog tore her dress. take the liver out and rub over the bite. 4714.Snake Bite (4699-4744) DOG BITE 4699. INSECT BITE OR STING 4710. tighten your muscles while holding your breath and you can kill the insect. that person will also go mad. When it was applied for the eighth time. Never put the oil side to your back. Draw a cross over a mosquito or spider bite. 4712. provided the insect is caught and rubbed over the wound." 4707. To protect himself against this possibility. keep changing the cloth until you see no more green drops on the cloth. for it will not be able to fly away. Cut a black chicken open and tie half of it about a snake bite. 4696. This process of administering the madstone and then dipping it into the milk was repeated seven times. Hair from the dog that bites you should be mixed with lard and bound on the wound. if mad. 4703. He said when a dog bit anyone and they thought they would go mad. 4694. Years ago someone living near him had been bitten by a mad dog. it no longer adhered. Poultice a snake bite with the warm gizzard from a chicken. and you will not have a backache that year. said the operator. It saved her life. would not be without them for snake bite." SNAKE BITE 4722. Mother started right in to putting the poultice on her leg and would take one off and put on another. take the precaution of touching a madstone. A wing should be wrested from a live chicken and used as a poultice for snake bite.my grandfather lived when the Indians were here. then found it on the foot of my bed. they would always hunt a deer. "This is over two hundred years old [?]and a' Indian remedy. 4704. a rattlesnake was coil up in it. A little drop of green will come on the cloth. This is the poison. 4697. 4720. cut it right open. you will not go mad. As soon as a mosquito lights on your bare flesh. My mother kept buzzard-wing feathers in the house all the time. For a snake bite take the large wing feathers out of a buzzard and take the quill part. Hold a madstone against a dog bite to test the animal's sanity: if the dog was not mad. The person who eats meat on Good Friday will be bitten by mosquitoes all summer. 4726. My eye was all swollen up. Remove some hair from the belly of the dog by which you were bitten and put on the wound as a remedy. but to make certain. I looked and looked and didn't find it for a week. the stone will fall off immediately. as soon as it was thoroughly saturated. Of course she didn't see the snake until it bit her on the finger. 4711. A sack of sulphur against the sole of each foot and a sack of sand on the back helps lumbago. 4700. They ran out in the yard. leave the stinger in the wound and the insect will die. but she has a scar on her finger where the snake bit her. they would cut a square piece off the dog's back and put on the bite. The woman stayed all day and mother worked with the child and saved it. On hearing the first whippoorwill of spring. apply warm chicken guts and then drink whiskey. 4716. A chief told my great-great-grandma. 4719. that the madstone was sucking out the poison. and he placed it in a crock of milk which turned grey immediately. then put over the bite. picked up a young chicken. The latter began by putting his madstone against the bite. A madstone.104 4693. it will stick to the wound until all poison has been absorbed." 4702. This signified. 4709. 4718. If not so bad. she bit it off.

The snake bite him on the arm. will tell you two people that was saved with their own manure. If a rattlesnake strikes you. salt. this boy's arm would turn all spotted like. when it heal up. and I knew an old German man out here at Burton that brought a madstone over from Germany. You will never recover from the bite of a green snake or a snake that has any green on its skin. Mud rubbed over a snake bite draws out the poison. They did this and this didn't work. where the snake bit him. If you cut yourself during the dark of the moon. They got right up to go and look for the snake. 4747. Our neighbor boy was out hunting rabbits with his dog.' Well. "My grandfather cut his foot very bad and. then cobwebs. His foot was swelling all the time. put her foot right in the chicken until it got cold. A person carrying an onion in his pocket is never bitten by snakes. that is very good. 4734.cooked them. then they kill another and put her foot in. 4740. and third. One day I step on a nail in the chicken yard. the wound will not bleed much. Then I went out and got some clay. you will not. you will have a scar. apply a mixture of . Treat a snake bite by splitting open a live frog and applying it to the wound. and every time the vinegar got cold. Then we sent to one of the neighbors on the next farm for whiskey and got him good and drunk. that didn't help. 4743.I don't remember what you call them --. to catch a chicken and run a knife down its back and put on the bite. very old. His mother knew my mother well. first cover the wound with sugar. "Fifty-five years ago [1883] my husband was down by the creek. Salve for cuts is prepared by boiling down in lard the red part from chicken manure and straining it through a rag. 4744. and the remedy he used was very old. And the next day his foot was all right. I am sure he had his hand lanced five times. If the first thing you eat on Easter is a green onion. slit open.' My mother looked at it and said. This day he didn't have any on. I will tell you one when I used my own manure. after being to the doctor. I never had any trouble with the nail. The full moon is an unlucky time for cutting yourself. But every year at the same time. 'Get some cow manure and make a poultice and put on. "A boy I knew years ago had a bad snake bite. if you can get a piece of the snake and bind on. 4739. When the poison was all out we gave it back. and the warm insides placed on the wound. Then they knew another. Well. had the folks to stay at her house all day." 4741. In the spring drink tea brewed out of snakeroot and you will not be bitten by a snake that year. right away after I did. and he often stopped here at the gate and talked about my mother saving his hand when the doctor wanted to take it off. They saved him." 4736. this snake." BLEEDING Cuts . I can pick up a snake anywhere and they I will not bite me. Someone said. then came to the house with his foot swelling. The third chicken drew all the poison out. cover the wound with crushed leaves off a thorn tree while thrice saying Poison kill poison. The boy thinking there was a rabbit in the stump ran his hand into the stump to get the rabbit and it was a snake. Only the flesh taken from between the second and third rattle and applied to the wound will cure a rattlesnake bite. He put tobacco juice on it right away. wrap tightly about them a piece of brown paper as a bandage. By the next day she had all the fever out of the arm. Cobwebs are used in three ways to stop the bleeding of a cut: first." 4731. Of course you can't do a job whenever you want to. he may have to take the hand off if he couldn't get it better. 4748. 4750. it will bleed profusely. The doctor told the mother he was worried. if during the light of the moon. Some say that the blood alone is sufficient. before the poison goes through its body. made a poultice of it and put on. Blood poisoning never attacks a cut in the foot of a swimmer during the first ten days of August. then. In those days they went without shoes a lot. She took the bandage off. Well. One morning. then put it in milk and leave for three days. So I make a poultice of plantain leaves and put on until I could do a job. 4749." 4729. "I can tell a true story about a boy years ago that was playing out in the yard and cut his hand bad on some glass and got some of the pieces in his hand. and onion juice cures a snake bite. In those days they always had a cookhouse out in the yard. His father was sitting out in the yard talking to another man. and the third. and then apply a piece of the snake flesh. and they told her. We put that on. Snakes do not bite those who wear a belt made from a rattlesnake skin. and did. "I remember this [in Missouri] when I was seven years old [1855]. They got whiskey and poured down the boy. It is sure good for poison. and mother wanted to know what was wrong. 4746. A cut made in the sign of the heart (Leo) always causes greater pain. This boy's hand got so bad that the mother had to take him to the doctor. 4751. the doctor had put on. after they have been applied. 4752. 4732. A cloth washed out on Sunday quenches the flow of blood immediately when bound about a cut. he couldn't right away. And we got that stone and put on this boy's arm and let stay on until it fell off. for it's an old saying. Wounds from cuts will heal better in the first and second quarters of the moon. and then a cloth bandage. bit him right on the bottom of the foot. second.' But I said. They got a chicken. swelling so fast. Then they knew another remedy for snake bite. a snake will never bite you. will cure the bite. blood poison was setting in. I told my husband to go out and do a job. If you cut yourself on a dark moon. Mother said. As a treatment for snake bite.105 4728. 'I am going to help you save that hand. but didn't know about the yellow clay. but she never had any more trouble. "Sixty years ago [1876] about sundown a little girl was playing in a path and a snake bit her on the foot." 4755. Some say you must first cut off the head of the snake that bites you. but did. 4754. his leg was all stiff. you just have to wait. it was a poison snake. By this time the boy arm looked like a stovepipe and all spotted. The boy was about thirteen years old. and the poison came right out. his mother and the boy came along Ninth Street. the snake must be killed at once. didn't help. And when they got back the boy's arm was a sight. That boy is around seventy now. will draw all the poison out of the stone so you can use it for the next person that has a bite. "See here on my arm. An old remedy for snake bite is to kill three chickens one after the other and put on a bite while warm to draw the poison out. he step on a rattlesnake by the creek.Nosebleed (4745-4831) CUTS 4745. and the foot was swelling. and your own manure is better than any cow manure. 4738. kill it. They didn't find it. rubbed his stiff leg with it. if on a light moon. An application of urine. 4735. He took those bugs that stay under old rotten logs --." 4753. 4733. They worked with her all night. and his arm was saved. a snake will not bite you that year. 4730. then soot. Well. made a salve of them. 4742. We lived on a farm out here. to the cookhouse. 'Let me see your hand. and it cure him. got some yellow clay and hot vinegar and put on. And the boy never had any trouble. 'Yes. 4737. would put hot again. He came on to the house. We made a poultice of his own manure and put on. His dog went to barking and barking around an old hollow stump. and the third day he went back to the doctor to have him take the glass out of his hand that this clay and vinegar had drawn down. If you are marked with a snake.

To stop the bleeding of a cut. Cow beets (sugar beets) are sometimes required. and he stuck the knife right down in the ground and his leg stopped bleeding. 4791." 4782. 'Sure I do. put the end of a key up the bleeding nostril and then. fourteen at the time. 4790. if you count twenty. 4793. It at last turned up. 4764. 'Do you want me to stop your nose from bleeding?' I said. "One day I had nosebleed bad. "I know a man up here at Mendon had someone to give him a buckeye to carry. And on the third blow there was no blood. if you think of someone who has been dead a long time — over fifty years say some." 4778. A man who cuts himself with an axe should wipe the blood off the blade. He was given medical attention. and a man came along and said. "If I have the nosebleed on the left side. 4766. a string is tied about the middle finger — of the left hand say some. 4765. 4785. bind it about your neck. Red beads about the neck will prevent nosebleed. but other reject it.' Grandma said. swathed in grease and rags. Fifty counted backwards is a nosebleed remedy. then let it lay right at the bottom of your spine. We took that scythe and greased it good. and when he got to the house he said. tie a snake skin about a cut. 'I have cut my toe open to the bone. usually gathered from a dark cellar. Red corn strung on a string and worn as a necklace cures nosebleed. 4779. you will never be bothered again by nosebleed. A man who lived next door to us many years ago cut his foot with an axe. "Here is one of my grandfather's: if you have a bad cut and blood poison sets in. your nose will stop bleeding. but usually. NOSEBLEED 4769. Cobwebs almost always means dusty spider webs. if on the right side. It is lucky to have nosebleed on Friday. 4771. taking each leaf from a different plant. where it had been hidden by our faithful colored maid. 4788. just then made a great slash in his leg with his new Christmas pocketknife.hang it up and you will not have any trouble with blood poison — and my brother just got along fine with his fingers." 4757. until the would heals. Your nose will stop bleeding at once." 4768. You can stop nosebleed by letting three drops of blood fall on a brick (red) and throwing the brick over the house. saying to himself a certain verse out of the Bible. Scrapings from the hoof of a horse makes a good poultice for cuts." . he will not only cure the wound but also never be cut with that axe again. In curing a child's nosebleed. the knife disappeared and was not found for months. 4780. but for good measure the family greased the axe head and laid away carefully. if he transfers his pocketknife from the right pocket to the left. of the right say others. bore a hole into a soft maple tree and plug up in this hole some of the blood. 4786. which has a reputation for healing qualities. As a remedy for cuts. 4772." 4787." 4789. When I went to school in the country the teacher tried everything." 4758. without wiping off the blood." 4774. "My husband always does this when his nose goes to bleeding: hangs three keys on a string down his back.' I did. tie a strip of buckskin around the neck. rub coal oil over the steel. usually in a dry place. 'Blow your nose three times. who did not intend that her favorite Walter should be endangered in life and limb by any foolish negligence of his family. To check a bleeding caused by a cut. hold a shovel of hot coals and let the blood fall on them. 4763. and lay the implement under his bed. the wound would not have healed. get the flesh of a blacksnake and bind on. "One day a man was out in the field cutting corn and he cut his leg with the corn knife. "One I try and think good for nosebleed is to let a steel knife down your back right in the middle. When your nose begins to bleed. I was trying cold water. 4762. 'You could not of done anything better.' And he never had any trouble with his toe. "It will amuse you to hear that my brother Walter. 4773. In the excitement. 4760. 4794. A nose stops bleeding. let some of the blood drip on the blade of a knife or ax and then thrust the blade into the ground. A cut heals and never leaves a scar. 4770. 4781. "My sister always does this to stop nose bleedings: take some of the blood and make a cross with the blood over the forehead. To be freed from nosebleed. for it is said to leave a black scar. bind a piece of silver on it. Nosebleed in a man can be cured.106 cobwebs and soot. Sometimes the key is wrapped in a wet cloth. I hold my left hand up as high as I can. 4784.' He walked around me three times. "Years ago my brother was out in the field and he cut his three fingers almost off with a scythe --. 4756. A key may be held against the back of your neck or in the middle of your back to cure nosebleed. bind on it three leaves. wear a key on a green string about your neck. As a remedy for nosebleed. separately or in combination with cobwebs. 4777. "I used to have nosebleed all the time until I started wearing a key on a red string around my neck all the time and now I don't have it any more. always stand up and hold my right hand up as high as I can. Sometimes these scrapings are parched on the stove and mixed with soot. will draw the poison out." 4792. Some only use the soot.the finger was just hanging on. Silver is particularly good for the bleeding of varicose veins. bathe the child with a dirty dish rag using dirty dishwater. 4783. and he has been carrying it for twenty years and never had nosebleed after he started to carrying the buckeye. As he came through the barn lot he took off his shoe and walked through the cow manure. Beets (because they are red) may be put in a sack and hung over the head of the bed as a preventive against nosebleed at night. if a horsehair is tied about it. 4767. then he stop and said. but I stopped in the barn lot and walked through the cow manure. and rarely clean ones. then hung it up --." 4759. and the shovel of red coals was all that would help it." 4761. A nosebleed is stopped by raising and holding both hands above your head. in addition. "My cousin was cutting wood and one morning he came home with his big toe cut open to the bone." 4776. It will dry the blood up. If you wipe some of the blood on three beans while saying the Lord's Prayer and then bury them. If the axe had rusted. and as long as that key remains there. Occasionally a bunch of keys is tied to the green string. "If you have nosebleed. In checking the flow of blood. Nosebleed can be cured or prevented by wearing a necklace of amber beads. Urine on a cut stops the bleeding and disinfects the wound. To cure nosebleed. 4775.

is good for nosebleed: it may be worn on a string about the neck. cures nosebleed." 4828. above the left elbow. and better yet. "I always do this when my nose goes to bleeding and it will stop: take a white cord string and wrap around your first [index finger]. whittle a pine stick to a point. will stop nosebleed. "My brother was with a friend one day and his nose started to bleeding bad. between the teeth bite hard on paper or cardboard. To get rid of a nosebleed. 4825. Silver. stop my nosebleed. using a red-yarn string. As a treatment for nosebleed. but when she replaced the yarn." 4798. 4808. keep wrapping it around. Your nose will stop bleeding. 4831. having opened the Bible. fixed it. tied it around my front finger [index finger] of my left hand. If worn about the neck. In those days they made the children all walk to school. put a dime in a small sack. then turn the rock over and depart. This is so. "Those little balls [galls] that come on the white oak tree. 4796. "My father always did this: if you wear a red silk ribbon around your neck. some say the left. say In the Name of the Father. Father took an old spoon. I was walking home. or soaked in vinegar. then put it on a red string and let me wear it. She took me in the house. to stop it." 4830. lay a wet cloth on the left lower part of your bare belly. A woman said she had tried this remedy. If your nose bleeds. my nose would start to bleed. against the roof of the mouth. My mother kept a red silk ribbon in the drawer all the time.' And it did. in the hollow of the throat say some. for my father's nose bled so much. 4812. 4807. it may be tied on the forehead or merely placed there if the patient lies down. My mother kept a jar of them all the time. tie this about your neck. 4805. black or red. That powder is very good to put on. and the bleeding will cease. The woman saw me and said. A piece of red string or yarn about the neck cures nosebleed. and it may be put in the mouth — under the tongue. mash it up into a round piece. let three drops of blood fall on this point. However. In treating a nosebleed. If I would take them off. "When I was young I had nosebleed all the time. her nose began to bleed. the point of a lead pencil is thought to be just as good. 4814. chewed into a wad. 4818. 4810. brown paper soaked in vinegar. it may be bitten. 4823. Son and Holy Ghost. but this cure frequently requires the lead to be round-shaped --. some say they must be open. and behind the upper or lower lip. saying. Nosebleed can be stopped by binding a white string around your arm just above the elbow: if it is the right nostril. Bind a piece of red yarn on the thumb for nosebleed. 'Are you sick?' I told her my nose had been bleeding all day and I could not stop it. his nose will never bleed again. may be held against the back of the neck or dropped down the back to cure nosebleed. This is a good nosebleed remedy: if the blood comes from the left nostril. To cure a nosebleed. and after he grows higher than this hole. after you tie a piece of red yarn around your neck and little finger. 4809. Take the cotton out and you will find in that cotton something like red powder. or gun shot are used as a necklace or put in a sack. and bury the stick in an ash pile. 4803. BOWEL TROUBLE (4832-4846) . By experiment she discovered that the yarn could be taken off only after the third day. I remember one day I went to the little country school and my nose bled all morning. about the little finger. 4797. 4802. 4811. if you wear a blue string tied in a bow around your neck. with the mistaken belief that a pencil contains lead. 4800. didn't care how far it was. 4801.107 4795. tie a pair of scissors to a red string about your neck and let the point hang down. and I never had nosebleed after I started to wearing it. They are good for nosebleed. tie a string or a piece of yarn. A gold ring held under the inside of the upper lip or pressed against the roof of the mouth is a cure for nosebleed.' She got a red-yarn string. so if anyone got nosebleed. If you hold a piece of lead behind your lip your nose will stop bleeding. Some laugh when I tell it. saying. "When I was a little girl I had the nosebleed all the time. to stop nosebleed. If a small child suffers from nosebleed. 4819. 4817. A spoon dropped down your back is also an effective cure. and he took a wet pebble out of the river and put up under his lip. Leave rusty nails in cider vinegar until the rust comes off and then drink this liquid when stopping nosebleed. if the left nostril. and. As soon as she removed the yarn. letting the piece of lead lay on my chest. but it's the truth. 4813. You can cure nosebleed by wearing a piece of red string or yarn about your neck for three days. Well. and under the inside of the upper lip hold any type of paper. either the metal is flattened into a disk. the right lower part of your bare belly. put a few drops of the blood in a hole that you have bored into a tree to mark his height. Nosebleed is cured with paper in these ways: against the back of the neck or down the back use paper of any kind." 4804. A nickel or penny may be used in the same ways. 4826. To cure a nosebleed. 4799. If you pick up a white stone. let some blood drop on the place where they are crossed. 'We will have that bleeding stop right away. 'It will stop now. either keep a spoon under your tongue or pressed against the roof of your mouth. A nutmeg kept about the neck is good for nosebleed. For nosebleed you may wrap two dimes in separate pieces of brown paper and insert one of these under the lower lip and the other under the upper lip. They were near the river and he thought of his grandma's remedy. 4816. Wear a piece of lead that has never touched the ground and your nose will not bleed. let three drops of blood fall onto the underside. The teacher didn't try to do anything and it bled most of the afternoon. usually in the form of a dime. Go where you cannot be seen and let your nose bleed on a white rock. 4827. a bullet with which something has been killed is a nosebleed remedy." 4806. 4821. and he would put it on just as soon as it would start to bleed. restore the stone to its original position so that the blood touches the ground. 4820. Your nose will never bleed. Cross two sticks. You rid a person of nosebleed by dropping a pair of scissors down his back three times. We had to pass by where an old man and woman lived. A pair of scissors. drop a nail down your back. 4815. "I used to have nosebleed bad. I was so weak that another girl had my arm helping me along the road. A piece of lead hanging down the back or worn about the neck. and it stop bleeding. she could use it. your nose will stop bleeding. and your nose will stop bleeding. and a handful down his back. so he told the boy to lie down. 4829. if the right nostril. others say the right." 4822. put a hole in it. especially brown paper. the bleeding stopped immediately.therefore. folded. keep in the house all the time. tie the string above the right elbow. it may be held against the back of the neck. when one day an old Indian told my father to get a lead spoon. Use a black silk cord or thread about your neck as a nosebleed remedy. and my mother put two nutmegs on a red string and made me wear them all the time to school." 4824.

Bark on the east side of a white oak tree supplies an excellent tea for loose bowels. My mother took me to several doctors but they didn't help me. We thought she was going to die. Pour boiling water over them. I got some right away and tied them around his neck. "My sister could take out a burn on your body. or a woman to a man. when one day an old German woman came to our house and told my mother about the gall out of three chickens. Spread cow manure over a burn. 4842. and hold your breath while repeating this. BURNS (4847-4860) 4847. fry them down in lard for ten minutes. After it stands half an hour. 'I can make her stop crying if her mother wants me to. My sister had to help me. and she thought she was going to get in convulsions. said the child stopped crying instantly. I just tried everything. then jump in the door. 4852.droppings salve. 4864. for I think it good. CHILLS (4861-4897) 4861." 4844. the wound will never heal. then say In the Name of the Father." 4863. . when I met an old woman that lived down in the Bottom close to Hannibal [Missouri]. So she brought her over to Mrs. Use the fat from a rabbit kidney on burns. to see if she could quiet her any.' So he mumbled a few words over the child's hands. I always tell everyone about this. cut fine." 4843." 4839. and Mrs." 4835. T. a mother protects the child against bowel trouble. and put the leaves in a bowl. You can force your bowels to act by scrapping your finger-nails upwards. and say Blow in frost and come out fire. touch the lobe of your ear and this will remove the soreness immediately. 4834. It is very good for the diarrhea. 4840." 4854. never down. took out all the burns. 4837.108 4832. Administer tea brewed from the lining of a chicken gizzard for chills. "A man has got to tell this to a woman. Burns are poulticed with dusty cobwebs. strain and sweeten. to run around the house six times. Mrs. If you burn yourself. I am a man forty-seven years old and I have not had the chills since. By weaning her baby in the sign of the knee (knees = Capricornus). and she told me about cutting up the burdock root: take burdock roots. Makes a wonderful salve for burns. the child will never have bowel trouble. "Mrs. A man told it to me. 4846. Burning the bandage causes greater inflammation. then scrape the inside bark up. pick up a handful of fresh hen manure and put all over her face. and it would come out. 4857. and your chills will be gone." 4858. he would lose the power of healing all burns. repeat this alternate process until you have taken nine doses. 4855. "My grandfather had locked bowels. asked him what he said. never downwards. Our baby spoiled fifteen diapers in one hour. 4867. We lived out in the country years ago and could not get a doctor. T. She would make a cross over the burn. but they got it down. O's neighbor had a little girl and one day she fell against the stove and burnt her hand very bad. And it cure my grandfather. A cyclamen plant in the house causes chills. A good laxative may be obtained by boiling the bark from the east side of a peach tree. and scrape the outer side bark up and throw away. When you burn your finger. "Take ragwood [not ragweed] leaves. "My daughter pulled a tub of hot water over on her and I put this goose. He got so weak he couldn't walk around. and use the tea made of these scrapings as a cathartic. and she told him. 4866. Mix the white part of chicken droppings with lard and apply to a burn. "My mother always said." 4848. "My mother would always make a jarful of light-bread biscuits on Good Friday and whenever any child in the neighborhood would get the summer complaint. He said. T. If you have chills. 4838. 4853. if you have chills. 4841. and they stuck a rooster in the throat and let him drink the blood while the rooster was dying. and hang around the neck. After he started to wearing the bag. She had a time making me take it. you will never have any trouble with its bowels running off." 4865. Children weaned in the sign of the bowels (Virgo) have summer complaint. "A good remedy for a burn. "My sister got some liniment in her eyes one day and it burned her face and eyes bad. lay a corncob over its bottom. My mother got the three gall from three different chickens and give it to me." 4868. never had any more chills. If you wean a baby when the sign is in the thigh (thighs = Sagittarius) going down into the knees (Capricornus). Someone told us about the ragwood-leaves tea and we gave it to her. 4859." 4849. then skip three mornings. blow on it real easy." 4860. You must say this nine times and the burn will not hurt. The person who sits in the sun gazing at a yellow caterpillar will catch chills. To cure the chapping caused by a baby's loose bowels. wait until after sunset to open it and the burn will not become a sore. Scrape the bark on a peach tree upwards. Pulverize a dried chicken gizzard and administer to children having diarrhea. if he did tell. It sure stopped the running-off. on her and the burns never left a scar. Mother said all she did was to run out to the henhouse. 4836. "I knew a man at Marblehead that had chills so bad he just shook like a dog all the time. Son and Holy Ghost. take three drops of tea made from hops. 4851. If the first diaper soiled by a newborn baby is burned." 4850. 4856. and asked what was the matter with the little girl. and give a baby a teaspoonful every few hours. and some man was delivering coal to Mrs. If you burn yourself and a blister is raised. I made him a bag of camphor and had him to wear it [usually about the neck]. I was sick all the time. One day they thought he was going to die. and they would get over the bowel trouble. Unless you bury the bandage that has been wrapped round a burn. A burn can be relieved by poulticing it with cat hair." 4833. set an ax under the patient's bed so that the cutting edge points upward. then fry in a little piece of fresh lard and a little piece of alum. was to go to a elderberry bush on the north side. do this for three successive mornings. and leave your chills outside. To treat chills. "My great-grandmother said sheep dung makes a good tea for flux. and the mother couldn't stop the child from crying. 4845. my grandma always kept on hand. "When I was a boy I had chills all the time. my mother would take one of these biscuits and grate it up real fine like powder and give to the child. and he said he couldn't tell anyone. 4862. "Years ago my boy had running-off. pull the leaves up from the stem. T.

it will give you ague unless you spit. and dress. "If you have chills and don't like someone. and broke the rest of the string off. "My sister had the chills years ago and she took a cup of salt and went down to this creek that goes through South Park now. 'I will try that. 4882. Repeat this alternate process until freed from chills. 4874. then went to a big tree and tied the other end around this tree. He was telling me what to do. I am too fast. He sure got rid of them." 4890. If you see a caterpillar crawling towards you. The hill was not so steep. My uncle came over to see my mother. urinate into it. 4885. before he died. I tried it. and shook for six months. Salt worn in your shoes for nine days banishes chills. There's an old saying. I did this. 4878." 4888. 4895. wishing in the Three Highest Names the chills will go. put one on each ankle and one on each wrist. A rat crawling over the face of a sleeping person is followed by chills next day. and he went over on his land and did this. She left her chills too. "My mother always wore a little sack of salt around her neck to keep from having chills. Son and Holy Ghost. 4893. equal parts. Arise before dawn and. My husband. "My husband and I put salt in the heels of our shoes all the time to keep away chills. tried everything. The tree was three feet over [in circumference]. Red pepper pods in your stockings wards off chills. 4896. of water under your bed to drive away chills. I have never had chills since and I am seventy-five year' old. had chills bad down in the Bottom. Use in a tea for chills the bark scraped downwards from a willow tree. did this. 4899. for she never had them after that. and a fellow. say In the Name of the Father. A fellow that I knew. Seventy-seven willow leaves boiled down in water to a pint of liquid is a good chills tonic.' I had been to three doctors and they didn't help me. As you put the salt in one hole. 4873. And he had just as many chills as there were knots in that string. so it was a long time ago. go to their land and make three holes in the ground and put some salt in each hole. and the neighbor got the chills. A neighbor man came in to see me and said. for that was years ago. Eat baked sheep lice in jelly as a chills remedy." 4892. and your chills will soon disappear. That day I was to have two chills. jug or bucket. then told me to shut my eyes and not look [measuring?]. 4894. Drink a teaspoonful of salt in a half glass of water before breakfast for three mornings and then skip three mornings. He picked up the string and left the room. As a prescription for chills. I thought every moment that tree would come over on me. Tea made of leaves pulled downwards from a peach tree cures chills-and fever. 4884. and he got well. I went up the hill to the white oak tree. You can get rid of chills in the spring by blowing your breath into a mole run.Malaria . Next morning I got up and took a long piece of yarn string and went about one-half mile from home to a white oak tree. ." 4871. "My husband had the chills and he wrote on a piece of paper I want to get well. and I was only a child. and it cured me. Then I tied the string to a piece of bark on the tree. walk up to the bed. "I have a friend that does this all the time in the spring and fall to keep from having chills: cut an onion in half and bind under both arms. but we never asked him. 4880. I have tried it myself since those days and the chills always left me. I had told my mother the night before. "My father had chills bad. I never had chills again until I took typhoid fever years after. 'I sure would be ashamed to have chills. I also had chills.109 4869. and in the last hole. that was a cut-up. then started to run --. toss salt over your shoulder while repeating In the Name of the Father.' He said. that when I passed through the room not to speak to me. I had a friend down in the Bottom did this every time he had chills. then make a flour poultice of it. 4870. I hope this leaves me and will bother you. and he got over the chills. But we were sure it was." 4889. for I didn't want them. and took a piece of bark off and put the paper against the tree. in the same regiment he was in during the war. Carry a potato in your left pocket as a treatment for dumb chills. 4875. cover with dirt. Place a pan. My uncle told me not to get scared or look back [after leaving the tree]. 4872. He said. And he didn't like one of the neighbors. happen to come along and pass that white oak tree on the hill — seeing a yarn strung around it full of knots. If you see a caterpillar. And they will get your chills. when an old Negro woman told him this: take soot out of the chimney and molasses. "Here's another thing that happen down around Fall Creek. In a few minutes he came back with a wet white piece of string.Measles (4898-4949) FEVER 4898. and the middle of April I took chills and ague. and stood on the bank with her back to the water and throw this salt over her shoulder into the creek. but he tried it. 'What's wrong?' I said. drop in a handful of salt. we saw a white string hanging on the eaves of the house." 4891. 'I have chills. that was always full of projects. Swallow an earth-worm for chills. I was twenty-one in March. I was going out of the house early in the morning. It sure made me mad to think he would say that. laid it over my head. 4879. saying in the Three Highest Names. "I had chills bad.the string will break and you will leave your chills on the tree. FEBRILE DISEASES (4898-4967) Fever . "My uncle had chills for years.He tried it and it cured him. will cure you. Either ague or three-days-chills is treated by taking a plunge into cold water. and never speak to anyone. "I will tell you something that's a fact. and put mud over the bark to hold it in place. Chills may be cured by drinking sheep-manure tea. You have to get up before anyone else gets up. He had the rheumatism and chills near a month. dig a hole. When he got home an old woman was at our house and she told him about tying the string [usually white] on his arm above the elbow and one below the knee on the opposite leg. "My sister had chills bad and she put a string around her waist.' and left the room. told him how to get rid of them. He laughed. While going to the tree you have to tie a knot in the string for each chill that I had. I had about fifteen or twenty yards to the tow path along the river." 4881. You see: I am eighty-nine [1936]. would kill him. My uncle came home from the [Civil] war." 4886. Then I went around that tree with that string and tie the string to the other end where I had started at. My husband got well and the tree died." 4876. it will give you fever unless you spit over your little finger. We thought it was the same string. Then he folded it up and took it to a oak tree in the woods. say Son. I could hear the roots of that tree breaking." 4883." 4887." 4877. because the ailment will return. pulled it off. then around my left arm. one in the morning and evening. not uttering a word. He went to town after medicine but they were out of it. say Holy Ghost. take a spider web. roll them in little balls and take for chills. and she got well. Several days after he left the room. 'I always look good so there will be no eggs on the web'. I said. I told him some day he would get some spider eggs on the web. in the other hole. The last two months I shook mornings and afternoon both. People having bad chills should never cross running water. 4897.

4923. 4940. and she would not tell him.that of making the fever go down. I remember her telling one story about a little boy that had such a high fever. and they could not find anything that would help him." 4934. Never let goldenrod grow in your yard. " 4921. Louis so I could cross over the Illinois River that runs into the Mississippi River. 4919. His fever left and went into the potatoes and he got well. The doctor said. and each wrist. For months he was under the doctor's care. 4915. To induce the usual eruption in measles. When the doctor came he wanted to know what she done. 4902. Drink your own urine to get rid of a fever." 4936. and he tried everything anyone would tell him. said about every fifteen minutes she would put fresh ones in the bottom of his stockings. 4942. As a treatment for malaria. MALARIA 4926. "I knew a man that had malaria fever. 'What have you done to your daughter? She is so much better tonight." 4922. from the tree. put a silver coin and a piece of salt of equal weight in a sack and carry it hanging over the heart. 4916. 4914. " 4918. Cut the ear of a cat and let three drops of blood fall into some brandy. if the stranger is riding a white horse. Bruised garlic kept in the room keeps out fever. You can reduce a high fever in a child by laying sliced onions on its palms. That night when the doctor came he took me out in the kitchen and said." 4912. Onions bound to the ankles and wrists reduces a fever. the case is always a mild one. however. 4903. "If a baby has high fever. lay an onion under the bed and the fever will go into the onion. 4910. and it did no good. Fever can be cured by poulticing the bottom of each foot with chopped onions and salt. 4941. if anyone was sick. tea made from the dried lining of a chicken gizzard may be administered. he did. and have a patient drink this for fever. wipe off its tongue with a soiled diaper. the symbolism of the former is nullified --. then downwards. 4931. In this latter belief. wet them again.110 4900. and he blew on his back three times. 4905. A person who has had malaria will have it every seven years. 4927.' Then I told him I had been bathing her all day with the cockleburs. This will break the fever." MEASLES 4937. 4913. "My daughter had a very high fever and one day someone told me about bathing her in cockleburs. "My husband was very sick with malaria fever and I did not have any onion in the house." 4909. "My husband had malaria fever.' And in a few days she was all right. was out of his head. Some say the coin must be new.haw bark sliced upwards. 4911. Bind cabbage leaves on your forehead as a fever remedy. Some say the onion must be hung over the bed and a fresh one used every morning. you can prevent fever by spitting. 4933. 'Keep it up. "Every summer my family all wear a white silk bag with camphor in to keep malaria away. Some say your seeing a caterpillar will not give you fever unless it crawls across your path. 4901. Pulverize an egg shell. 4917. for she sure is better. Keep a piece of asafetida round your neck and you will not catch measles. "I remember my mother telling many a time when she used to go to someone's house when a child had fever. and take rags and wet them good. if we got the fever. so I took two large potatoes and cut them in halves and put them under the bed. To cure or to prevent fever. in whiskey. . wear in each shoe a teaspoonful of salt and pepper mixed. add a little pepper. To secure a good remedy for fever or measles. He tried everything. If you see a fever-worm (a yellow caterpillar). "My brother had malaria. So I went out in the woods and got a handful and mashed them. But some old woman told her this. if it does cross your path. Her fever is going down. The breaking out of measles in a dark-complexioned person takes twice the amount of time it requires in a person with a light complexion." 4928. A baby that has measles before it teethes will have the disease again. 4935. To make fever go down. it is a very old saying to go to a river and cross it where another river runs into it. Fever may be treated by tying one piece of fat bacon on the pulse and another piece on the back of the neck. and it cure him. 4925. 4920. So my folks took me down to St. and at last he went to a witch doctor down in Hannibal [Missouri]. 4924. saying In the Name of the Father. for it will give you malaria. Fever going up on a child results in death. and when the rags get dry. and she save that boy with only plantain leaves. ask for one from a stranger on horseback. 4906. So when I have anyone sick I always put a knife between the mattress and springs. In curing a fever administer to the patient tea made of sheep droppings. To check malarial chills. Son and Holy Ghost. and my husband got well right after that. keep a bread-and-yeast poultice on the soles." 4929. In an hour time the fever started down. One day a real old German man told him if he would drink his own urine. She went to help his mother. take and put two tablespoonfuls of soda in a pint of hot water. Apply a garlic poultice to the soles of your feet at night and your fever will be gone by morning. The doctor could not do him any good. She done this and broke the fever. after you have removed the lining." 4932. The person who touches a wooly-worm (caterpillar) takes a fever. 4930. and he got well. If measles are contracted during apple-blossom time. and tie them around each foot and each ankle. If you have malaria. "My mother when a girl lived in the South and she told me. it will give you fever unless you spit three times. to cut the fever. if they would put a knife between the mattress and featherbed. A mustard poultice on each sole draws the fever down and sends it out through the feet. If a person has fever. Protect a child against measles by letting it swallow three buckshot daily for three days. holding his hand on my husband's chest. Set a bowl or pan of water under the head of the patient's bed in treating fever. 4908. would cut the fever down. And I got better. and to draw it out through the child's feet. because I have no featherbed. "Years ago my mother always kept a snake hide in the house to tie around our heads. and around their head. afraid he would laugh. "I had malaria bad and nothing would help. and made a tea and started to bathing her. administer tea made from black. 4904. High fever in a child goes up to the heart and causes death. She started in mashing up plantain leaves. and they gave him the white droppings from a dog. 4907. As a precaution against fever being taken by a baby with a coated tongue. Three weeks ago Mrs. Kill a caterpillar and you will catch fever before the summer is gone. the remedy will be more effective. C's baby was very sick with high fever. 4938. it would cure him. 4939. and administer this powder for malaria.

" 4970. and lay a whole chicken against each foot. To cure typhoid fever. 4947. 4963.111 4943. 4973. when the doctor came. So after the doctor left." 4967." 4964. "In the last stages of typhoid. she was so weak she didn't know us. would help. keep a pan full of slaked lime under the sickbed. "My daughter was real sick with typhoid fever. SMALLPOX 4953." 4961. "Years ago a man died with the smallpox and after he was dead five years." 4966. To regulate the flow in menstruation.Typhoid Fever (4950-4967) SCARLET FEVER 4950. that he could not do anything more for her. and red tomatoes. A woman. her mother. 4944. "My son years ago had typhoid fever and the doctor gave him up. 4975. complying with a custom of that time on Mc Gees Creek near the county-line. don't let her eat bread or anything white. The doctor told us she was going to die. for it will cause tuberculosis. and it will cure nine times out of ten. A child with measles is helped by letting it wear a penny about the neck. wear a piece of garlic around your neck.apple tree and use as a tonic: if flowing too much. The onions will turn black. The informant wore one of them to facilitate the regrowth of her hair. A neighbor told me. "My boy had black measles bad and they would not come out. The rubbing of a rind from salty meat over the body forces out measles. 4977. 4948. and if they eat fish. tied it. and one across its chest. We peel onions. 4958. drink tea brewed from bark stripped off the north side of a cherry tree. provided the cloths are handled with three fingers when washed. And he put my sister's urine in all of her medicine after that and she got well. derives its name from chicken droppings with brown centers and white edges. and that man took the smallpox and died.Smallpox . it will dry up their blood. I gave him a cup of the water in which the white droppings from the chickens were boiled and in two hours you couldn't put your finger on his body. And apple vinegar was what save her. when someone told the doctor. 4960. Tea made from sheep manure is drunk in treating scarlet fever. making two skull caps. TYPHOID FEVER 4957. like red onions. "If a young girl's sickness stops on her from a cold. Spit when you see a woolly-worm [caterpillar] and you will not catch typhoid fever. chopped them up fine. could not get his fever down. And I got her well after the doctor said she would die." 4974. when a doctor would not do that. they gave his shoes to a man to wear. which are supposed to resemble blossoms. blew up a hog bladder. Of course. and made a poultice. 4962. Measles may be cured by drinking blossom-tea. If a woman flows too freely. and let it dry. one on the bottom of both feet. he was broke out from toe to head. As a protection against smallpox. and the second day she started to knowing us. if too little. socks and all. FEMALE DISORDERS (4968-4992) 4968. then called brain fever. boil the inside bark of a sweet. 4952. 4946. "When my mother was about twelve [1845] an old Indian doctor told them to wear black beads around their neck to keep the blood from going to the brain. restrain it by painting round her knees with bluing. and that will bring her again. "My baby was dying. Babies with measles became well. put cotton socks on their feet and fill the socks full of corn meal." 4965. if the menstrual cloths are burned. who as a girl in 1860 had had typhoid fever.] And we saved my baby. "Sixty years ago [1879] my sister had typhoid bad. A neighbor came in. This remedy for typhoid fever. He said he could not help my baby. then she cut the inflated bladder crosswise. . and kept it up. for it made the blood come down. 4949. This word. they will die from an excessive flow. The more you change your grandy rags. misery attacked the head. If women during menses eat too much cinnamon or nutmeg. Use sheep-manure tea as a sudorific agent in measles." 4954. 4976. said to be an old one. After she got well. and it brought the fever down when nothing else would. You make yourself immune from smallpox by carrying an onion in your pocket. put salt over them. red beets. An old colored woman told me to get jimson-weed leaves and cover him with them. 4972. 4951." 4945. Sliced onions placed in the room of a typhoid fever patient will suck up the poisonous odors. Put in all the socks will hold. A girl entering her first monthly period will have an easy experience and be sick three days only. if rubbed with their wet diapers. the greater the flow. was supposed to draw the fever down from the brain and out through the feet. 4955. called brain fever years ago. then soak feet. 4956. if he would give her urine. let her have everything red to eat. I sent my other girl to the store to get some apple vinegar. As a cure for measles. As a remedy for scarlet fever. described the symptoms by saying that the eyes ran and became red. rub black-cat blood on the patient. All the girls in that time wore black beads all the time to get their monthly to come when coming into womanhood. in apple vinegar. Scarlet Fever . the bark must be scraped upwards from the tree. The burning of menstrual cloths makes the woman absent-minded. They did everything. Drink goat milk three times a day for typhoid fever. You may cure typhoid fever by using a picked chicken in one of the following ways: split the chicken into halves and tie a half to each foot of the patient. we worked all night. and I did. put one on each wrist. This remedy is also good for chickenpox. and hot steam issued from the ears. [These five places are an excellent example of the magic number five equaling the five nails or wounds of the Cross. gut two chickens and let the patient put a foot in each chicken. if I would get apple vinegar and bathe her. 4959. A person who has had smallpox will never have tuberculosis. and started to bathing her all over. 4969. 4971. Monthly cramps vanish. Sour food and drink must be avoided by menstruating women. downwards. Cure scarlet fever by the administration of cobweb pills. When I started to bathing her. it would help. with brain fever years ago. anything that lives in water.

for it draws out all the fever." 5009. You must begin the rite during the dark of the moon between midnight and the first cockcrow." 4986. "If flowing real hard. Sweaty feet are cured by running barefoot round the house in the dew on three successive mornings. when they killed in the fall." 4982. 5006. FOOT AND HAND AILMENTS (4993-5177) Ingrowing Toe-Nail . A white cotton string worn about each wrist arrests an excessive flow during menstruation. I have heard my mother say that was an old remedy of my grandma's. and she was a midwife. Then mother had father to get a pine board and take the knot out of it and shave real fine and put in a quart of whiskey. I would have to stand over the bucket and let the steam come up. put vinegar on the lower part of the stomach." 4981. if you have pains in your sides. the blood would go up. and mother would rub this bladder over our feet. I was looking out the window and saw this man walking around barefooted in the snow. 4999. Bathe your feet with beer that has stood in the sun three days. soak a cord string in holy water. Throughout the nine-day period preceding a day in any month. cut it square at the beginning of a dark moon and keep scraping the nail from the center towards the outer edges until the moon becomes light. "I believe if anyone live out in the moonlight. Sulphur may be kept in the shoes as a protection against cold or frozen feet. boil them good and keep hot. and continue this alternative process for whites. Three pieces of white thread worn in the bottom of each shoe cures sweaty feet. to free yourself from menstrual cramps. to keep them from sweating. 5011. was taking a rabbit and while warm wrap it around your feet. and just as soon as cool. "We had a man living upstairs in our house years ago and we had a big snowstorm. 5016. 5001. wash them with the water in which a hog was scalded to remove its bristles. if a person walks round the house every morning barefoot in the snow. "You can always tell if a girl is menstruating by feeling the palm of her hand: if the center is very warm and all the rest of her hand cold. that is a sure sign. If she don't stop. bind this around your waist. put one ear on each side of the leg. hold them in hot water containing horse manure. even to make my monthly come. Pour hot water over chicken dung and bathe your feet with it for frostbite. I always tell everyone not to sleep out and let the moon shine on you all night. And I took sick the next day and in a few days my monthly would not come. To prepare a salve for frostbitten feet. She got well.Sweaty Feet . I remember one night I could not sleep and I went out and lay on the top of the porch floor all night. 4994. "When I was young I wore a red string around my neck all the time to make the blood go down. Ingrowing toe-nails are prevented by trimming toe-nails on the light of the moon. the toe-nail will soon become normal. "Just before your monthly.Frostbitten (4993-5019) INGROWING TOE-NAIL 4993. 4995. 5017. "We lived in the country and mother always kept several bladders out of the hogs. To rid yourself of sweaty feet. 5008. 4991. To check cramps while menstruating. . 5003. will stop the flow. So I wore it all the time to keep my blood going down. FROSTBITTEN FEET 5005. If you get up before sunrise on the first of May and walk in the dew. Feet will not become cold or frozen. As a remedy for sweaty feet. 5002. put another two on. "My mother always made me pee on red-hot coals whenever I would get any pains in my ovaries. 5013. As a remedy for frostbitten feet. 4998. "My sister had milk leg bad and she used the yellow corn. 'What is wrong with you? Do you want to die?' He said. They gave it to me three times a day and I got all right. A person who trims an ingrowing toe-nail during the increase of the moon always has trouble with it. she is burning up her cloths every month and she is just burning up her life. roll a yarn string in sulphur and tie it around the leg. 4984. dip a sponge into this ointment. if you had frostbitten feet. For nine nights keep a pan of water beneath that part of the bed on which your feet lie and they will not sweat again." 4989. A good remedy for sweaty feet is to walk barefoot in the dew. Frostbitten feet are treated with applications of cow droppings. and the pains will leave. and if one didn't take the frost out. "A woman told me to wear a potato in a sack around my waist for falling I of the womb. "I knew a girl that always burned her monthly cloths and she got so thin and sick that they had to send for the doctor.112 4978. insert within the vagina nightly for nine nights." 4979. 5015. You prevent a burning or itching in frostbitten feet by walking barefoot three times round the house in the snow and letting the latter dry on your feet. 5004. rubbing down." 5014. the numeral of which corresponds to the date of your birth. And he told the mother. take and put some salt in the palm of your hand and take your first finger and rub it around [circular motion] in that salt three times. 5010. 'Do you mean to tell me you don't know what is wrong with this girl? Well. letting it remain there until the identical day next month. 5000. it will cause poor health. will make them sick. she will die. 4997. I tried this and know it is so. and the moon was shining right down on me. To cure an ingrowing toe-nail. put another warm rabbit skin on. Warm rabbit guts in a bucket of hot water makes a good bath for frozen feet. "Another thing they did when I was a boy [the informant was ninety-seven in 1936]. And I can't do a thing for her as long as she does. Never wash your head during menstruation. for we had so far to walk to school we were always getting our feet frozen. 4980. boil snow and lard together until all the snow water has boiled away. The burning in frostbitten feet can be removed by wiping them with an old dish rag. they would not come. 5007." 4987. then rub that finger on your sides. I said. for if I took that red string off my neck. 'Every winter I walk barefooted in the first snow and I never have cold feet all winter'. they should be bathed with your own urine." 4992. SWEATY FEET 4996." 4988. it will prevent sweaty feet. Take the ears of yellow corn. then cease during the next nine-night period. Burnt sanitary napkins bring on tuberculosis. Salt worn in your shoes helps the circulation of the blood and thus keeps your feet from becoming cold or frozen." 4983. but if it is trimmed while the moon decreases. for us children." 5012. 4985. The person who at night keeps his shoes under the bed so that the toes point inward never has sweaty feet. will turn black. 4990. Beat up a pint of holy water with similar quantities of alcohol and olive oil.

and they will go away. protects you against leg cramps. if your shoes are turned upside down with the toes pointing northward. Ward off cramps in the feet or legs with a flat file beneath the mattress of the bed. make three crosses over it: the first cross while saying Father. 5055. and to keep from having the cramps in my I legs. set your right shoe down first. FOOT OR HAND CRAMP OR PAIN 5028. 5035. If you keep your shoes higher than your head." 5043. You see. The pain will soon be gone. whenever he gets cramps in his legs in the field or any place. thought she was sick — said she would stop the cramp." 5048. "When I have cramps in my arms. 5026. 5056. I only make a cross on my arm. 5060. 5046." 5057. take and put your shoes upside down under the last chair you set on before you went to bed. the third. Never sit down with one shoe on and one off." 5061." 5054. then spit on it. . 5051. but I had cramps in my toes and I thought I would try it. I always set them with the heels up so the perspiration will run out of them. 5025." 5058. 5053. he always ties a red handkerchief around his knees to stop them. But this woman brought her out in one hour with the black silk handkerchief tied around each leg. will keep cramps away. Leg cramps may be cured with a piece of copper wire worn as a band either below or above the knee. 5036. "I have tried this and it worked: paint a circle around your ankles with black iodine and if you have cramps in your legs. I keep my Sunday shoes always sitting upside down and I don't have cramps. The person who wears a brass ring never has hand or leg cramps. 5021. You can remove a pain from your foot by binding a small fish to the bare sole. "I didn't believe this. 5063. 5039. walk barefoot in the early morning dew. As a riddance of cramps in the feet or legs. but some say the head of the bed. "I never have cramps when I do this. 5041. One rids himself of cramps in the legs by spitting on a finger and marking with this saliva a cross against the bare sole of each foot. both toes pointing the same way. or under the pillow. wear grape leaves in your shoes." 5040." 5034. it will give you cramps in your feet. Cramps in the feet or legs are prevented by keeping a sack of camphor tied under each knee. the second. Elder leaves are worn in the bottoms of the shoes for sore feet. Some say the end of the scissors must be pointed. arrange your shoes so that the toes point toward the east." 5042. If you have a pain in your leg or arm. If whiskey is kept in the shoes. Keep a piece of iron at the foot of the bed for cramps in the legs. I have tried this. not round." 5037. A pair of scissors under the sheet or mattress. 5047." 5062. A leather strap about the wrist prevents cramps in the arms. If you dip a string into pine tar and tie it about your ankle. Several times I have forgot and I get cramps in my feet. sore feet are prevented. sprinkle red pepper into your shoes. 5027. She was so scared that she turn black and went to bending over with cramp. your left behind it. tie up real good and put under the sheet near your legs. 5022. 5023. others say they must be open. On going to bed. but some say the head of the bed. A baby weaned in the sign of the feet (Pisces) never has sore feet. According to a Civil-War veteran this was a common practice among his comrades. they will leave. 5024. set your shoes against the south wall and with the toes together. and I have them a lot. "I always do this to keep cramps away: if you have cramps in your legs. make three crosses over it as a cure. Some say the rock must be white. "My father always laced his shoes up with copper wire and put a piece of paper under the tongue [of the shoe] to keep from having cramps in his feet. Holy Ghost. A sack of alum kept in the bed is good for cramps in the feet. Zinc insoles in your shoes cures sore feet. and I set my shoes up against the wall with toes out. "My husband does this all the time: put three hops in a tobacco sack. "My own aunt had cramps in her legs. and she was well in one hour. and it stopped my cramp. 5032." 5044. 5052.113 5018. Either a rock or a brick kept in or under the bed will prevent cramps in your legs. Sore Feet . "Take new muslin that has never been used for anything and make a wide garter. If you have a pain in your leg or arm. your feet will not suffer from cold or frostbite. Chilblain is cured by trimming your toe-nails and placing them outdoors under a bucket. A woman came in and wanted to know what was wrong --. To be freed from foot or leg cramps during the night. You will not suffer from cramps in the feet or legs. Run up and down the road barefoot before sunrise on Good Friday and you will not have sore feet all year. will keep you from having cramps in your legs when in bed.she was all bended over. 5049. She went home and got two black-silk handkerchiefs and tied one around each leg. "My uncle. 5030. You can get rid of leg cramps by letting your shoes rest anywhere beneath the bed. and he caught her. and wear around your leg. "I do this when I go to bed: when you go to bed at night. To cure sore feet. You can get rid of leg cramps by letting your shoes rest upside down anywhere beneath the bed. 5019. my aunt had put vinegar in her husband's whiskey to break him. As a prevention of sore feet. Cramps in your leg are stopped by crossing the other leg over the one that hurts. As a protection against cramps in the legs. always set your shoes by the bed like you were walking away from the bed. 5029. not closed. 5050.Corns (5020-5144) SORE FEET 5020. will stop cramps. 5031. When you go to bed. "My mother wore an eelskin around her knee to keep from having cramp in her lower legs. 5033. others say the foot of the bed. 5038. others say the foot of the bed. "Whenever I take my shoes off.Foot or Hand Cramp or Pain ." 5045. take off your left shoe first and lay it upside down in the corner of room that is nearest to your bed and on the left-hand side. Son. and you will not have foot cramps during the night. you will have cramps in your legs. 5059. A bracelet of copper wire on the wrist is good for cramps in the arm.

Corns are removed by paring them with the razor of a dead man. As poultices on corns. others say inward. I am sorry to say it. Rub your dish rag over your corn. 5066. 5112. Heat some sap from cherry tree and spread it over a corn. Some add. but I only gave her $4. one on each leg above the knee. and the corn will fall off if soaked in warm water." 5076. I tried everything." 5096. Always keep one shoe across the other at night and you will not catch leg cramps. 5111. if I didn't tie twelve red yarn strings around my leg that has the cramp. 5072. He stood working on a ladder all day. Foot cramps while in bed may be avoided by setting your shoes in the shape of the letter T.00 if you take it off.' She took some chewing-gum. "Chewing-gum is very good for a corn.114 5064. Keep your shoes crossed and upside down under the bed. "My grandmother always wore two skunk hide strips. stuff your socks into your shoes and lay the latter upside down under the bed. 'I can cure your corn. The alternate ritual of painting your corn with bluing three nights in succession and then refraining for an equal length of time will eventually remove it. 5113. the inner lining from a rooster gizzard may be used. to keep away cramps in the legs. Steal a dirty dish rag. I was working up in the North Bottom and a girl said. if above the knee. 5075. if both legs. and further. To stop cramps or pains in your arms or legs. She was afraid of blood poison. and the toes point outward. at night set your shoes upside down with both toes pointing away from the bed and make over them the sign of the cross three times: the first one while saying Father. the second. your corn soon disappears. If you have cramps below the knee. 5067. we lived on a farm and I did the milking. and point outward. As a protection against leg cramps. the colder the water. to obtain relief from cramps in the legs. and when he feels a cramp coming on. red. Soreness in a corn is relieved with applications of yellow clay. you will no longer have the corn. If you walk barefoot through the dew on the first three mornings of May. tie a string about the aching place. 5098. apply coal oil for nine nights. 5110. 5114. and your corn will soon be gone. walk away without looking back. a woman. "My mother had a bad corn. he puts his socks on. To prevent cramps in arms or legs." 5108. or at the bottom of the bed. 5068. then put it on my corn. Holy Ghost. walking in all the fresh droppings I could find. 5086. or above the knee. if it is applied on seven nights and seven mornings. 5106. A man can get rid of leg cramps by wearing in bed at night a woman's stockings. 5107. 5069. "There would be many a night that I would not sleep. You lose a corn. 5088. 5090. so she put the blood on a piece of bacon and buried the bacon back of the barn. or sprinkle some of it in your shoes. One of your soiled socks or stockings kept beneath the bed protects you against cramps in the legs. when this wears off the coin. 5104. 5097. the better. As a remedy for leg cramps. and I lost both of my corns. 5080. for they stop the cramps. Put a bowl or pan of water under your bed at night as a remedy for cramps in the feet. thought I would try it. They are generally kept beneath the bed. 5099. chews it. 5073. Son. 5071.' I said." 5081. bury these leaves. 5079. Three strands of red or white yarn tied below the knee or worn as a garter will cure cramps in the legs. or against each foot at night. 5078. Cotton. stand with your back to the fence. if a person walks barefoot in the dew for three successive nights or mornings." In this rite they are usually set under the bed. and she didn't get a sore foot. say the Three Highest Names. One day she was cutting it and she cut it so. 'I will give you $5. As a treatment for cramps in the legs. or white string about the ankle. bury the rag. One loses a corn by feeding the trimmings to a chicken. and you will lose the corn. letting it remain there three days. exchange your cotton socks for woolen ones. form the letter V. To cure leg cramps: some say your shoes must be laid under the bed so that the toes point outward. rub it over your corn for seven mornings. A pan of water kept under the bed for seven days cures cramps in the feet. 5102. form the letter V. keep a sack of sulphur in a pocket. In treating a corn. Smear a dime with blood from your corn. tie a black. A callus on the sole can be cured. "My dad always did this before he went to bed to keep from having cramps in his legs. Bottle a few live black spiders and keep them in the foot of your bed as a remedy against cramps at night. a man's socks. "I had two bad corn." 5082. use two strings. tie it anywhere above the knee. "I do this every night before I go to bed to keep cramp out of my leg. I had a very bad corn on my little toe. . She did this three times. go to the back fence. 5092. 5087. I lost my corn. Just before going to bed. And he said if you would put your shoes in one another." 5089. make three crosses over them. In treating foot or leg cramps. and the corn will have disappeared after the leaves decay. one rubs over it a candle with which he stroked a corpse. and the corn didn't come back. To cure a corn. 5085. You can cure cramps in one leg by tying a black string around the opposite leg. bury it in the ground and it will never bother you again. if on three consecutive nights you dip a piece of raw boiling-beef into vinegar and use it as a poultice. 5091. 5095. always scatter the parings over an ant mound. Coal oil removes a corn. or just below the knee. set your shoes under the bed so that the toes touch. you would never have cramps in bed. 5115. 5101. Sometimes the string is dipped into kerosene or turpentine. Hang up your stockings by the toes at night to prevent cramps in your legs. 5109. set your shoes under the bed so that the heels touch. jerk off some leaves as you pass a cherry tree and wipe them over your corn. 5094.seven separate beliefs. tie a white string in a bow knot round your arm or leg. 5077. throw the rag across your shoulder and over the fence. and someone told me this. and the third. For foot or leg cramps. A silver ring on the hand will protect you against cramps in the fingers. To rid yourself of a corn." 5100. After you have taken off a corn. some say the shoes should be completely beneath the bed. Earwax is a good corn salve. 5074. Without being seen by anyone. 5103. She was glad to get that and I was glad to lose my corn. tie a string anywhere below the knee. "I wear a string with a dime on it on my leg all the time to keep away cramp. The string is tied on the leg affected. put your shoes upside down at the head of the bed. it went to bleeding real hard. This statement condenses twenty. CORNS 5093. silk or yarn may be used. and sleep in the latter as a protection against toe cramps. others say half the shoes only." 5065. 5084. "My husband keeps his socks on the bed all the time. In treating foot or leg cramps. 5083. So I took off my shoes and stockings and went milking in my bare feet.00. 5070. Sometimes the white string is a candlewick. 5105. A corn or bunion can be cured by rubbing it three times with the kernel of a buckeye.

A callus pared during a rain never returns. remove your shoes and place them so that the toes point under the bed. it hurt me all the time. Dr. To cure a corn. And I got well. corn. 5153. 5149. 5126. If a dirty dish rag is rubbed over a corn three times and secretly buried in the back yard. Whittle a match to a sharp peg. 5131. then touch your corn. 5123. if it is rubbed with saliva on a piece of cotton. Cook a hill of ants in a bag and use it as a poultice for gout. I let that dog lay on my leg all the time." 5129. Mr.. If your corn aches. and before you speak to anyone. Son and Holy Ghost. Next morning. "I had a corn." 5148. Enter your bedroom in the darkness. cover it with saliva. go away: In the Name of the Father. 5117. In two week's time the swelling started to go down. You must do this for nine nights and mornings. Z. And I got well from the old German remedy. and finally. You must not speak while doing this or again that night. "I did this. Wait one night and the corn will be gone. remove rag and onion. and say Good night.six weeks. I can't do anything. it drops off during the seventh night. [another well-known Quincy physician] and he made me call Z. 5136. 5120. [a well-known Quincy physician] was my doctor. 5121. You are lucky you are here. One can take away a corn.115 5116. You can get rid of a corn by washing it three times: first. 'Dr. Swelling . 5151. And my corn hurts now [only] when it is going to rain. Some add. Treat a corn by spitting on it for nine nights or mornings. lard.' So I got a young dog that was fat and well. "My mother tried this and the corn went: when you go to bed at night. 5125. 'I am going to try an old German remedy and leave the doctors alone. Each night before going to bed and every morning after getting up. "My sister had a bad corn and for a week [seven days] every morning she would rub her spit over it before she took a drink or spoke and it went away. Unsalted lard bandaged to a corn for five mornings and five nights takes it off. Corn. Onion juice rubbed on a corn for seven nights will cure it. others say they will decrease as the moon decreases. bandage it with a piece of linen taken from a corpse. Gout may be cured by applying a mixture of goat-milk butter and cow manure. and I lost my corn. When you get up in the morning." 5141. A corn may be anointed with a mixture of dandruff from a hog's back. is doing all he can. as soon as you awake. 5142. He liked Dr.Splinter . so I sit down on the back porch and took off my stocking and did this. 5138. My corn went away. for your feet will hurt all the time. 5135. 5119. In the last quarter of the moon. take off shoes and stockings. You should pare a corn when the moon is full and. blow your nose and say Good morning. This rids you of the corn. He said that three times." GOUT 5150. It was twice the size it should be. every morning thereafter until the new moon.' 'Never do that. 5118. When I came home from the hospital I had a blood clog [clot] on my leg. My father took me to a man and he spoke over it. blow your nose.Sprain (5145-5177) SWELLING ON FEET 5145. Next morning." 5137. 5144. 'I don't know. for I had a corn. in soda water. 'Where do you keep your shoes or slippers?' I said. Son and Holy Ghost. spit on your corn until it disappears. Bathe a foot callus with water in which a slaughtered hog was scalded to soften the bristles. In three day's time I felt a tingle in my leg. 5143. making a cross over your corn. Rid yourself of a corn by rubbing it with your first spittle in the morning. "I had a real bad corn on my foot. next. X. Some people laugh at you. Son and Holy Ghost just as the moon is taking off. if the extracted splinter is buried.Nail Wound . and bind a piece of onion on the corn. And my father had to take me three mornings. and throw that away. NAIL WOUND . look at the moon. and throw that away. in vinegar. it must be rubbed In the Name of the Father. 'In a wall-pocket on the door.Gout . He came and he said. and drop them into a hole so that they disappear from view after falling. Some say corns trimmed in the dark of the moon neither bleed so much nor grow so fast. This prevents the growth of corns. 5146. corn." 5128. 5132. As a method for removing a callus on the bottom of the foot. Garlic worn in your shoes cures a corn. 5147. A white swelling on the leg can be cured with an application of cow manure. I said. I could not wear my shoes. hold it in hot salt water under a dark moon. Swollen feet (particularly during pregnancy) can be cured or relieved by keeping both shoes beneath the foot of the bed. when will that leave?' He said. Then I said to my husband. don't spit until you wash your hands. 5133. A wound caused by a splinter in the foot will not become infected. saying In the Name of the Father. If you swathe a corn with lard nightly for seven nights. X. 5122. I could not get my shoe on. 5127." 5139. In ridding yourself of a corn. press it round your corn. Put them on the floor. Remove a splinter from the hand by covering it with rabbit grease. To remove a swelling on the leg. SPLINTER 5152. 'Dr.' I went for three months without putting my shoe on. in warm water. This is so. moving in a circle. the corn will disappear as the dish rag rots. 5124. 5130. and throw that away. 5140. Corn. Some say this must be rendered from the fat at the back of a rabbit's neck. I will try an old remedy now any day before I send for a doctor. And in six week's time I could put my shoe on. but I don't care.' I did. Mr. and let that dog lay on my leg right where the blood clog was. Someone said. A lemon rubbed over a corn on nine nights soon removes the corn. They say a person who accidentally hits his corn during a peal of thunder will soon lose it. spit on your finger and say to the moon. and turpentine. say Corn. Then take that spit and rub on your corn. Do this for nine mornings and your corn will go away. I was sick for a long time in the hospital --. X. you must not speak or do anything before trying this remedy. and then hammer the peg into the north side of a tree. "I had a swelling in my foot. take off your stocking. set your shoes upside down at night.' My husband didn't like my doctor. 5134. Night and morning for six months rub saliva on a corn to make it leave. not from the doctor's.

and for three weeks and three times a day to catch it. if the nail is hidden where no one can see or find it. the rags you use to bandage it with. The person who steps on a nail should burn it up at once to prevent blood poisoning. it will draw all the poison out of your body. 5175. and her goitre got well on the left side and never did get well on the right side. That old piece of fat was just full of nails and tacks. SPRAIN 5173. You can see for yourself it is gone. 5161. Goitres are removed by applying human afterbirth. so the smooth side of the bean leaves would be next to my goitre. and if on the right side. 5184. I pulled the nail out of the board. nothing she tried helped her. the swelling will soon go down and lockjaw will be prevented. the wound will not bleed very much and will heal rapidly. 5171. If you bury the nail on which you have stepped. One day he said. "Ninety years ago my mother run a rusty nail in the bottom of her foot. That was the only thing that saved him. to rub a dead hand over it.' And he did. As a treatment for a sprained ankle or wrist. The nail is usually greased. put it in my bedroom window for nine days. And that was all I did. if it gets wet." 5167. "My father. up here on a farm near Ursa was running a hog. let a piece of red flannel smolder over hot coals and hold your foot in the smoke. Sometimes the nail is wrapped in a greasy dish rag. Someone told her about the dead hand. Someone told her to wear a big bag of asafetida around her neck. 5186. He was suffering so." 5185." 5182. when I was young. Son and Holy Ghost. I didn't. hot. It hung way down over my breast. for she had buried the poison. "If you have a goitre. always put them in a rat hole so the rat will take the poison away. take the dead person's left hand and rub over your goitre on the left side. take the dead person's right hand and rub on the right side. Tie a piece of rattlesnake skin around your wrist to keep it from spraining or straining while chopping wood. "Just this week the little boy across the street run a nail in his foot. If the beads turn black. 5163. grease the nail and carry it in your pocket. Bury the beads for a while and you will bury the poison. 5183. For an inflamed wound made by stepping on a nail. and lay the dead hand back in the same position that it was in. "I had a friend that had a goitre bad. He jump over a hedge fence after the hog and jump on one of those old short weed stumps [a scythe in cutting weeds leaves certain types of cut-off weeds with sharp stumps] --. the nail on which you have stepped must be placed higher than your head --. The doctor came for about a week and he was getting no better --. Hog manure poultices are applied to a nail wound in the foot. three times a day. 5187. GOITRE (5178-5232) 5178." 5157." 5168. the ailment will fade away as the bone decays. rubbed it over her goitre three times. The doctor didn't draw the pieces of sock out of the foot. you should go to a corpse. My brother step on a nail in the barn lot and she made us children find a rat hole to put the bandages in. and whenever we children or the horses step on a nail. My sister had a bad goitre and when our mother died she took her left hand rubbed it allover her left side. he would of died." 5158. and in a year my brother . She buried the beads. 5174. A bag of alum worn about the neck is good for goitre. And my mother got well. and put it around my neck. If you step on a nail.116 5154. 5155. you will have a sore or an infected foot. Never only take one hand and rub all around your neck." 5156. 5188. He put it on the bottom of his foot. there he said.went right up through his shoe. and it cured me. the goitre will not grow any more. "My aunt had a bad goitre. 5170. 5176. or up in the chimney." 5180. "My son step on a nail three years ago and we drop the nail in the coal oil can and it is still there. Black beads on the neck prevent goitre. scratch three crosses on a pine board with the nail and then throw the nail away as a precaution against infection. he would stick it in that fat and leave the nail in it. 5166. 'Go out and get a fresh cow pancake and we will put her foot in it. for the cow pancake drawed out all the poison. 5181. 5165. Blood poison had set in. A sprained ankle or wrist is cured with applications of your own urine. "I had a very bad goitre. A nail wound in the foot does not become sore. As a remedy for a nail wound.suffering all the time. 'I am getting tired of the Quincy doctor coming out here and only using bread poultice." 5189.on a shelf. If you step on a nail.' They did. Yellow clay and salt make a good poultice for a sprain. After the supporting string rots. The nail on which you have stepped must be covered with lard and buried under the eaves to effect a cure. he sent to Quincy for a doctor just as soon as he got to the house. 5162. wrap an eelskin around it three times and leave this bandage on. put it some place where it cannot get wet. If a person with big neck (goitre) walks through a field. You can cure a sprain in the leg or wrist by tying a woolen cord about it. Always put it in a window for nine days to keep from having any trouble. She had a fine string of amber beads. and if your goitre is on the left side." 5190. I am going to try my grandfather's remedy. A piece of chammy (shammy) round your neck protects you against goitre. She did and it cure her goitre. He never had any trouble with his foot. but we never had a sore foot. taking pieces of his sock and some of the bottom of his shoe along. picks up the first animal bone found. suffered for years with it. When she dug them up they looked like new again. If you grease the nail on which you have stepped and drive it into the ground. To avert soreness or blood poisoning. The next day he had someone go out and catch hot cow manure --. If you wear amber beads. If he had of kept on the Quincy doctor. buries it at its original location. 5177. And this girl took the dead person's hand. 5159. "Years ago my brother. pieces of sock and leather started to come out. that is the poison in your body. over a door. rubs that over his swelling. She wore them. "This was my mother's saying: if you step on a nail. And the first day." 5172. never burn them." 5160. 5179. They all turn black on her. was to take nine different kind of bean leaves and put them on a cloth. Guard against blood poisoning after you have stepped on a nail by applying tobacco to the wound In the Name of the Father. Guard against or cure a goitre by wearing a necklace of coral beads. and I went over and rubbed soap all over it [the nail] and drove the nail in the north side of a tree and he didn't have any trouble at all. Blood poison set in and they had sent for the doctor and when he got. until he got it all out and got well. A necklace of red beads about the neck frees you from a goitre. "My brother saw a little girl fourteen years old with a bad goitre. 5164. 5169. They also rid you of one. kept a piece of fat hanging up in the barn. "My sister had a goitre. the affliction disappears. Never take it out. She tried it and lived for years without it growing any more or suffering with it. departs without glancing back. "I step on a nail in a board several months ago. She went to where a dead person was laid out.

117 met this girl and her goitre was gone. But she didn't lose hers until after six months. A woman loses her goitre by passing the hand of a dead man over it three times. for I had a very bad goitre. I just know she took a potato and rubbed over her wen. She was always telling me to cut a potato in three pieces and rub over my goitre. "My grandmother that lives in Quincy wears garlic all the time around her goitre and she can see where it is going down. your goitre will soon be gone. braid the hair. 5202. take my goitre with you. We had some shells in the yard. after the tree grows and breaks the band of hair about its trunk. Whenever I take it off. if you braid some of your hair. And when I buried them. but she would not tell me. throw the snake away. rub back and forth over it the hand of a dead person three times --." 5206. "I know this will cure it. rub a greasy dish rag over it and bury the rag.but be sure not to remove the hand until the rubbing is finishing. 5200. then lays it in the coffin or drops it into the grave. "I have a sister living in California that has a very bad goitre and I am going to send her out a box of wart frogs this spring. Son and Holy Ghost. if I had of rubbed it on sooner. One night I almost choked to death and they took me right to the hospital." 5217. 5211 "I had a bad goitre. Then I went in the room and shut the door. and it cured her goitre. 5205. so I washed them and scraped them into powder. say In the Name of the Father. goitre. And my lump disappear right after that. applies this meat to his goitre. The cure will be complete after the necklace has been completely unstrung. I said In the Name of the Father. It worried me. saying the Three Highest Names: Father. I would beg and beg her to tell me how she lost her wen. And I went to the four corners of the road and stood right in the middle and squeeze the lump. so she tried it too. The wearing of a gold-bead necklace cures a goitre. even the doctor. "My sister had a large wen on the back of her head and it went away without her having a doctor. 5193. "My niece had a goitre and she put a blacksnake around her neck three times and let it crawl away. I guess she was afraid to tell me. sleep on it every night. wrap it round your neck. Blue silk ribbon about the neck removes a goitre. She was afraid it would come back. and. the doctor wanted to take it out. Black silk ribbon kept round your neck makes a goitre leave. Son and Holy Ghost. 5197. In curing a goitre. as the goitre grows smaller. having pressed its belly over your neck three times." 5225. This makes a good ointment for Goitres. 5198. will soon be cured. You free yourself from a goitre by binding a live toad to the neck. and release the snake after reciting: "Goitre. Every night paint your knees with iodine. 5210." 5201. I didn't care what they said. And in three weeks after he was buried. To get rid of a goitre. the goitre will disappear after the dish rag rots. I lost my goitre. So one day I did. Do this for seven consecutive nights." 5216. Twist a live garter snake round your neck so that the tail rests in its mouth. all by myself in the dark. provided a live snake is dragged across it. 5219. and the goitre will soon be lost." 5215. I kept putting it off. If you skin a garter snake and wear it tied round the neck until the skin wears off. The goitre will disappear and the frog will die. 5194." 5214. 5208. I have told a lot of people this remedy that have Goitres. This is the truth. Kill a garter snake. and you can force a goitre down through your body and out the feet. If you let some of your hair touch your goitre. If you steal a dish rag. Son and Holy Ghost." 5212. If you tie a black velvet band round your neck and each morning cut a little of the tape off to tighten the band. 5199. made it into three doses. go away. Drop a live frog into a skillet of hot lard and let it fry until dead. But I say it is good. 5224. Son and Holy Ghost. when a woman told me to put a silver knife in the pillowslip. Several people told me I was crazy. Gaze at the moon the first time it begins to wane. for my goitre was gone. for no one must see or know that you are doing it. and making the cross over my goitre. As a treatment for goitre. Son and Holy Ghost. Well. I get a choking spell right away. my goitre was way down. keep it wrapped about your goitre for three nights. Before the sun rises another day. Move the belly of a live frog over your goitre three times and throw the frog over your left shoulder. leave it on until sundown. A necklace of Job's tears is good for goitre. 5207. put one dose on the end of a knife. saying In the Name of the Father. Job's tears may be used for a goitre. and put your thumb on the lump and say What I see is increasing. 5213. It is six years since I did this and my goitre has not come back. If you kneel down near a dead person and ask the Lord to transfer your goitre to the corpse.making six times in all --." . You take toads. 5195. one tear must be taken from the necklace every few days. and that I would wake up some morning without my goitre. and bind around your neck for a goitre. I did this for three nights. lift up a live toad and. and said this. if she touches it thrice with the hand of a dead man while repeating In the Name of the Father. for I had a goitre and I put a wide silk piece around my neck and it left. A live toad passed over the neck takes off a goitre. bury the rag. always painting downward. you will be rid of your goitre. "I [a woman] had a bad goitre. or. I tried it every night for five months and one morning woke up without my goitre. I tried everything and nothing help. a man. looking at the moon. Well. 5221. Then my uncle died. some call them wart frogs." 5218. your goitre will be gone. 5203. "I had a very bad lump [goitre] on my throat. 5196. A goitre will no longer trouble you. looking at the moon when it was taking off. the hand of a dead woman. "I had a goitre when eighteen years old and some old woman told my mother about mussel shells." 5191. I didn't wait long enough to see if my goitre went away without the doctor. restore the toad to the exact spot on the ground from which you lifted it. cut this off and wrap it about your neck. the goitre will waste away as the body decomposes. Goitre on a woman can be removed. cut this off and tie it around a small tree. 5222. 5220. This is true too: I told another woman that had a goitre up near our place [near Fowler] after I lost mine. 5209. Everyone could see the change in it. but. And someone told me this: go to the four-crossed roads when the moon is increasing and look up at the moon. then tie around a small tree. I took my uncle's dead hand and rub over my goitre three times. 5204. so no one could walk over it. "I have a goitre and I keep a nutmeg around my neck all the time. 5192. but they are afraid to try it. 5223. I know the potato would of helped me. I guess the doctor was mad because I didn't have to pay him big money. while rubbing your goitre. and took the pieces a-way-way out in the country and buried them right up against a tree. The person who wipes a piece of bacon on the hand of a dead person. cut open alive. what I squeeze is decreasing.

5234. She went to her just when the moon was changing from light to dark. Hold wilted horse-radish leaves to the back of the head and slowly move them down the entire length of your body. Never throw any of your hair out into the yard. Of course I don't believe this.118 5226. if you wear those old-time wooden beads around your neck. it will stop the headache. A goitre is taken off by keeping a black string tied round the neck. Hair cut after dark gives you a headache. and tied a string around the snake's neck. then divide the ashes in nine equal parts. 5264." 5227. apply a hot flatiron to your feet so that it will draw the blood down from your head into the feet. take the hair out of a horse's tail and mane. and replace it on your neck. Son and Holy Ghost. One strand of your hair cut off every morning for five days is a headache remedy. 5253. sleep on this. A woman rids herself of frequent headaches by keeping a rubber hairpin in her hair for nine months and then burying it before sunrise. 5229. you will soon lose a headache. then took it off. 5254. and that was when I was sixteen years old. 5238. Always wear a few strands of your hair in a braid and you will not be bothered with a headache. Hair cut in the dark of the moon gives you a headache. Some say the burning of hair combings or cuttings causes a headache. 5248. 5242. 5268. 5256. 5251. To sit in the house with your hat on produces a headache. 5230. 5247. 5258. And in nine months after that the goitre had gone. then she buried the string under a rock.let me wear a black band around my neck. You can cure a headache with a red hanakerchief tied round your forehead. These pains will not leave unless you recover the hair. 5237. then took it off and wrapped it around again three times. 5243. red beads and amber beads. hair must be cut and buried beneath a rock. will always be immune from headaches. 5244. According to some." 5228." 5239. dip into turpentine. 5265. This last time he let it stay on his sister's neck until she started to getting blue in the face. After birds have found your discarded combings and made a nest of them. A match worn in your hair wards off a headache. 5236. 5246. cut its head right off. then wrapped that snake around his sister's neck three times. Powder the dried lining of a chicken gizzard and give for a headache. "My great-great-grandmother's saying was. and bury this in the woods while saying In the Name of the Father. For getting rid of pains in a severe headache. and went nine nights." 5231. she went at one o'clock at night. In the latter case your headaches will be worse. A cap or hat woven of hair from a mare's tail is good for headaches. for it will cause a headache. And I lost my goitre. that it was an old gypsy remedy. To pin on the clothesline a woman's dress or a man's shirt by the hem. If you dig seven holes in the ground and stick your head into each hole every morning for nine days. saves it. and you will lose your goitre. I am sixty-two years old and it never come back. "An old saying of my grandmother's was: if you have the headache. Headache is prevented by keeping your combings in a dark place. Persons trimming their finger-nails or toe-nails on Monday never suffer from headaches. you will have headaches until the hair decays. 5263. 5261. The person who cuts his hair in March may expect headaches all year. you must destroy the nest by burning it. Having folded a white linen handkerchief like a diaper. You rid yourself of headaches. then again three times. Some say the burying of hair combings or cuttings causes a headache. it was my grandmother's saying too. take some hair off the top of your head and bury the hair. Then she took the string off and soaked it in iodine. 5241. He went and killed a blacksnake. and left it on until she made three times nine trips [that is. 5257. As a treatment for headache. The child whose mother clips some hair from its head immediately after birth. 5232. and gave me one of the nine parts for nine mornings in the decreasing of the moon. you will never have goitre. and the goitre went away." 5250. She took a white cord string and tied around the woman's neck the first night. and while burying it she asked God to remove the goitre off of Helen or whoever's it is neck. and stopped nine nights. 5249. A goitre is prevented or cured by keeping a red string tied round the neck. 5240. 5267. Copper wire round the neck preserves you from headaches. said it would cure a goitre.when one day an old gypsy woman came along and she told mother about the sponge. Repeat this alternate rite until you have had the handkerchief about your neck nine nights. when it rots. others say this means headaches until the hair rots. My mother tried everything she could think of --. 5235. A buckeye carried in your pocket or the band of your hat prevents headache." 5266. unless the mare was in heat when you secured the hair. 5262. your headache will not come back. In curing a headache. 5252. Pluck a few hairs from your eyebrows and forehead just as the moon begins to wane and. A man's hat falling to the floor will make his head ache that day. Repeat this rite on three wanings of the moon and your headaches will disappear. "When I was a girl sixteen years old I had a goitre. Then leave this bandage off during the next three nights. This forces a headache downwards and out through your feet. drop the cuttings into a small sack. cut your finger-nails and toe-nails. Birds picking up and making a nest of your hair will bring you a headache — headaches the rest of your life say some. Headaches come from mice or rats getting your discarded hair. bury them at the garden gate in ground over which you frequently walk." HEADACHE (5233-5300) 5233. others say this protects you against headaches. fold it again in the same manner. then went again nine nights. Do not singe your hair after cutting it. if your finger-nails or toe-nails are trimmed every Friday. buries it when the baby is a year old. 5245. 5259. 5255. but nothing help --. "A woman had a goitre and another woman said she would take it off. . A woman can drive away her headache by letting a man squeeze her head. you will not lose your headaches until the nest is destroyed. until she had gone three periods of nine successive nights separated by two of the same duration]. 5260. "I remember my mother saying. It was their old sayings. So mother got a sponge and burn it. redip into turpentine. "My father always wore an eelskin around his head to keep from having headache. A person subject to frequent headaches can check the attacks by wearing gold earrings. brings a headache to the wearer. thus letting it hang upside down. while invoking the Three Highest Names. and bind to your neck for three nights. "A man's sister had a goitre. So I think this very good. She asked this three times. 5269.

5275.] Been wearing it for four years to keep from having the headache. 'I will not let you put that dirty poultice on me. a man must tie a black silk cord around his waist. HICCOUGH 5314. In treating mumps. Headache is driven away by hanging one of your pulled teeth about the neck. 5307. anoint them with Negro hair fried in lard. 5294. she will be sick with a headache all day. Drop your first pulled tooth into a bird nest and you will never be troubled by headaches. To be freed from headaches. 5290. 5272." 5285. the pain will go out through your elbow. rubbing it over your head. wash your head with snow-water on Good Friday. 5287. . 5306. If you put on your left shoe first. a second a little higher. 5283. a fourth and larger plaster so that it covers all three. 5309. 5303. A woman should never fold her nightgown and lay it under her pillow when making the bed. For a crick in your neck. Of course this was years ago. My mother took some of the slop around our hog trough and made hot poultices and put on our mumps. 5292. "My father wore a rattlesnake rattler pin in the top of his hat to keep away the headache. ' And she got very sick. One remedy for a headache is to find a spider on the ceiling and watch it drop to the floor. 5271.Hiccough . 5295." 5299. just like a curler. Keep doing this. 5281. I lived out back from Mendon. a black velvet band should be wrapped about your head. "My mother always did this as soon as she started to get the headache and it would stop --. Use a mixture of warmed cow and hog manure as an application for mumps. then shake all the water off your hand before you put it back in the pan of water. 'I have such a bad headache. Red ribbon tied round your neck stops a headache. a third just above these. but if you iron up. they will never bear any children. If you put a small mustard plaster on the calf of your leg. "Look! I am wearing a rattle with twelve rattles and one button in my hair. "About seventy-two years ago [1862] my brother. "I know a person that carries a black walnut in their pocket all the time to keep headache away. if a live toad is bound to her forehead. Wear a woolen string as a necklace to prevent cramps in the neck. 5277. Let a dog sleep near the pillow of a person having mumps and the disease will be transferred to the animal. dip your hand in cold water. If you lay a piece of blanket over a stiff neck and iron down on the blanket. 5282. As a protection against headaches. 5308. a sick headache will go away. Mumps will not go down on the person who keeps a red string tied around the neck.119 5270. My brother and I let mother put it on us and we were not sick at all. to wear in my hat. Headache is cured by wearing a nutmeg on a red string round your neck." 5305. Tea from sparrow droppings is administered for headaches. "My grandmother did this to keep headache away: took a piece of rattlesnake skin and rolled some of her hair on it.Sideache . Salt eaten every morning for ten days will cure a headache. After that." 5293. You must throw your headache away every time. The lucky stone from a perch head when carried in your hair is good for a headache. 5300. you will get a headache. "Years ago I took mumps in the morning. others say. The first snake of the year killed and made into a hatband is a good headache remedy." Sometimes two are worn in the hat. To keep mumps from going down. 5310.wear a green velvet ribbon around the neck. 5312. sister and I had the mumps bad. about her neck. a woman. "My grandmother had headache bad all the time and someone told her this. MUMPS (5301-5310) 5301. Headache is cured by wearing a nutmeg round your neck. every spring I tried to get as many rattlesnake skins as I could. 5274. 5278. 5273. rubbed my neck over the hog trough. and a school girl we went with. She said she never had the headache again after she started to wearing them. and I didn't have the headache after I started to wearing them. Babies should never be weaned in the sign of the head (Aries). 5276. I wish I had some medicine. My mother took me out to the hog trough. they will have headaches all through life." 5288.' He said. "If you have the headache.Swimming Cramps (5311-5365) CRICK 5311. rub it on a tree against which a hog has rubbed itself. the stiffness will spread to every part of your body. 5280. 'Take your fingers and rub under your arms real hard. A person can rid himself of mumps by rubbing his jaws three times on a trough where hogs rub themselves. [These were attached to her side comb which she removed so that they could be seen. A white string tied round the waist keeps mumps from going down or falling on a person. But my sister almost died. 5298. just got my neck full of that old green slime. A powdered wasp nest poulticed to the forehead will draw from your brain all the gas that is causing your headache. My sister said. And she got three rattlesnake rattlers and always kept them tied in the back of her hair. Women who have mumps should keep a string or towel tied around the body just above the breasts to prevent the disease from going down." 5297. 5284. Hiccough is sometimes caused by an absent person talking about you --. for if it goes down. your head to the east. Headaches will no longer trouble a woman. I was well by night. then smell them. But never let any water stay on your hand that went over your head. And our school girl friend let her mother put one on her and she got along fine. 5291. MUSCULAR COMPLAINTS Crick . 5302. A headache is caused by setting your shoes under the bed at night." 5279. They wore long hair in those days and no one could see the rattlers in her knot. 5296. "One day I was working out in the field and I said to a man. An effective remedy for headache is a potato kept in your pocket until it withers. 5289.usually telling a lie. 5313. "When I was a girl I had to work hard in the harvest fields and always had the headache until an old man told me to get a rattlesnake skin in the spring about the first of April — that is about the time they come out. The person who while lying down hears the first whippoorwill of the season will be annoyed with headaches all year.' I did and my headache went right away. Some say a headache comes from sleeping with your head to the west. In those days snakes were very numerous. for you will be putting the headache back and will keep it." 5286." 5304.

In getting rid of hiccough. An uncommon variant of this remedy requires that you keep both feet together throughout the rite. "I was down here in Payson several years ago and several men were talking about a woman that had dying hiccups. "If someone is hiccoughing. 5328. saying Hiccough if you can. six. 5323. As a remedy for hiccough. the knife will cut away your hiccough. and when they are on a level with your nose. 5344. hold your index fingers out in front of you and try to see how near you can bring them together without touching. For a severe attack of hiccough. If a woman catches a pain in her side and happens to be wearing an apron. If you hold a knife crosswise in your mouth while drinking water. keep twisting as you slowly raise the two strings upwards. 5325. and hiccough will disappear. I'll give you a dollar if you can. you hold your thumbs on the two nerves in the wrist on their right arm. 5331. spit on the underside. the knife will cut away your hiccough. 5319. and then lay a safety pin on top of it. then told the woman to drink all the water without touching the knife. stuck the knife in a glass of water." 5351. 5346. You avoid a swimmer's cramp by wearing sewed in a bag the lucky stone from the head of a perch. and your hiccough will be stopped. This will even cure a drunken hiccough. 5342. spit under it. 5359. 5327. Look me right straight in the eyes. 5320." 5340. and restore the rock to its original position." 5332. to hiccough three times in the morning means three letters that day. 5326. The same thing may be done with a rack or a chip of wood. But they can't. Whenever you have side-ache. if you take a drink from a cup. 5321. hold it against the aching side while you run a little and walk a little. and restore the clod to its original position. . 5341. spits on it. Wear a nutmeg round your neck and you will not have hiccough. 5339. Sit in a rocking-chair. both ears are held tightly closed with the fingers while someone gives you three swallows of water. 5316. swallows of water to cure hiccough. turn round nine times. 5330. after the doctor has tried six weeks. According to another belief in which hiccough does not have a physiological origin. If a person counts backwards starting at fifty. still holding your breath. spitting on it three times. said she would die. A string tied about either index finger cures hiccough. 'Why. The knife always falls on the floor. others say. I said. Three dry swallows cures hiccough.' I went and I took a butcher. One of the commonest remedies for hiccough is taking swallows or drops of water — usually while holding your breath and drinking slowly. It stopped her hiccups. She got well. twelve and twenty-one. hold it as long as you can hold your breath. then begin to rock.120 5315. 5356. 5348. hold the ends of two black strings stretched taut between the thumb and index finger of each hand. your hiccoughs will be cured. A stitch in the side comes from stirring coffee or tea with a knife. your hiccough will go away. 5333. 5329. If you hold your two little fingers together in front of you just so that they do not touch. 5353. and on the third Snacup. If you let someone hold a knife on your tongue while you drink water. A person can treat hiccough by blowing up a paper bag and inhaling from the bag. on the second Snicup. nine. lift up one end of a rock (be careful to keep the other end on the ground). the knife will cut away your hiccough. Occasionally. To drive away hiccough. 5357. think of someone who has been dead a long time. While drinking water think of the first person you ever loved and your hiccoughs will go away. if immediately before or during the first hiccough you can slowly say One or That's once. Your hiccough will vanish. say I can stop it. to think of the seat you set in last at church and they would stop. Both holding their breath. 5334. as a hiccough remedy. she can tuck one corner of the apron under her belt and the pain will stop. 5318. "Drink three cups up. Side-ache can be cured by picking up a rock. and the pain will soon leave. 5360. 5317. 5349. and restores it to the original position. Think of six persons who have been dead over ten years and this will cure your hiccough. Hold nine sips of water in your mouth. "This was a saying of my grandma: If you had hiccoughs. If you put a silver or steel knife in a glass of water and drink the water while looking at the knife. then drop the rock without looking back. I will take you right over to her house and see if you can. 5354. 5338. A swimmer protects himself against cramps. Will cure the hiccoughs up. SIDE-ACHE OR STITCH IN THE SIDE 5352. 5350.' One of the men said. SWIMMING CRAMPS 5358. 5343. over the right shoulder with the left hand.knife. If you put a silver spoon in a glass of water and drink the water while looking at the spoon. Grate a raw potato and apply it to your navel as a hiccough remedy. try to cross your index finger and little finger over or under the two middle fingers so that they touch each other. The number of swallows is variously given: three. 5336. 5347. pick up a clod of dirt. your hiccoughs will be gone. then throw their arms away. seven. find a small rock. 5345. To check hiccough. bend down and draw in your breath. 5322. Cross your arms over your stomach. Hiccough can be stopped. A cure for hiccough is to hold your breath while counting nine. To cure side-ache. take three swallows of water and say: on the first Hiccough. and at the same time think of someone you love. Count ten while holding your breath and your hiccough will stop. and your hiccough will be gone. With your arms held straight down in front. I can stop hiccups. You can rid yourself of hiccough by recalling the text of last Sunday's sermon. count nine backward. and then throwing it over your shoulder: some say this must be thrown over the left shoulder with the right hand. next day say some. twist the two ends on the right side one direction and the two ends on the left side the other direction. his hiccough will be gone before he reaches three. 5355. eat a potato three nights in succession instead of supper and then take a tablespoonful of castor oil in hot coffee. 5335. 5337. Think of your best girl friend or boy friend when you have hiccough and if she or he loves you the hiccough will stop. had been under the doctor's care for six weeks. Cramps attack a person who swims during dog days. if preceding his entrance into the water he picks up a rock. It is sometimes said you must look straight up while you take six. Squeeze on both thumbs held tightly inside your closed fists to get rid of a side-ache. Rid yourself of hiccough by wishing it on someone you do not like." 5324. ten. set the cup upside down. 'Hell. don't put your hand on the blade.

" Neuralgia . As a protection against swimming cramps. "Every fall. This is called Rubbing the shingles back. and the neighbor had shingles so bad. first with the feet. the patient will die. I remember I cried. When the two ends of a chain of shingles meet. could not sleep at night. wrap these parings in a cloth and throw them into running water to stop neuralgic pains. "My grandmother. 5363. Neuralgia is avoided by trimming your finger-nails and toe-nails on Friday. 5362. when someone told me to wear a nutmeg around my neck on a string. 5393. a nutmeg should be attached to a red string and tied round the neck. Keep an eelskin round the head for neuralgia. 5372. and I have never been bothered with neuralgia since I put it on. To cure shingles. 5373. 5365. 5397. feathers. 5392. . 5385. As a remedy for shingles.Nervousness (5366-5368) HYSTERIA 5366.Neuritis . I did. only had it on three weeks when she got well. SHINGLES 5387. Prevent swimming cramps by wearing a small rubber band round each ankle and wrist. Some people laugh at me. intestines --. "My mother had very bad teeth and someone told her this: always wipe your hands first and your face last to keep neuralgia away. 5386. Grind dried chicken dung into a powder and give a pinch of it in a prune for hysterics. I will not tell her name. After you have pared your finger-nails and toe-nails. When she gets up in the morning she will be well. Keep a bag of alum in the bed for neuritis. "I remember another thing that happen down at Marblehead. 5374. for we are good friends and I am afraid she would get angry at me." 5382. To prevent neuritis." 5377. She got the green cloth and put it around her neck. Even today when she goes to buy a new pair of shoes. "1 knew a woman that had neuralgia for ten years and someone told her to get a piece of cloth [ribbon or string may be used] grass-green and wear it around her neck. 5371." NEURITIS 5384. will make you very nervous. Some say the nutmeg must lie at the back of the neck. Swimmers who after undressing lay a forked stick on their clothes are not bothered by a cramp. and I thought I would try it. and then wear the leaf in your hair." 5375. A brass ring may be worn either as a remedy for or as a prevention of neuralgia. will cure them. In treating shingles that cover both sides of your body. 5396. 5395. NERVOUSNESS 5367." 5378. Paint shingles with blood taken from the tail of a black cat. it would help her. particularly those caused by neuralgia. do not plunge into the water until you have performed three acts: test the temperature of the water. If you kill a chicken and let it die in your hand. so now I only take it off long enough to change the string when it gets dirty. To cure shingles. 5394." 5389. And she started to wiping her hands first and has never had neuralgia after she started to doing it. and am still wearing it. That was five years ago. As a treatment for neuralgia. cut open a black chicken and bandage them with the blood. 5364. couldn't find anything to do it any good. "Years ago Mrs.keep a potato in your pocket all the time and you will not have neuralgia — and it was good. But at last they killed our cat. We had a black cat. when it turns a little cool. 5368. keep a chew of tobacco in your mouth while you swim. take a white string and dip in holy water and wear that string around the top of your head. To cure shingles. Put at the edge of your patch of shingles some hot blood from a chicken and rub that blood back to the place where they are thickest. X. pluck a four-leafed clover while wishing this riddance. because she is afraid the neuralgia might come back. To cure shingles. take three drops of blood from the tail of a black cat and spread this on the left side. 5388. kill a black chicken by sticking it in the throat. 5379. "My daughter worked in grapes for three days straight and had a nervous breakdown." 5380. but it's so. and finally. Every time I take off the nutmeg I get the neuralgia back.Shingles (5369-5402) NEURALGIA 5369. I know a woman that does this. You can get rid of shingles by cutting off a black cat's tail and keeping it wrapped round your waist next to the skin. Never work in grapes for several days without stopping. 5391. Some say the nutmeg must rest on your breastbone.121 5361." 5381. wear round your neck the hearing bone from the head of a hog. "My face was all swollen up from neuralgia. and then let the warm blood drip on them drop by drop. if she has neuralgia. they wanted us to kill it so he could get the blood. To rid yourself of head pains. and I put a nutmeg in a little sack and pinned it on my underclothes. she will put a blue ribbon [a blue silk string is sometimes used] around her neck when going to bed. you will be immune from swimming cramps. she makes the clerk put on the left shoe first. daub them with three drops of blood out of the tail of a black cat." 5383. had a bad case of neuralgia. and the other I wear around my waist to keep the pains out of my body. wear about your neck the head of a black chicken. "If you have neuralgia. Someone told me about the nutmeg. If when about to enter the water you urinate and rub this warm urine over your body. Neuritis can be cured by smoking jimson weed seed. then with the hands. 5390. sprinkle some of the water on your discarded clothing. NERVE MALADIES (5366-5402) Hysteria . I take two nutmegs and I put a nutmeg on a string and wear it around my neck to keep neuralgia out of my head. They say take the blood out of anything black and rub a person with shingles. 5370. She did and her neuralgia left and has never returned. "1 know several that have tried this --. daub them with blood from a black chicken." 5376. To guard yourself against cramps during a swim. you will become nervous.everything. "I had neuralgia bad. A traveling-man told her husband that she should always put on her left stocking and left shoe first. and I don't care as long as it keeps neuralgia away. others say the string must be woolen. and wear it all the time.

When her mother was dying they rubbed her hand over the girl's eyes and in three days she could see. 5419. 5421. 5424. Sometimes the snake is skinned so that the inside of the skin may be applied." 5411. She asked him how he did it and he said he just used the spit and said nothing. To make the eyes stronger and to remove any inflammation.Pink Eye . 'Let me see your eye.Sty . To remove a particle from the eye turn back the eyelid and blow the nose. PINK EYE 5415." 5406.Cataract and Growth (5403-5411) BI-COLORED EYES 5403. If you blacken your finger-nails with blackberries on Friday and wash this off next morning. fry in lard. Repeat this process indefinitely. And in another week he came back and asked her the same thing. Son and Holy Ghost. cut it all up and boil. 5425. you must use a poultice. then put this powder in a quill and blow this powder in your eye. and rubbed the radish over her growth and it went away." 5400. then drink the water off of that. Do this after sunset and repeat next morning before sunrise. and it wasn't any better. at the beginning of the new moon wipe off a needle in a piece of flannel." Cross-Eyes . . and use silk for threading it. Pink eye can be cured if you let a mother with a new baby squirt some of her milk against the infection. 5428. Sore or Weak Eyes . This will be more effective when done in childhood. you will soon be cured. Also. A particle can be removed from your eye by holding the upper eyelid over the lower one while you count twenty. Incidentally. if he kills a snake and wraps it about them. and when he came back to ask her about her eye it was completely gone [!]. So I think I will try it on mine. "Mrs. A woman told me this was very good. When there is something in your eye. Always take off your glasses before looking at a new moon.] If you rub up. provided you turn your back to them. Round your patch of shingles draw a circle with juice from an old pipestem and this will prevent them from spreading and also effect a cure. A person will lose his shingles. After you have pierced your ears. So he spit on his finger and rubbed her eye again. Close the eyelid. A child laid where the moon shines into its eyes becomes cross-eyed. Those who meet an acquaintance with sore eyes should stop and count their finger-nails before speaking. sure sign you will lose your eyesight some day and go blind. run the thread through the holes three times. and any particle in your eye will come out through one of the nostrils.122 5398. and bread and milk. "I know several families in the North Bottom that had shingles and I told them this and it cure them. you can keep the ears from becoming sore by piercing them on the first of May. 5413. And the next week he asked her how her eye was getting along. slippery elm. cover the point with vaseline. 5399. "A girl went blind with the measles and her mother said that she hoped the day would come when she could see. 5417. 5401. 5407. they will close up inside and you will die. Always keep a baby in a dark room for six weeks after birth and it will never become cross-eyed or have sore eyes. hold one nostril shut and blow your nose. 5402. It was the size of a pea. Keep one nostril shut as you blow the other one and at the same time pull down the upper eyelid over the lower. "I knew three different men that their mothers let them lie in the moonlight before they were a year old and all three have different color eyes [one eye of one color. The skin of a copperhead snake worn as a belt against the skin cures shingles. So he spit on his finger and rubbed her eye the third time. and it cut it off without him going to the doctor." BLINDNESS 5404. You make a baby cross-eyed by letting it look into a mirror before it is a year old. blow your nose. 5427.iridis heterochromia]. Blindness at birth is cured by the mother squeezing some of her milk into the baby's eyes." CATARACT AND GROWTH 5409. The particle will come out through the open nostril. 5426. The person of Irish-Indian descent who gave this remedy said it was an Indian one that had been handed down in the family. 5420. And one day some old German fellow said. take and get some oats straw. "A woman had a growth on her eyes and she took a radish and said In the Name of the Father. to avoid catching the disease. "My mother always said never to burn black or red pepper on the stove. for looking at a new moon through glasses weakens your sight.Particle in Eye (5412-5421) CROSS-EYES 5412. once each week for three weeks. each separately and in the following order --. This brings a particle out of the eye. As a treatment for sore eyes. 5405. Always rub them down. B's mother had something growing on her eye and she said it was very painful. "I have a bad cataract on my eye and I have been thinking of trying this. 5414.Blindness . take some oats. 5408.' And he spit on his finger and rubbed it across her eye. 5418. you will never catch sore eyes from anyone. If you split open a black hawk and poultice it over your shingles while the blood is warm. OCULAR MATTERS (5403-5510) Bi-Colored Eyes . PARTICLE IN EYE 5416. the other eye of a different color --. Pierce the ears to strengthen the sight and to prevent sore eyes. On meeting people with sore eyes you will not contract their ailment.of cow manure. will cut the cataract off. If you have shingles. then take that and rub your shingles. 5423. If you get anything in your eye. [Some say the rubbing must be with a circular motion. raise and close the eyelid three times and then blow your nose hard. The person who looks into a mirror that has an ornamental wreath round it will go blind. But a man has to use his spit on a woman and a woman has to use her spit on a man. if you wear earrings. to take egg shells and brown them good so you can make a fine powder of them. Her grandfather had a very bad cataract and he did this. You never become blind. And she didn't notice it." 5410. and she said it was still growing and it was still painful.Sun Pains (5422-5510) SORE OR WEAK EYE 5422.

don't use it. 5438. cause sore eyes. scoop out the standing water. rub a finger up and down the ridge of your nose. It was once a common expression. Boil eggs laid that day. they should be rubbed with the sap taken from grapevines in March. 5442. Bottle some of the last snow that falls in April and preserve it as a wash for sore eyes. Bathe sore eyes with water from the last snow of the season. leave my eye. if you wash them in a running stream before breakfast and do this on seven mornings. sty. 5430. to get my sty. and on the third morning he was well and could see good." 5459. If you stop in the road to defecate. Sty. leave my eye. bury the discarded ones and sprinkle them with holy water before filling the hole so that additional power be given to your sight. "I had a sty. "My grandfather run a sawmill years ago down in the south part of Quincy. "My daughter had a very sore eye and I put a live frog on the eye and let stay overnight. To cure a sty. and this was my father when he was a little boy" STY 5455. 5449. My grandfather took him down to the river every morning early before he went to work and would swim out in the river down here near Front and State Street. In curing a sty. go to the crossroad and announce: "Sty. wet in an alley. 5443. 5448. As a sty treatment. 5440. Among the remedies to prevent sneezing are the following: press on the groove (philtrum) beneath your nose. Sore eyes should be bathed in the water you melt from Good Friday snow. He went to a woman before sunrise and she said In the Name of the Father. and the first person stepping over the beans will soon have your sty." 5468. had sore eyes bad." 5451. for that grease would poison the person you put it on. back and forth. "I have had several sties and I always take the end of a black cat tail and rub over my sty three times and they always go away. and bathe your inflamed eyes with it nights and mornings at an uneven hour. Someone told him to wash his eyes with his urine. his eyes were so bad. and another man got a rattlesnake and cut off its head and rendered out the grease and put on this man's eyes. Use the juice from sheep buttons (manure) on sore eyes. 5461. "My brother had very bad eyes. leave my eye. I took my white cat's tail and rub over my sty three times and I lost my sty. leave my eye. As a remedy for sore eyes. 5433. He asked him if his father could swim. He did and his eyes got well. make this man's eyes better. 5457. go off my eye. wet in the road and the next person who walks over your urine will catch the sty. He came out. And this man told him he should take his boy on his shoulders and swim every morning across a body of water back and forth for seven days early in the morning. 5463. 5436." 5460. "I did this to lose my sty. And go to the next man riding by. to say of one who had a sty: he has wet in an alley. "When I was a kid I had a sty. 5444. During the light of the moon visit a hollow stump on a morning that follows an evening rain. 5431. then looked at it. He went for three mornings. It drew all the soreness out. To get rid of your sty. anoint them with the saliva of a newborn baby. Then release the cat and return home." 5466." 5434. "I knew a man that could not see for nine days. lay them down in the road. A good remedy for granulated eyelids is washing them in spring-water before sunrise on Easter. However. When you have pains in your eyes. If the snake should bite itself after you catch it. and they told me I wet in the road. you should wear earrings. This remedy is sometimes considered ineffective unless gold ones are worn. and bind one half on each eye every night for three nights to improve impaired sight. You can cure your sore eyes. oh! so often. for I am seventy years old. Weak eyes can be strengthened by singeing the eyelashes. will cure them. Then he had my father go in and get my grandfather. A sty can be cured by rubbing it with the tail of a black cat. 5465. Go to this one I pass by. He was sitting out on the front steps of the building one day when an old man came along. sty. just a little boy then. sty. 5453. If an eyelash falls into your eye. The person who stops in a path to urinate while crossing a field will get a sty. particularly the third. Go to the next passer-by. knowing my dad was too young to swim. all three of these devices." 5470. Visit the crossroad with a black cat in your arms and pass its tail over a sty while repeating Sty. 5462. go away and go on the next one that comes by. My dad. . "My husband had very sore eyes and could not see. Rub three beans over your sty. Take the next one passing by. 5467." 5437. 5458. and rub a finger back and forth across the tip of your nose. 5439. to cure its sore eyes.123 5429. rub three fingers over the eyeballs for relief. In changing the lenses of your eyeglasses. He told him he was a good swimmer. 5432. 5452. To heal sore eyes. Cure diseases of the eye by rubbing them with the saliva of the first. Smoke dried poke roots for pains in the eyes." 5445. 5450. Wash a baby's eyes with milk from its mother's breast. 5441. you will get a sty. 5447." 5464. you will get a sty. sty. mumble the following rhyme when you meet someone on the road: "Sty.born child on the male side of the family. 5435. Treat sore eyes with March snow-water. He stop and talked to my dad about his eyes looking so bad." 5469. Water melted from the last snow in March cures sore eyes. 5456. Son and Holy Ghost. 5446. and he cured his sore eyes. sty. slice them in halves lengthwise. "My mother always caught the first rain-water in May and put it in bottles to keep for her sore eyes because it will never sour. and in no time his eyes were all right. 5454. Of course this is a long time ago." or "Sty. People may rid themselves of a sty by standing in the middle of a crossroad and uttering this couplet: "Sty. stand at a crossroad and say: "Sty. To protect yourself against sore eyes.

And come on the next that passes by. sty." 5495. 5498. 5494. leave my eye. and drop it while exclaiming: "Sty. rub your hand over a sty. Take a lock of hair out of the crown of your head. then take that hair to a living spring. and then tossing them over your right shoulder. 5505. Make the sign of the cross with a gold wedding ring as you rub it over your sty and the sty soon disappears. look through a gold ring three times. walk three times round some large tree on a public road as you make this request Sty. rub the infection with it. Have you a sty? and you reply It is a sty and then that person says It is a lie. Occasionally the ring is first heated by rubbing it on cloth. A sty may be treated by rubbing it nine times with your finger-nail. 5473. A dish rag should be rubbed over a sty and buried. To give your sty to a passer-by. To lose a sty. Let a person prick a sty with nine gooseberry thorns as he says In the Name of the Father. go off my eye. 5488. cures the ailment." PAROXYSM Colic . 5486." 5487. leave my eye." 5500. sty. To remove sun-pains from your eyes. The removal of a sty is accomplished by pulling off nine of those little stickers from a gooseberry bush. 5474." 5471. And he went nine mornings just before sunup and put his head under the water. you must answer You lie and the sty will soon depart. go off my eye. and he got well. sty. sty. if a person pierces it with a gooseberry thorn and then throws the thorn over his left shoulder. rub a gold ring over it. Cure a sty by rubbing it with a dish rag while saying: "Sty. If you have a sty and someone asks. 5478. A person rids himself of a sty by washing it with his own urine. each time saying Father. You can transfer a sty to another person. go off my eye.Piles (5511-5603) . 5501. 5485.Epilepsy . Sties may be disposed of.124 And come on the next ass [buttocks] that passes by. sty.Spasm . SUN PAINS 5507. sty. and my sty never did come back after he picked it. if at a running stream you rub some salt on the sty. and your sty will vanish before morning. So he thought he would try it. turn it over. sty. Your sty will flow away. 5499. 5476. and put it under a rock to lose their sun-pains. the sty will soon disappear. 5483. rub it three times with a gold band ring. if you pick up a white rock. A sty can be thrown away. Someone told him about going to the spring before sunup and sticking his head under the water. go to a crossroad. On nine successive mornings before sunrise. go to the first man that passes this tree. leave my eye. walk away without looking back. Let a person having picked up a rock rub it over a sty. 5484. sty. 5503. 5509. always rubbing towards your nose. If you have a sty. and you will lose your sty. we used to live at Marblehead. If you are a man. On three mornings fasting and before sunrise free yourself of a sty by rubbing it with a gold wedding ring. Treat a sty by rubbing it nine times with a gold ring. " 5510. sty. A brass thimble should be heated by friction and rubbed over a sty for a cure. A traveler catches your sty. then cast the salt into the water. 5481. A sty may be removed. arise before dawn and wash your eyes in dew. if a person during the new moon stands at the crossroad as the sun is sinking and makes this declaration: "Sty. spit on it. "Oh! there is a sty on your eye" or something similar. the sty will be gone. 5496. As a remedy for a sty. and it will soon vanish. A sty is lost by rubbing it three times with a potato and burying the latter. 5479. You can cure a sty by plucking a hair from your eyebrows. rub it with a piece of paper and drop the paper as you walk down the road mumbling: "Sty." 5480. A piece of silver. And go to the next one who passes by. 5475. 5492. At night heat a gold ring by friction and rub twice one way and once the other over a sty. Sometimes they require that the ring should have been blessed — a wedding ring. sty. Son and Holy Ghost. and this will remove the sty. pick it up. "My son had sun-pains over his eyes. A gold ring rubbed over a sty will drive it away. Son and Holy Ghost. And go to the eye. "I [a woman] had a sty and I let a real old man take a gooseberry brier and pick it. rub a stolen dish rag on it and throw the dish rag into running water. of the first person that passes by. find a rock there. 5508. sty. 5482. Catch the first one passing by." Then throw the dish rag over your left shoulder without watching to see where it goes. 5493. In destroying a sty. For removing a sty. often a dime. 5504. 5491. To the next one that passes by. carry the rock to where three roads meet. and the sty will be lost after he loses the rock. They would come just before sunup and leave just at sundown. if they are rubbed nine times up and nine times down with a gold ring. and call out: "Sty. if you sit daily on your porch for three days. A gooseberry brier when rubbed nine times over a sty removes it. let a very old woman do it. go off my eye. rubbed on something until it becomes hot and then applied to a sty. anoint it seven times with saliva. look through a knot hole in a fence. pointing each one at your sty. 5477. 5489. put the rock in his pocket. 5506. You see. each time saying Sty. In ridding yourself of a sty. As a riddance for sties. "My husband knows of a good living spring down at Marblehead. thus making the sign of the cross. 5502." 5472. Treat a sty by rubbing it nine times with a gold ring. 5490. when the dish rag rots. 5497. A person who sleeps with his head to the sun will get up with sun-pains. and issue this order three times Salt disappear like malt on the water. If you have a sty and someone says.

if you grind up an emerald and wear the powder. take it by the heels. Someone should hold the newborn baby by the feet before it is dressed. and I did it and she was cured. As an epilepsy remedy. I was up half the night when I thought of my grandmother's remedy for colic. "My baby had colic for three months when someone told me this. He was suffering so with pains. 5543. and administer a gentle shaking. 'Drink this. 5537. then. 5531. 5539. . as she had nothing else in the house to give him. I had four more grandchildren after that and did this to every one when they had colic. she didn't know what to do. 5534. To cure a baby's colic." 5544. He brought the four-weeks-old baby down in the Bottom to my house to take care of. But she never did have the colic. must throw the can into running water while saying Father. 5527. I put the baby across my knee and let the hair fall over it. "I remember when my first grandchild had the colic." 5545. and let the smoke go up their clothes. Take a baby to a blackberry patch where the drooping vines touch the ground and pass the baby back and forth under these arches to cure its colic. 5538. 5513. let it suck a bacon rind. 5541. 5535. then shake it by the heels again. then hold a baby over the pan. As a colic cure. He drank the cup of tea and in an hour he fell asleep and was well by morning. 5547. EPILEPSY 5550. the mother. smoked it. Sometimes cornmeal is used. the first time I sit up in bed to comb my hair. Tobacco smoke blown into breast milk and administered to a baby takes away colic. If a mother removing her shoe pours some water into it and lets the baby take a few sips from the shoe. and gave it to the baby. his wife said he was all double up. Sheep-dung tea is good for colic. "This is another remedy my mother did for colic. you will give it colic. Never put a rubber sheet under a baby before it is six weeks old. It was one of those cold days in December when ice was on everything. picking it up by the feet. 5519. She made a strong tea out of the droppings and strained it so her husband would not know what it was. 5536. and someone told me this old remedy. The first time a woman arises from childbed she should carry a thimble full of water round the house three times to make her baby immune to colic. 5520. and someone told the mother about the white part of the chicken droppings and she tried it. 5530. She remember the old remedy about the white droppings of the chickens. head down. And I know several that tried it and it worked. 5528. give it a shaking in one direction. 5553. to keep the child from getting it. doing it the three times the same morning. pull it through the fork of a tree during the dark of the moon. When the child is about two weeks old. Colic is not caught by babies who wear woolen stockings. A cure for epilepsy is to administer marrow taken from the bones of a horse. "A man out here in the country had colic bad. it will never have colic. lay a child down on its stomach and. prevent colic by letting it lick the spoon every time you eat something. This is so. Sprinkle a small quantity of cold water on a baby immediately after its birth as a precaution against colic." 5521. We are letting our baby smoke on the pipe. her children will be troubled by colic. 5518. A good treatment for colic is a heated bag of salt laid on the baby's stomach. She took a cup of this hot tea to him. This prevents colic. The child will never have colic. the baby's colic will soon leave. the names of its parents. for it gives colic to the child. Chimney soot boiled in water is good for a colicky child." 5526. 5512. carrying her child. I knew a child that had fits all the time and the doctor could not help. And when my next child came. 5546. and seal the slip of paper in an air-tight can. That son of mine and his wife had a fight. and shake it good. The baby went right to sleep.125 COLIC 5511. Tea made out of the dried egg bag of a chicken is good for colic. Write the baby's name. "If you let a child after it is five months old smoke on a pipe. 5523. and give to the person a teaspoonful after each meal. will help you. 5522. 5529. After a baby is six weeks old. Give a little water to an infant as soon as it is born and the child will never have colic. remove the colic. 5549. Administer hourly to a child with colic a teaspoonful of tea made from the white dung of a dog. and the child got over the fits. for it happen right out here near Quincy. letting its head hang down. it is to be picked up and shaken in the opposite direction (making sign of cross?). 5514. "I did this many a time when I was younger when someone's baby had colic: put meal shuck in a pan. Alum kept in a sack about a baby's neck prevents colic. Keep this bag on a child's stomach for colic. letting the child lie on its stomach again. Do not allow a teakettle to steam in the same room with a baby. "When my first baby was born it had the colic all the time. saying. Let the mother take a little piece of tobacco and hold it on her tongue for a while until some of the strength is gone [sometimes the tobacco is merely dipped into boiling water]. She told it herself. and the child will never have colic after that. A baby who laughs in its sleep soon has colic. I took a big spoon of milk. Make a tea with the dried lining of a chicken gizzard and use as a colic or cramp-colic remedy. Put every kind of spice in a bag and dip the bag into hot water. and each morning bite a different sprout of the plant. then I got my husband's pipe. Unless a curly-haired girl marries a straight-haired man.' but didn't tell what it was. 5533. 5524. Horse-manure tea cures colic. 5548. He was suffering so. that she went to the henhouse with her lantern and got a pan of the white droppings. As soon as a baby is born. "If you have epiliptic fits. Treat colic by blowing tobacco smoke on the infants stomach or up under its clothes." 5551. You can cure colic by keeping a rabbit foot round the baby's neck." 5542. the rubber will cause colic. The person who rocks the baby's empty cradle will give colic to the child. 5516. before sunrise and without speaking. then lay over your lap. then set them on fire. Coming through that cold the baby took the colic. Son and Holy Ghost. visit a hop vine seven mornings in the spring. then blew the smoke three times into the milk. You will never have epilepsy. 5525. then lay the child across your lap for a few minutes. Three days preceding the dark of the moon." 5515. 5552. take the white part of chicken droppings and dry them and make a powder." 5532. he didn't ask what she was giving him. Pass a child three times round the leg of a table to cure its colic. 5517. Tie a black silk string round a baby's neck to ward off colic. They were always fighting. then put this tobacco on the baby's navel. then shake again and lay over your lap. Never kiss an infant on the mouth. 5540.

"I knew a woman about thirty-five years ago that had a baby and it was having one spasm after another. This is so. A person will never have epileptic fits again. An ointment for piles is made by cooking in lard some white droppings from a dog. Just take off her flannel skirt and turn it wrong side out. if any of my children had a spasm. because I tried it and got well. when cool strain. and I was the only one that didn't have spasm. when one day a woman came along and they were telling her. tie onions on a baby's soles. and never take it off only to change the ribbon when dirty. She told me this years ago. sometimes fried.' And they did. All the clothing or merely the shirt that the child wears during a spasm should be taken off immediately and burned. for the woman was crying. Give three seed of the jimson weed thrice daily to a person who has epileptic fits. X's old remedy. Pieces of onions bound over the hands and wrists make a spasm disappear. She took the ashes and told the family to feed him a spoonful before each meal. adding when cool a few drops of turpentine. if you remove the person's undershirt immediately after an attack. and he is eighty year old. She went to his house when he was having one of those fits. then bury the skirt. cut out the piece over their chest and boil it good. Convulsions cease after the entire body of a baby has been rubbed with onions. bore a hole into the wood on a level with the top of the head. Turpentine placed in the left hand and on the left foot brings a baby out of a spasm. An old woman came along and wanted to know what was wrong. 5589. When they are gone. To rid a child of spasms. or one in each pocket. When they are gone. 5556. 5569. put it on a white handkerchief. Powder obtained by grinding the dried lining of a chicken gizzard. "I knew a young man that had fits." 5563." The same remedy is used for a spasm. or one rolled in the top of each stocking. and eat three a day without sugar. if during an attack you draw some of his blood. It had eleven spasms that day. and then throw that handkerchief into running water. "I had a friend and she told me when her grandmother came over from Germany that her daughter had fits all the time in the old country. 'My baby is going to die. give her three times a day a tablespoonful of urine from a man whom she has never seen. take and get a dozen lemons. a buckeye is worn: in the pocket (usually the left). Bringing her over the large body of water cured her. They did everything anyone told them. A child recovers from a spasm as soon as you rub a white onion on its palms and soles. These ashes in holy water must be administered three times a day. If a baby is inclined to clinch its fingers while in a spasm. 5581." 5565. give them three drops of the beef-gall water. and is not bothered any more. As a treatment for convulsions. only the one that the veil was on. Epileptic fits are always more frequent and more severe during the increase of the moon. you can revive the child by prying the hands open and dropping salt into them. 5576. I could throw it over their face. "I know several people that did this and it cured the ones that took it: if anyone has fits. 5573. put the beef gall in a little water and keep it. She pull his shirt off over his head. a hot dirty dish rag should be pressed against them and then burned." 5574. Give carrot juice. He did. 5555." 5566. "I always bring a child out of a spasm by giving it a drop of turpentine for every year old it is and rubbing turpentine on their stomach. 5577. you will be well. A mother can free her teething baby from convulsions by biting off the head of a mouse. wash the child in hot dish water. give it to them. Holy water is given to a child who has spasms or fainting spells. get another dozen and eat one a day. make a powder of it in a box. 5561. "If you have piles. Son and Holy Ghost. Some man told him if he would get elderberry leaves and wear in his hip pocket. 'I will stop that. 5583. let it smolder on live coals. "I have heard my grandmother tell one for fits: take a black silk ribbon. If you want to bring anyone right out of a spasm. "Years ago my husband had piles bad. SPASM 5564. makes a good salve for piles. and in this put a lock of his hair. put it on a pan and set it on fire. As a treatment for piles." 5586. Epileptic attacks are checked. "When I was young I always kept a black silk handkerchief handy. will bring it right out. and said. to prevent a recurrence of the trouble. put some of its hair in a hole that you have bored into a tree and plug it up. get another dozen and eat two a day. she had eight children. melt it on the stove. or. 5559. And when they are all gone. "A doctor said years ago spasms was always caused by a worm in the child's neck. if a person rubs round the child's navel with turpentine.' and did. After he grows taller than the hole. Sometimes the onions are raw. Stand a child subject to spasms against a door. There are two methods by which hog manure can be prepared as an ointment for piles: either bake it with lard all day in a tin can. 5585. 5584. 5567. Pulverize the dried lining of a chicken gizzard and administer for a spasm. if you will dry that." 5579. with the addition of butter or lard and sometimes salt. "I had three children and this is what I did for spasm: cut an onion in half and let the child hold half in each palm of the hand. "My mother always did this. 5590. In treating a spasm. would cure him. 5571.' The old woman said. 5568. take off their shirt they have on while having it. 5578. 5572. put it around the neck with a little key hanging right in the hollow part of the neck. but just as soon as they landed over here she never had another. carry alum in your pocket. But it is not good for any child. 5594. They did and he never had another fit. and do the same thing for a man with epileptic fits by using the urine of a strange woman. mix a teaspoonful of these ashes in a glass of holy water. 5592." 5560. or one round the neck. To cure a woman who has epileptic fits. and say In the Name of the Father. To prevent piles. 'I will cure that boy. so. 5575." PILES 5587." 5593. In curing piles. and they will crawl back out of the neck." . Wilt horse-radish leaves on the stove and bind them to the palms and soles of the baby for spasms. And the baby never had another spasm.it takes poison to kill poison." 5558. it will cure it. 5588. or one pinned to the underclothes. "This is Dr. 5582. 5557. but it didn't help. and if your baby has spasms. 5580. If a child is suffering from convulsions. If your child is born with a veil on it. 5591. 5562. worms don't like carrots. Rattlesnake rattles worn about the neck so that they hang in the hollow of the throat cure fits.126 5554. She said. the attacks will not recur. and give to the person to drink --. When they get in a spasm." 5570. A spasm soon vanishes. remove its shirt at once and hide it under a rock to stop the attack.

After the doctor left. He wanted to know what I was doing. lungs. wash them clean and then put them in hot boiling water and let them boil until they steam. cow shit and dough. 'I believe he is better. it is good for pneumonia or any kind of lung trouble. when a woman that lived in Slab Holler [Hollow] came to my house. and to call him in the night if anything went wrong.times the skunk oil is put on a rag. but the superstitious people say that they can cure pneumonia with hogs hoof. 'I will try anything. 5597. applied to the chest. next to pneumonia. 'How is the boy? I was looking for you to call me last night. you can make fun of me if you want to. but I will tell you what I did. . and a piece back of his neck [five places]. "If you take the hog's bag bladder and cook it down. 5617. then take the grease out of it. Onions tied to the springs of the bed on which a person with pneumonia lies will soon absorb the disease. and tied a piece on each bottom foot. 5623. The next morning when the doctor came. take off all the child's clothes. And my uncle cured himself of piles after he had them for years. Just as soon as they would get a little cool. "I knew a boy that had pneumonia years ago and they gave him one-third cup of cow-manure tea every hour to break the fever — you put it in a rag and boil it --. that when a doctor fails with pneumonia." and repeat this rite until nine have been eaten.' I knew he was making fun of me. When he saw the boy. when one day an old Indian man told him about the Epsom salts and sulphur: take equal parts of Epsom salts and sulphur. I said I would try it. Put a cold rag on its head [to keep the trouble from rising into the head]. 'I believe he will live. because he said cow shit. The doctor told me one night he could not get well." 5613. And he got well. then take nine nights. Pneumonia can be cured by keeping on the chest a chicken that was freshly killed. take and cure them with skunk oil and tobacco and they will get well. A cat sleeping at the foot of the bed prevents tuberculosis. I said to the doctor. I was sitting up with a man that was dying with pneumonia and he was just full of sweat.Tuberculosis (5604-5639) LUNG TROUBLE 5604. put it on the stove. TUBERCULOSIS 5621. As a remedy for piles. 5601. They say. and took like he said. My boy had lung trouble bad. 5608. Tie up some slaked lime in a piece of mosquito netting. We kept that up all night. poultice the chest with skunk grease. I said. wipe them with a piece of your old underwear and then burn it up. They claim that they can cure everything but the pneumonia. hang it over the bed of a pneumonia patient. and I told him. The person who wears a black silk string round the right arm will have strong lungs. then skip nine nights. At the end of this period your piles will be gone. but I saved my boy and that is all I care about. 'That is a good one for the doctor's book. "If a child has lung trouble. After the doctor left. if you can take the sweat off of their face while dying and rub over your throat. So he put the equal parts in a jar. When it gets good and hot. That bacon took out all the fever. "If someone is dying with pneumonia. and my boy got well. Never sit on a stone. We tied his feet up in that light-bread dough and started to putting on hot-cow-manure poultice on his lungs. and left it on all afternoon. The doctor said he could not get well. just everywhere. "My uncle had piles for years. 5619. Within thirty-six hours the patient's condition improves. Then I put skunk oil over it. I will help you get your boy better.until you take the twenty-seven nights. 5596. 5603. 5599. "If you have a cold in the chest take a flannel shirt and grease it with lard. 5622. he said he was better. Take and boil corn on the ear. and they saved him after the doctor said he would die. 'If you will let me. I put it on the bottom of his feet. 5600. 'Do anything you want. It sure did help him. Piles do not bother the person who carries mullein leaves. and said. About time for the doctor to come. Let a person with weak lungs drink billy-goat urine. "I had a boy that was very sick with pneumonia. shook it up good.' He just looked at me. Some say. 'Doctor.' I had some Granger Twist tobacco in the house. What happened?' I said. and covered with a piece of brown paper. he said. A nutmeg carried in your pocket frees you from piles. you will catch piles. it makes a good salve for piles. 'I have an old remedy. we would put another one on." 5605. he said. Eat a whole black pepper daily for three days. put sheep lice in some article of food and eat it." 5602. and this will prevent the disease from turning into tuberculosis. you will never have pneumonia or any kind of cold. Your son is very low.127 5595. 5611." 5615. Tea made from a dried chicken gizzard will cure tuberculosis. As a remedy for lung trouble." Some. then take three nutmegs and grate on the shirt." 5614. then skip nine nights. Administer red-clover-blossom tea for tuberculosis. She had heard how low my boy was.' I said. 5606." 5618. "It's a funny thing about doctors. I will tell anyone. I have always been sorry I didn't rub some of that sweat over my throat. wrap it in towels and put all around the child. I took it and pulled it all apart and put it in a pan. tried everything anyone told him. PULMONARY AFFECTIONS Lung Trouble .Pneumonia . and the doctor caught me. when I had a good chance to get some sweat. Put it in the doctor's book if you want to'.' I said. I was sitting in the kitchen crying. he was very low.' When I told him about the cow manure and dough. I started to taking it off. "My boy was very sick with pneumonia.and kept cow-manure poultices on his lungs. To cure lung trouble. then skip three days. So she went and got the cow manure and I made up some light bread. 5620. I took fat bacon and put a piece on each arm. You protect yourself against piles by keeping in your pocket several rattlesnake rattles. If you cook a wasp nest in honey and strain. PNEUMONIA 5609. It will even cure pneumonia. The doctor said he would not get well." 5610. "The poison in the ground goes up through the stone and into you. 'Well doctor. When it was good and hot. then wear the shirt for three days. a spoonful every night for nine nights. to keep from getting colds. then take nine nights --. The person who eats a raw potato nightly for three nights and then takes a tablespoonful of castor oil has cured his piles. The name of the water is hogs-hoof tea. when I open the door. 5607. Can I try it?' The doctor said. which is then dusted with nutmeg. I put the boiling-hot corn around him and the cold rag on his head. take some hogs hoofs. then take the water and drink it and it will cure the pneumonia. especially a cold one. then change and do it again. He let me put it back on." 5612. I don't want you to laugh at me. just like you feed a horse. "My boy was very low with double pneumonia." 5598. " 5616.' Then she told me about the cow manure and bread dough. Wash your child in the first snow and it will not catch pneumonia that year. and in two days we could see he was getting better.

"I have asthma bad. Never remove your socks or stockings at night when you go to bed and you will not be troubled by asthma. and when the hair and sawdust rot. take and put six whole eggs in a jar with the shells on them. A consumptive person should burn a red corn cob to ashes and swallow a pinch of them daily. if a person drinks a cupful of hot blood from a hog that has just been slaughtered. 5649. "If you have T. Similarly. As a riddance of asthma. save all the sawdust. kill a poisonous snake. a mud dauber nest is kept about the neck. Anyone can free himself from tuberculosis by boring a hole into a red-oak tree." 5633. 5638. then the sawdust. and when the patient has grown above this mark. My mother took and stood me up against a door. very good for asthma. 5626. Milk from a sow is good for children with tuberculosis. his asthma will have vanished. 5655. I know a lady down here in the South Bottom did this and she got well. then start again for nine mornings.Catarrh . "If someone has consumption real bad and in the last stages. 5635. and plugging it up. 5628. ramming in some of his hair. To free yourself from asthma." The skin may be worn about the neck. As a treatment for tuberculosis. praying the house would not burn down before I grew above that hole. After you have stood an asthmatic child against a tree and under a limb that just touches the top of the child's head. the disease will be gone. the person would die too. and as the tree grows. then go to a soft-maple tree and bore a hole in the tree to the heart. finger-nails and toe-nails. "My mother had asthma bad and someone told her about wearing the muskrat over her lung [some wear the flesh side. 5653. then stop for nine mornings. they will be well." 5645. . and then bind the skin on your chest. and the disease will disappear after the child grows taller than the length of the broomstick. then the sawdust. cut a broomstick so that it is as long as the patient is tall. 5660. take some hair right out the top of your head. 5643." 5651. "If you have asthma. Tuberculosis will soon leave. put in this one of the patient's hairs. Never sleep with your face to the wall. save the sawdust.Hay Fever (5640-5676) ASTHMA 5640. you will be cured. 5629. then stop again for nine mornings. bore a hole into a tree. 5636.B. Sap taken from the roots of three varieties of trees is boiled into a tea and administered daily for asthma. bore a hole into a young tree. 5661. 5662. Let those having tuberculosis inhale the fumes from manure in a cow shed or a horse stall. that is where we tried this on my niece. My mother said she would never bore a hole in a tree like so many do. they will get well. You can cure your asthma by wearing a nutmeg." 5647. skin it. 5646. The child will lose his asthma after he grows taller than the height of the hole. and she got well. 5654. [tuberculosis]. then the plug. When a small child has asthma. Stand an asthmatic child against a door and into the jamb bore a hole that will be as high as the top of his head. I have always wanted to try to get a hornet nest. Dog fat rendered into lard and used for cooking everything eaten by a tubercular patient is a good cure. 5627. "If someone has asthma. he will no longer suffer from asthma. 5663. others the fur side. 5634. and in it plug up some of his hair. I would die. then. for if the house should burn down before I growed above that hole. and when the child's height surpasses this mark on the trunk. Do you see that hole in the kitchen door over there? Well. My grandmother tried this. 5656. To drink the warm milk from a red cow is a tuberculosis remedy. but I am afraid of hornets so have never tried it. A pillow stuffed with shoemake berries (staghorn sumac) and slept on for nine nights will rid you of asthma. 5632. and bury it. said they had T. your asthma will go away as soon as the rag rots. it will cause tuberculosis. 5659. take six lemons and cut and put in the jar. having crammed into this hole some of the child's hair. If what you spit up during an asthmatic attack is put on a rag and plugged into a hole that has been bored into a tree. The hole must then be plugged up. 5648. Asthma may be cured by keeping a necklace of amber beads about the neck. 5631. As this hair rots. then put a lock of their hair in this hole. An eelskin worn about the neck is an asthma cure. your tuberculosis disappears. To cure asthma. and when the child's height exceeds that of the stopped-up hair. As a treatment for asthma in a child. Dandruff from the back of a cow may be burned and inhaled as an asthma cure. Visit a hickory tree and. and the one that has consumption will get well. in them. and the disease will leave within nine days. When the person grows above that hole. 5657. In curing tuberculosis. 5625. he will outgrow the disease. 5652. for if the tree should die. I know one that is trying it now. While an asthmatic child stands against an oak. 5639. Break a loaf of hot bread over a child's head to cure its asthma. it must be plugged up. and take a nail and mark their highest place. They say if you get a hornet nest and smoke it. he will no longer be bothered with the disease. cut the limb off at the trunk of the tree. the disease will disappear as soon as the child's height is greater than that of the distance between these two stakes. A person with freckles never has tuberculosis. put some of my hair in that hole. "When I was twelve years old I had asthma bad. then lay this under the front doorstep." 5650." 5630. Just at the top of my head she bore a hole in the door. and as they grow by the mark. to the skin]. a pup may be cooked and fed to the patient. take and stand the person up against a door — the door must be an outside door — bore a hole in the door at the top of their head. Just keep this up for nine months. Those who are very low with tuberculosis in the summer usually survive until the leaves fall. If one stake is driven at the head and another at the foot of an asthmatic child lying on the ground under the eaves of the house. then the plug. take the person and stand them up against the fireplace. and she got one and it sure did her a lot of good. 5644. dry the skin and split it open." RESPIRATORY DISTURBANCES Asthma . putting in this some of your hair. measure his height and note this length by driving three nails into the tree. After the bark grows over this aperture. then put your hair in this hole. a snail should be eaten daily on alternate periods of seven consecutive days. then give to the sick one. and stop it up with putty. 5642. 5641.B. 5658. This is a variant of the belief that a freckled person always has good health. She thought the house safer. cram into it same hair from the crown of your head.128 5624. "My aunt would never let me touch a weed in August that had turn yellow. then plug it up. bore a hole into the door jamb on a level with his head. put the lid on and let stand until the lemons eat all the shells up to a thick syrup. 5637. having bored a hole into the east side. To rid a child of asthma. one tablespoonful at mornings for nine mornings. go to the stable early each morning for three days and drink a spoonful of dew from the cow-manure pile.

Son and Holy Ghost when driving the nail in the hole. and just as soon as my brother's head was above that hole. The man used the ammonia. bore a hole." RHEUMATISM (5677-5804) 5677. as a substitute. having wedged it tightly in this hole. unless you begin by using an unripe one. This also makes you lucky at the same time. Rheumatism is cured with an insole of copper in each shoe. Let yourself be stung by the first bee each spring and you will not suffer from rheumatism that year. when this hair rots. then strain it and sweeten a little. and they took her out in the timber and chopped her hair into a tree: take it out in the timber and hold its hair up against a tree. Then start back and decrease one drop each night until you get back to one drop. My brother is an old man and he has never had the asthma since that. After the bark has grown over the hole. use copper in one shoe and brass in the other. One buckeye is worn in one of several places as a rheumatism remedy: about the neck. take the axe and chop the hair into that tree. Never let a chicken die in your hand while you are killing it. to lose this nut in the process of curing yourself brings bad luck. he will be freed from asthma. then they are doing you good. And that about the ammonia is what he told him. before the sap goes up. "I will never have the rheumatism. "I had several children --. the real chestnut is worn as a substitute. If an asthmatic person hides a lock of his hair in an old stump. and take a cup every three hours for two days." 5689. And she got well. Three teaspoonfuls of honey after each meal will rid you of rheumatism. 5666. I knew a man that lived out here in Augusta [Illinois] that had rheumatism for years.129 5664. "I know this is a cure for rheumatism.he snuff up his own urine. they say buckeyes are ineffective for rheumatism. his disease will go away as soon as this hair becomes rotten." 5667. one was my brother. Let an asthmatic child stand against a tree as you bore into the trunk a hole indicating the child's height. Then rest three nights and start in again. 5672. but he had it very bad and I am going to bore another hole for him. "If a child has asthma --. either a lump of alum is carried or the patient sleeps on a sock filled with powdered alum." 5668." HAY FEVER 5675. 5683. the asthma will be gone. then. when the child gets three inches above that cut on the tree. Put the eggs from large black ants in alcohol and use as a liniment on stiff joints. but she slept with one every night and she got over rheumatism. . and bore another hole. "My brother had asthma bad. Cure rheumatism by keeping a penny in your left shoe. and put in a pint of cold water and drink just before going to bed. and take some hair off the person's head on the top. then cut a lock of the child's hair and put in that hole." CATARRH 5674. "I know three people. then take a ten-penny nail and hammer that nail in the tree even with the child's top of the head." 5669. A person with asthma may bore a hole into the east side of a white oak tree and in the hole plug up some of his hair. for it gives you rheumatism. 5681. round the waist. Bore into the west side of a honey locust tree a hole just as high on the trunk as a child with asthma is tall and in this hole stop up some of his hair. Let an asthmatic sufferer hide some of his hair between the outer wall and plaster of a house. 5694. and after he had tried it the three times. the person will be well. then pull that nail out. "I knew a little girl about five years ago that had asthma. to do so will give you rheumatism. 5671. I am going to have him over again this week. Take the person to a linden tree. it will be cured. and when it grows over. You see. The person wearing copper wire around the left ankle will not be bothered with rheumatism. 5696. they are doing you no good. 5697. cut open a live chicken and put your foot into it as a cure. if both feet or legs. He had been in a wheelchair for two years when an old quack doctor came along and told him he could get him out of that chair. on the breast. because every night when I go to bed I tie a bag of camphor under each knee to keep from having it. 5688. He came over here. and after this hair decays. 5678. As a cure for rheumatism. then drive the nail back into the hole up to the head. good for rheumatism. the disease will vanish.when the moon is first turning to dark. always using a pint of cold water. a penny is worn under each inner sole at the ball of the foot. 5682. he could walk. then three times a day before meals for nine days. do this in the spring when the sap is going up. it will be well. The person who carries the knuckle bone out of a beef never has rheumatism. 5695. 5680. take the child and stand it up against a tree. if the buckeyes dry all up when wearing. then took his knife and cut a piece of bark off and put some of my brother's hair in that hole.a foot in each chicken. put in this hole. but this seems to be rare. Buzzard grease is good for applying to rheumatic pains. "I met a lady at the cemetery last week and she had three sunflower seeds in her pocketbook to help her hay fever. 5685. 5673. 5691. An old colored woman told me about crossing water. and the hole is almost covered over and he is a lot better. Sometimes. that had asthma and did this and got well: take a cup of trinity seeds and put a quart of boiling water over it and let cook. He had tried several of Quincy's best doctors and they could not help him. "My grandma had rheumatism and she just hated a cat. and under the bend of the knee." 5665. 5693. Moreover. once would be enough. lift up a lock of his hair and. My father took him out in the woods and stood him up against a tree. I will show you before you go. A coffin nail carried on your person prevents rheumatism." 5690. "I knew a man that had catarrh real bad and that was all that would help him --. but if they don't dry all up. Copper in one shoe and zinc in the other protects you against rheumatism. When the child grows above the head on the nail. Take pure ammonia. If one foot or leg is rheumatic. The child will lose the disease after he grows above the hole.we were all exposed to the hay fever. A bee sting at any time is supposed to be good for rheumatism. so I put all my children on the ferry boat and went across the river to run away from the hay fever. "That boy across the street there had asthma bad last spring." 5676. And finally. he got well. You must do this whole thing three times. 5684. Sometimes. sever the hair from the child's head. 5686." 5687. You must say In the Name of the Father. because a buckeye is also called a horse chestnut. Do not burn bones in a stove. I have a big linden tree in the back yard. increasing a drop each night until you have ten drops. As a preventive against rheumatism. I bored a hole in my linden tree and put some of his hair in it. and you will get well of asthma. "If you carry three buckeyes in a sack so they will be on your skin. Do this every night. two live chickens --. it is occasionally said. in a pocket (especially a hip pocket). Buckeyes used for curing rheumatism should always be carried in pairs." 5679. one drop. 5692. and we didn't get it. 5670.

I left my cane back home." 5717. When I was a girl going to school we lived back on the creek near Mendon. For rheumatism you may wear copper wire on the right leg and left wrist.' The man came home with my father and help us. We had all been out doing the chores. put them in a small white sack. Mother had a barrel by the kitchen door with a hen in it.just let a cyclone hit your house. 5715. Cow urine in a flannel cloth applied to the pains will cure rheumatism. I live down here in the South Bottom and I know several that did this and got well of rheumatism. . if you don't tell anyone in the house. Get the roots of the cottonwood tree on the north side of the tree." 5726. I know another person that tried it. wrap them in white paper. I got so I could not even walk. when one day a big cyclone hit our house. if in the left arm. you take the little dog and let it sleep with you. Free yourself from rheumatism with copper wire about the ankle and waist.' I liked the dog and didn't see any harm letting it sleep with me. and tied to the pains. round the left arm and right ankle. A piece of copper wire round your leg just above the knee is good for rheumatism. Poor father was sitting by the window feeling so bad. If you have rheumatism in one of your legs. The old hen was about to hatch. I put the dog out on the ninth morning and when I came home that night the dog didn't meet me. and we children and mother didn't do all the work on the farm. My father had rheumatism bad. but she got the roots out of the black dirt. When it hit our house. Take a teaspoonful of cream of tartar in a glass of water each morning for nine days and then discontinue the medicine during a similar length of time. Put it in bed with you for nine nights. He said he didn't know if the scare cure him or walking in the mud. Son and Holy Ghost. As an aid against rheumatism. 5718. Always keep a piece of copper --. Rheumatism can be cured by sleeping with corks in your mattress. or shoulder. 5705. 'How did you get here? you even don't have your cane. you will soon be well. put a copper wire or band about your waist. and wear this.in your pocket and you will not have rheumatic pains. He didn't want to try it. If you kiss three pennies. we saw the old barrel go up in the air. And she started it this week and I know she will get well now. I told her to get them out of the yellow clay. He sit around all the time with copper wire around his legs. There was a big old tree that had fell across the creek and we would walk this tree across the creek to go to school or to our neighbor's house. If you shoot a stray dog --.it must be shot with a gun --. 5704. 5722. Well." 5724. never went without one. A brass or copper ring on the middle finger of the left hand wards off rheumatism. We didn't know it then. and not to let anyone know what I did. To walk barefoot in the dew every morning drives away rheumatism. rub the finger of a dead person over the ailing joints In the Name of the Father. Similarly you may pin safety pins together in the form of a circle and wear this as a garter. round the left wrist. 5727.130 5698. and conversely. And he has not walked with a cane for ten years now. he walked with a cane all the time.usually a penny --. but others say those who sleep on feathers will always have rheumatism. arm. I said. would help him. keep copper wire round the other arm. every word. 5707. for we saw the storm coming. "I was boarding at a place years ago and they had a little dog there. round the waist. setting. 5700. as a garter or garters. Tie a penny under each knee before going to bed and your rheumatism will soon vanish. He even walked across the old log tree we all used.' The dog was sick all night and died on the eleventh morning. rheumatism will never bother you. and if the man had of told me the dog would die. He said. We looked for father and he was not there in the chair. They say silver and copper together are very good for rheumatism. 5723. I had rheumatism bad. We thought he too had went up in the air. 5716. if in the right arm.it was a sight. but when they got about halfway over the slough. When he got to this farmer's house. The man at the house thought I had kicked the dog. I am sixty-five now and have never had rheumatism since. 5699. Take the inside bark and make a strong tea and drink. She would not be without them. 5710. 5714. 5713. they absorb the disease. Three copper wires about each leg controls rheumatism. 5701. "About forty-five years ago a man had rheumatism so bad that for several years he could not walk or do any kind of work. It scared the man so. but did in a little while. A brass ring or a copper ring made from a penny may be used for rheumatism. Some say those who sleep on feathers will never have rheumatism." 5721. I can remember so well. 5702. The cyclone scared the rheumatism out of me. the man ran the skiff into a tree. others say this remedy is good only for rheumatic pains in the hand.we hated to see him hobble around and suffer. Some say you must not wear a gold ring at the same time.' But he didn't tell me the dog would die. I don't need a cane any more. keep copper wire round the right wrist. 'I never did a thing. 5725. Then the old man told me the dog had got my rheumatism and had died from it. 5711. If you have rheumatism in one of your arms. And when they looked. He never had the rheumatism after that. said every step he took made him suffer. 5712. 'Hell. It took the roof off the house and turn it clear around. If you have rheumatism in the right arm. "I have a brother-in-law out here beyond Fifth and Locust Street that had rheumatism bad. Some say this belt should be soaked in apple vinegar and salt. Our near neighbor was about a mile across the creek. One night when I came home on my cane an old man said. "I know a good cure for rheumatism --. But my father never used his cane any more. And I got well. will cure you. This is so. And on the tenth night the dog started toward me and it just screamed and screamed. wear copper wire round the right arm and left ankle. but he did at last. but he was well. he had it so bad that mother and us children did all the work on the place --. He had a man to row him across a slough down in the South Bottom. So that night I took the dog to bed with me and done just as the old man said. If you have rheumatism in the left arm. if you have rheumatism bad. he jumped out of the boat into the muddy water and walked to shore. But when I came home that night I notice the dog was limping.' My father said. on the ankle. I would go to work and they would have to bring me home. He ran over to get this neighbor that lived a mile across the creek. one at a time. To be immune from rheumatism. 'I will tell you something to get rid of your rheumatism. for my father was cured of the rheumatism where nothing else help. had mother making him poultices of ground glass to put on his joints. I told him about how cow manure poultice. 5709. Another thing my father is carrying for rheumatism: he took a quarter and had some copper put in the middle of it and carries that for his rheumatism. "A woman out here in Payson keeps a pair of ring-neck doves in the house all the time to keep the family from getting rheumatism. walked with a cane all the time. Repeat this alternate process to get rid of rheumatism. And on the seventh morning I could walk to work. 5719. wear copper wire on the opposite leg. there were three or four big water moccasin snakes lying there.cut off the tail while the carcass is warm. it was in so much pain. 5706. We all thought so much of the dog. the farmer said. 5708. split the tail and rub each half over your rheumatic pains. I think too much of the dog. 'When you go up to bed tonight. Persons with a piece of copper wire worn as a necklace are not subject to rheumatic trouble. I forgot just where he was going. for his cane was by the chair." 5720. I don't believe I would of done what I did. but be sure and put the dog out of bed before sunup. hen and eggs --. An eelskin is variously used for rheumatism: about the neck. 5703.

5729. You will not be bothered by rheumatism. round the arm below or above the elbow.if the potato starts to getting hard." 5768. A horseshoe-nail ring is no good for rheumatism. be put on first. He would look for them all the time. Women who wear their garters below the knees never contract rheumatism. Skunk oil is an ointment for rheumatism. As a treatment for rheumatism. put another new potato in his pocket." 5749. A horseshoe-nail ring is worn for rheumatism. if the potato stays soft. 5750. keep a nutmeg in your pocket. 5742. 5733. because he had rheumatism. The warm gall of a freshly butchered sheep may be rubbed on stiff joints. You may treat rheumatism with a teaspoonful of salt and red pepper mixed in each shoe. and he didn't take rheumatism. 5754. soon as it would get a little dry. and kept on doing that the four years." 5767. you will get the rheumatism. Nine times out of ten you will get it. if you burn old shoes. 5755. Do this until you get over the rheumatism. To strike a child anywhere above the hips is one of the causes of rheumatism. get someone to plow up a piece of ground and walk over fresh dirt every day barefooted. 5737. 5734. Thirteen raisins in a sack over the affected place will take away rheumatic pains. You can tell if the rheumatism is going into the potato and not you --. When he stop working in that damp place he didn't have any rheumatism. I went out here near Twentieth and Cedar and rented eight lots. He buried the potato. and when that got hard buried it. But I didn't pay any attention. 5748. and have burnt many a old shoe to get a meal. or wear one round your neck — on a white string say some. look out! for you are getting it. it had all gone into the potatoes he carried on him. for not listening to other people telling me not to do it. "A man right here in Lorraine wears an iron bolt hanging down his back and a bolt hanging in the front to keep rheumatism away. 5740. Red flannel is good for rheumatism when used in one of the following ways: on the ankle. Stay away from oleanders. "I had rheumatism bad when someone told me about the fresh dirt. The eye tooth of a hog may be carried in guarding yourself against rheumatism. Works that a bag of salt on the chest was very good. if in the lower part of the body. 5766. 5770. Pains in rheumatism can be alleviated by drinking three cupfuls of garlic tea daily for three days and then eating one garlic a day for five days. Rheumatism can be kept away. If you have rheumatism in the upper part of the body. will cure you. get a quart of the mud dauber nest." 5 732. if it rots. Treat rheumatism by carrying a lemon in your pocket. They say if you work in a damp place. 5746. I don't have any more pains. 5741. A lodestone in your pocket is a rheumatism remedy. 5753. the next day eight. He put a potato in his pocket and when that potato got hard as a rock he knew the potato was getting the rheumatism and not him. if you carry that little round bone from a ham joint. cook good. This is the general rule. "If you have rheumatism." 5761. Further. You will find relief from rheumatism. I had a man to plow the ground and I walked over fresh dirt every morning. they cause rheumatism. and sleeping between red flannel blankets. the next day nine. about the wrist. "My husband went to work in a damp place." 5743. unless you accidentally find a lost horseshoe containing eight nails and make the ring from one of them. 5730. "I had been suffering for months with rheumatism pains when a man told my husband on the W. This was an old Indian remedy that an Indian gave to my grandfather. The person who keeps a guinea pig in bed with him at night never has rheumatism. Potatoes will not cure rheumatism unless you steal them. he will get rheumatism. if you string a potato and wear it about your waist against the skin. I put a bag on right away. as garters below or above the knees. 5739. 5736. take jimson seed. 5763. and take one. Sometimes a pod of red pepper without the salt is kept in each shoe. Spit on a rock for three mornings. If you have rheumatism. but some say you must wear it on a little finger. it is getting it. carry an Indian turnip in your pocket. the next day three. 5758. the potatoes may be peeled. and after you have forgotten about the rock your rheumatism will be gone. For ridding yourself of rheumatism. worked there for four years. . then put another hot one on before the first gets real cool. "My husband kept mud dauber nest in the house all the time. Mare milk as a drink helps rheumatism. 5738. under each knee. Continue this alternate rite until well. "My mother did this. have it plowed again. She did this for the rheumatism. Hair cuttings or combings thrown on the floor gives you rheumatism. successful. wear a silver bracelet on either arm and another one on the opposite leg. And now I have the rheumatism so bad I can't get around. the next day four. years ago when I was young. Three small potatoes are carried in the pocket for rheumatism. 5764. 5759." But some say: if you are carrying a potato and it becomes hard. She was eighty-five when she died. then the next day two. and she had her shoes turned upside down under the bed when she died. put them in a skillet with one-half cup of salt and one cup of vinegar. Of course [in contrast with her present poverty] this was about thirty years ago. P. Rheumatic pains will never attack the person who always puts on his left shoe first." 5744. 5765: One shoe set in the other when going to bed at night is a help for rheumatism. People with rheumatism should wear a mole skin. 5756. sleep with a bag of wild hops under each arm. in all potato-cures for rheumatism. the next day five. then put this on your knee as hot as you can stand. the remedy will be unsuccessful. hide it under your front porch. "They told me that.131 5728. If you have rheumatism. 5757. 5760. but some say the right shoe should . A rabbit foot may be worn for rheumatism. Salt sprinkled in your shoes is a good remedy for rheumatism. 5735. Sometimes two potatoes are worn in a belt. leave on. 5745. I am telling you the truth. 5751. As a remedy for rheumatism. 5762. the next day seven. Unless a person burns his hair clippings or combings. 5752. 5731. I am seventy-five years old this week and I am cured of the rheumatism. 5747. You can see for yourself I am a very spry old woman at seventy-five and with no rheumatism. carry a potato on you all the time to keep rheumatism away. A silver coin tied on your ankle guards you against rheumatism. Then wait three days and start all over. the next day six. 5769. Halve a potato and wear one half on each knee to cure rheumatism. Your rheumatism is cured by keeping a fresh rabbit skin on the affected place.

fishingworm and redworm --.132 5771. To cure a blister on the tongue. You just can't take a foot and carry it. Never open a blister before sunset. and it cured the fever blister right away. A person gets rid of rheumatism by mashing up fresh wintergreen plants." 5797. "The nurse at X. 5780. you will never be stiff. will keep away rheumatism. then strip the flesh up toward the body above the first joint. skin its foot up above the first joint." 5809. in the hatband. or by boiling them down in water or frying them. then rub it over the cold sore. Do not throw out the water in which you wash your feet at night. and if you carry this leg." 5808. A hatband made from the skin of the first snake killed in the season will take away rheumatic pains. A rattlesnake skin tied about each arm prevents rheumatism in the arms. But some say this skin must come from the first blacksnake of the season. As a remedy for rheumatism in your feet or legs. "If you carry a squirrel right-hind foot. A white woolen rag may be tied round your leg or arm for rheumatism. then some of my earwax. wait until the following day. if you do. Anoint rheumatic joints with grease rendered from a blacksnake. and in both shoes. and it cured him of the rheumatism. "If you have a cold sore [fever blister] on your lips. rattlesnake or water moccasin is the snake usually prescribed --. Keep an unripe walnut in your pocket as a remedy for rheumatism. for you know a squirrel is always jumping around. 5783. blister. In this remedy.blacksnake." 5794. and he walked across and back seven straight mornings barefooted. Oil made from the common worm --. 'What is a thunderbolt?' The old Negress explained that they are found under the trees after a big thunderstorm. rub a turkey wishbone on both knees and burn the bone. poor soul.Eczema . 5804. You can cure your rheumatism by eating the heart of a rattlesnake. and keep repeating this alternate rite for rheumatism. the rheumatism in your hands will soon leave.never break it.Chapping . 5792. I sure would get well. If you bore a hole into a sugar maple tree and stop up in this hole some of your toe-nail and finger-nail cuttings. 5775. 5777. Refill the pan when empty. This old Negress said to the nurse. If you have rheumatism.Chafing . 5807. keeping them on top of one another. 5786. stop for three days. usually red. 5796. you will get rheumatism. 5802. 5774. 5778. 5799.worm. 5784. Twist two strands of white yarn together. 5803. 5789. and use it round the knee for rheumatism.variously called angleworm. 5801. Take a teaspoonful of soda night and morning for three days. 5790. and throwing the plants away. 5806. told me today that she went to see a very old Negro woman who had a severe case of rheumatism. And he went down here at the foot of Chestnut Street to a little stream of water that ran into the Quincy Bay and stood barefooted three times a week in this stream with his feet pointing to the Bay. Rattlesnake rattles are used for rheumatism in one of the following ways: they are worn next to the skin of the waist." SKIN COMPLICATIONS (5805-5904) Blister .always unjoint it." 5782. if after washing your hands and face in the morning you dry your hands first. A snake hide --. round the arm. and your feet will always be free from rheumatism. Change every week. You can cure your rheumatism by eating some blacksnake meat. A rattlesnake skin is carried in the pocket for rheumatism. 5785. will do no good --. Sulphur in your shoes will cure rheumatism. he had rheumatism bad. bathe the affected parts with your own urine. Rheumatism can be cured by rubbing the ailing parts with the gold meat [yellow meat] of a turtle. Some say the sulphur cures you by going up through your system. A person rubs a finger behind the ear and wipes it on a fever blister as a remedy. . Some say you must render this oil from the severed head of a blacksnake that was captured before it could bite itself. A piece of yarn. you will never be stiff and have rheumatism. the sulphur may be kept in the mattress of your bed. Any kind of snake skin when applied to rheumatic joints will lessen the pains. 5772. round one finger. 5779. then put a piece of copper on top of it. you will have bad luck. earth. wrap round the aching part a red flannel rag that was dipped into the urine of a child. 5793.Erysipelas (5805-5827) BLISTER 5805. taking away the pains. he's dead now. set it outdoors in the morning. roll this in sulphur. If you have rheumatism. If you trim your toe-nails on Sunday. Instead of this. so the water would take his rheumatism on into the Bay. You have to take a squirrel. 5773." 5798.can be worn against your skin as a belt to help rheumatism. will make you limber. 5795. you must know how to fix this squirrel foot. blister. is tied in one of the following places for rheumatism: over the pain. above or below the knee. 5788. spit into the fire three times while saying Blister. 5800. Of course. "I know a man that is doing this and it is helping him fine. Treat rheumatism by setting a pan of water under the bed and keeping it there. 5810. The oil can be secured either by letting the worms decompose in the sun. 5776. and in the pocket. it is often required that you yourself must kill the snake. Then change and put the copper down and the piece of zinc on top for a week. then cut the skin off. A piece of zinc in a woolen cloth about your neck is good for rheumatism. You will never have rheumatism. 5791. am about the ankle after the yarn has been dipped in turpentine. 'If I could only get a thunderbolt. not spilling a drop or putting a drop more water in that bucket. "I knew a man that had rheumatism and he went to a clear stream of water early in the morning. and rubbed on it.' The nurse asked. then tie the sinew around the upper part of the body. then unjoint the leg at the first joint --. If you have rheumatism. rubbing them over the affected parts. 5787. "I had a bad fever blister several weeks ago and I took the saliva on my finger. and wear it in both shoes for a week. and in the snake remedies preceding. I will bet you anything it will be well by the next night. take a piece of zinc. 5781. "Another old rheumatism saying: if you will put a bucket of water under the bed every night. take a match and stick it in your ear. go away. Sometimes the live worms are bound on the rheumatic pains. "I knew an old colored man well. A blister or a pimple on the tongue comes from telling a lie. Sunflower seed in your shoes protects you against rheumatism.is one of the best known remedies for rheumatism.

5821. you'll lose your power. 5818. And she could only tell a man." ERYSIPELAS l5824.the one. 5826 Several years ago [1936] my sister and I while in the country heard of an erysipelas cure that had been worked with an Indian arrowhead by an old woman formerly well known as a healer. She had had two doctors and they didn't seem to help her. Fresh yellow clay or dirt from a road may be applied for chafing.133 CHAFING 5811. and he had several cats around the butcher shop. but he knew he could help her. Do this for three successive mornings as a remedy. then take that tail with the blood end and make a mark. Have to tell a woman. Just do it as a favor." 5825. any kind of flint will do. on the sole. held them up and asked. As a cure for chafing or galling. A person who washes his hands with the first snow prevents them from chapping that winter. Just like a handle. Our informant." He seemed amused. elderly men. mullein leaves in the hip pocket or a leaf in the baby's diaper for a baby. and I had St. Let the warm blood from a freshly killed beef drip on eczema of the hands for a cure. green mustard tops. left it on twenty-four hours. and a bag of saltpetre pinned on the corset or shirt tail for galling between the legs and on the arm for galling in the armpit. That woman got well.two prongs sticking out from a handle. Only cure I know." "Suppose you gave this secret to a woman younger than yourself and she abused your trust. years ago everyone that had any diseases would go down to this creek [in South Park] and wish it in the creek. "This old man said. Fortunately. and it had drawn out all the inflammation in her face and eyes. ragweed tops in the hip pocket. rub a finger behind the ears and then wipe it on your lips. one of the following things may be carried --. that's a breaking-out. by telling it to another woman or to a man older than herself?" . But that's good for any kind of skin trouble. Treat chapped hands by washing them with your own urine. She could not see out of her eyes. Fact is. dogweed (dog fennel) leaves." 5823. I decided to visit the business man first. ECZEMA 5819. "I knew a woman that lived on Sixth and Washington Street that had erysipelas very bad. and he had also known my father. say. but the finger may be rubbed in the armpit. "I lived in the South when I was a girl. So he went back to the butcher shop and killed one of the cats. buckeye." "Could you?" "Yes. 5820. elder and mullein leaves mixed. He became quite friendly. skin it. Eczema can be cured by stroking it with the hand of a corpse.the weather (it was about ninety-five in the shade). "What do you think of them?" One of the objects was an Indian arrowhead. He said he knew a woman one day that was well and walked across the bridge that went over that creek and got eczema bad and almost died. "I know a man that had eczema bad on his hands and he came to the blacksmith shop where I worked and washed his hands in that slack water every day for two weeks and he got well. opened a drawer. not only erysipelas. would of let her go blind.u-shaped --. then the back the same way. And I have to tell a woman younger than myself. mule tail leaves. bitterweed. then both arms. Mix the white part of chicken manure with fresh lard and rub on a baby's chafed bottom. he could help her with an old German remedy that he had heard about from the old country. I found this one myself. "Wonderful! May I hold them?" "Sure. the other. the other was a piece of steel shaped like this --. Those days they let the stock all run loose and father had a lot of cows. warm. And she told her to do this: take two inches of a black cat tail and cut off. powder a mud dauber nest and apply. but said two of the old woman's sons. explained my work. 5813.water. people on relief. but he said he got her well when the doctor didn't do any good. If you don't. professionally engaged in the healing tradition of the family. when one day an old Irish woman came in and told my mother I would die if she didn't do something for me. it was not very nice. See. or between the toes. 5816. took it off. and then burn the twigs while saying In the Name of the Father." "Why is the steel in a shape like this?" "No reason. The doctor and some other people made fun of my father. which I actually wanted. he knew a boyhood friend of mine who at that time lived on a farm in the neighborhood. starting at the top of the head and going down the front as far as you can. a business man. find three twigs and rub them over your eczema. 5817. This is the general rule. Son and Holy Ghost. My father run a butcher shop near Sixth and Washington. mine. But my mother used an arrowhead. Anthony fire bad. This water should be bottled and kept so that it is ready for use at the beginning of cold weather. if they are washed in March snow. "Wait a minute. 5812. Those old remedies are a lot better than the doctor's remedies. and he would have to be younger than her. took out two implements. a nearby farmer. 5814." "Must you use an arrowhead?" "No. And I got well. who was related to the healer's family. Those prongs are like a guard. Easier to hold. the owner of a hardware store in the small town a few miles away. grape leaves in the pocket or under the sheet of your bed. Hands do not chap during the winter. 5822. She told him to try. and put that cat skin all over her face.I told the man who I was. served as an excuse. Get up before sunrise. but I couldn't tell you." "Have you ever told anyone how you use these?" "No. He went over and told this woman: if she would let him. I put my hand through here and let these two prongs stick out. I've done that cure for years. No danger of skinning your hand. CHAPPING 5815. To cure chapped lips. elder leaves in the hip pocket for galling of the crotch and on the shoulders for galling in the armpits. were still alive --." He went over to his desk. I had it made like that years ago by a blacksmith. did not know any details.usually in the pocket: alum in a bag. Not so much recently. For chafing in young children. Our conversation ended something like this: "So you're going over to see my brother about that old cure of my mother's." "Your mother's?" "No. prospects from the approaching harvest --. The purchase of a dipper. business conditions. After the usual talk about things in general --. and offered what credentials I could muster.

On each of the first three mornings of May get up before four o'clock and wash your face with dew that you have scooped up in your hands. while striking these sparks from the top of the head down to the finger tips of the right hand. Freckles can be removed by washing your face with dew from grass on the first nine mornings of May. begin to strike down on the flint. if you get up before sunrise on the first three mornings of May and wash them with dew from red clover. but both girls had a lot of freckles.Poison Ivy (5828-5890) FRECKLES 5828. She's younger than you and older than I. They had their dresses made. your hands on some part of the body to which you want the freckles transferred. As a cure for freckles. you must repeat three times: "While fire flies away. and the freckles left my face and went to my shoulders.134 "That wouldn't hurt me. perform the complete rite at that time. neither woven nor spun. Probably the healer will need a healer for himself. then wait once more. probably directly or indirectly from Pennsylvania-Dutch] all the time. 5835. A remedy for freckles is to wash your face with dew before sunrise in March. explained the hocus pocus to my sister. If you kneel down in the grass on the first of May before sunrise. 5827. 5834. then again just before the following sunrise. In about a half hour my sister came out. So I went out. wash your face in dew before dawn on the first seven mornings of May. and they heard that if you would put cow manure all over your face. in this extreme case. even to the heels if necessary. hence. just like she was measuring me. There is a rhyme about how you can get rid of freckles: "Wash in water. So they made up their mind to try before the party. 5832. Wrote down the details immediately. and she went into the store while I stayed in the car.then I put my hands on my shoulders. And in two days I was well. three days or a multiple of three. It got out. and. With our arrowhead cure safely bestowed. and as far as the pain or disease extends. and red. "When I was a girl I had erysipelas bad. Here they are. 5831. (4) Start at the top of the patient's head. The next morning when they washed. (3) Start at the top of the patient's head. and you explain everything to her?" After some hesitation he agreed to the plan. cross your hands and keep them crossed while you rub downwards over your face to the shoulders. and perform the rite again. to the finger tips. even if it extends to the toes." This means you must wash in dew and dry in the sun. if you commence before sunrise. in the center.our informant called this striking fire --." "How old are you?" "I'm X. 5833. and rub it on that part of your body to which you want them transferred. and started at my head and went to my toes with the three strings. "Years ago two girls out in the country near Burton and Liberty was going to a party." 5837. catch some fresh urine from a cow. Dry by towel. then. center of the body as far as there is pain or the disease can be seen. as already stated. Tame fire devours you. The cow had been eating something green and it stain their faces. it would take them off. for their faces were too green. then rest . was brought over from Germany by the informant's grandmother.Itch . years old. Therefore. Now. one white. (2) Start at the top of the patient's head. slowly." Freckles . "My face was just full of freckles. The incantation must be said three times and the whole act repeated three times. over the right ear. He refused to tell us anything. you must go to the pasture. I wouldn't. in the center. We had the cure. then took three long strings. and with high hopes. then again just after the following sunset.containing the four separate acts." This whole act must be done three times. 5838. the incantation is repeated nine times. walk out of the house backwards. You must hold a piece of steel in your right hand and strike downwards on a flint held by your left hand --. perform the complete rite at that time. My mother took me to an old woman. . It was another one of the hundreds of disappointments and failures one meets while collecting folklore. and strike sparks down over the face. come down. Go out to a wheat-field in your nightclothes on the first of May and wash your face with dew to remove freckles. You will never have freckles. and strike sparks down to the left finger tips while repeating the incantation three times. in the center. which has been worked in the community since about 1850. wipe it off with your hands. if the complete rite performed on three separate occasions fails to cure the patient. It took the girls several days to get the green off their faces. and then again after the next sunset. we next went out to see the other brother. so I got up on the first day of May and washed my hands in the early-morning dew --. She done this three times at a time and three times a day." 5829. and she would powwow [not a local term. your freckles will leave. Repeat the incantation three times and the whole act three times. lay the palms of your hands flat into the dew. neither rain nor run. and strike sparks down the back of the head. shoulder and arm. send her in. I do not know what happens. made me lie down. is repeated three times --. mouth. and perform the rite for the third time. in the center. 5840. Your freckles will soon vanish." "Would you be willing to give the secret to a woman younger than yourself?" "I might. To remove freckles. down the middle of the back.as you go through the following four actions of the complete rite: (1) Start at the top of the patient's head. nose.then lay your hands on some other part of your body and the freckles will go to that place --. and put it allover their faces. and wash your face with it. making sparks. And if this fails to cure the patient. This remedy. 5830. They both stayed at one house. if on the first day of May you bathe your face in the dew off growing wheat. This woman put me on a long board. and then again just before the next sunrise. 5839. the complete rite is performed 9 times and each of the 4 acts 27 times ---which means going down the body 128 times and repeating the incantation 324 times. your freckles will transfer to the latter place. Suppose I go out. and the boys and girls had a good time over them missing the party over getting rid of the freckles. The complete rite --.must be performed after sunset or before sunrise. This whole act must be done three times. they were all green. Do this on seven mornings. If you arise on the first of May. and it must be repeated on three different occasions as follows: if you commence after sunset. wait awhile.Pimple ." "See that automobile out in front? See that woman in it? That's my sister. the professional healer. blue. She would lose her power. and they will soon appear at that spot. bathe your face with dew. each of which. They got rid of the freckles but didn't get to go to the party. continuing the sparks." 5836.Hives .

5854. and take about two drops of the blood and feed to the baby. then put your hands where you want your freckles. Cobwebs rubbed on an itching caused by a crack behind your ear will cure it. 5861. and see. 5845. hence a person with hives should never go swimming. stop three times." 5878. Bottle the last snow of the season and use it as a lotion for washing away freckles.135 5841. If you bathe your face before sunrise on the first ten mornings in May. As a rite for losing freckles." 5869. Use the first snow of the season as a wash to take off freckles. 5847. for my toes are so bad from being out in the strawberry patch. . if you keep about it three strands of yarn. PIMPLE 5884. Ground-itch can be cured by holding your toes under a cow that is relieving herself and letting the urine run over them. 5873. Take a razor and cut a little place on the shoulder of a new baby. For a toe-itch cure. 5882. Rub the itching soles of your feet with coffee grounds. You must shake the bottle daily for nine days and wash with the liquid after the ninth day. A toe never cracks open. Regardless of the toe affected with cow-itch. 5844. will never have hives. ITCH 5864. To make freckles disappear. The urine of a healthy child used as a face lotion three times a day is a good freckle remover. 5883. This water is a good wash for freckles. 5853. arise before daylight on the first three mornings of May and bathe your face in dew. the itch will be thrown away with the grounds. 5881. 5860. 5875. Sometimes they go in the patient because he gets them wet. All of this must be done before sunrise. 5870. Early on Easter morning go to running water. To free yourself from pimples. Your mother's dish rag rubbed on the soles of your feet takes away an itching in them." 5857. a white woolen string is worn round the ankle. but this remedy must be repeated for nine days. it will give you freckles. One of the best remedies to force out hives. to go through a patch of corn after dark will give you the itch." This is also a cure for blackhead or fleshworm. wash your face with water standing in a hollow stump. rub them against a hog trough. 5848. Some think bran put in this water and allowed to sour makes the remedy more effective. 5885. 5855. This ailment is variously known as cow-itch. Grate horse-radish into mare milk and use as a lotion for removing freckles. 5856. 5886. 5850. 5876. 5867. 5871. rub saliva on the affected place three times a day and cover with cigar ashes. would take away your freckles. "I have often heard my grandmother tell this: it's an old saying. remove the scum next morning. Water from the first snow of March makes a good lotion for taking away freckles. To cure barber's-itch. One shoe pointed east and the other west will stop an itching on your foot. 5865. Lose freckles by washing them with your own urine. The white part of chicken manure mixed with lard makes a good itch salve. Sheep-dung tea is a good wash for hives. "I just tried this just last week. I put my freckles on my elbows. As a wash for itch. As a remedy in curing hives. "If you want to get rid of your freckles. 5863. An oak stump is occasionally required. It was a spring past time among children years ago to pop into each other's faces the squirters or soft seedpods of the silver maple tree. boil down twelve walnut leaves in a quart of water to a pint and having strained this add a teaspoonful of sulphur. Wear a black-yarn string on your toe for cow-itch. 5868. This juice was supposed to cause freckles. To rid yourself of ground-itch. Bathe hives with tea brewed from dog manure. Some say any snow of March can be used. a yarn string about the little toe cures it." 5851. especially out of children having bull hives (large hives). Pimples can be cured by washing them with lemon juice for nine mornings. I wash my freckles away. Never wash your face with water in which eggs have been boiled. I am wearing one now. "Another thing I used to do for toe-itch was to take a piece of white yarn off my white-wool shawl I was wearing and tie around my toe. provided you say the Lord's Prayer while washing. and use the clear liquid. To make a lotion for removing freckles. Hives can be cured by rubbing hog dung over them. The first rule in the cure of hives requires that they be forced out as soon as possible. the skin of your toes will crack open. 5880. "I knew a woman that did this to all ten of her children and they never had hives. In this case. you are supposed to let the urine remain in a pot overnight." 5859. If you step on a spot where a cow has urinated. Lemon juice rubbed on freckles for nine nights and nine mornings removes them. "I always wear a red-yarn string around a cracked toe." 5874. milk a mare in your hands and wash your face with that milk. ground-itch and toe-itch. "I always wash my face every morning in my own urine to keep from having pimples. you will soon lose freckles. 5877. 5849. for turning in or going in the person will bring death. take this itching away from my toe. 5842. and then return home. bathe your face in a running stream before sunrise on the first of May while saying: "This is the first of May. walk downstream. HIVES 5858. Wipe your face daily with a baby's wet diaper to get rid of freckles. "My grandmother said wash in the first snow of May. 5852. I did this. wrap an apple peeling round it while saying Apple Peeling. each time taking up some water and putting it in a bottle. 5872. 5879. A person who wiggles his toes in a fresh cow-cake or cow-plaster and lets the manure dry on them will lose ground-itch. I had toe-itch and I spit on it and it cured it. 5862. then go back to bed and let the dew dry on your face. 5843." 5846. put lemon-rind juice and ten raisins in a bottle filled with water that has run or dripped from the eaves of the house. Cracked toes are treated by binding them with a yarn string that was dipped into melted lard. 5866." Sometimes this string is dipped into bacon fryings or turpentine. is tea made from the white part of chicken manure.

"My mother said. To have another person's shoes beneath your bed will give you a sleepless night. 5921. 5901. 5898. Thrush is prevented. This rite must be repeated on three successive mornings. 5922." 5924. the disease will be gone. carry it a drink that he or she has secured from a running stream by using the left hand to dip up the water with the right shoe. 5900. Son and Holy Ghost. To cure insomnia. 5932. you will always be poisoned by poison ivy. Son and Holy Ghost. the water in which a blacksmith cools hot iron. An old shoe should be burned and the ashes used in washing out the mouth of a child with thrush. I get up and put my head at the foot of the bed to make me go to sleep. others say your shoes must rest beneath the bed so that the toes point away from the bed. Then she put a pair of scissors [they must be open say some] under her pillow and slept fine. "My baby had the thrush bad and all I did was to wash its mouth out every morning with the corner of her wet diaper. any book containing the Lord's Name may be used. she would always get up and put her stocking with the foot under her chin. 5892. rub the bottom of your left ear and you will soon be asleep. and he got well. Six frogs or toads fried in a quart of lard down to a pint of grease make an ointment good for scrofula. 5888. Count one hundred backwards after you go to bed and you will soon fall to sleep. Brown paper beneath your pillow will make you sleep better. you will not rest. and you will sleep better. "My daughter was working down in the shoe factory and she was so nervous she could not sleep. lie on it that way. To rid a baby of thrush. 5923. As a remedy for nervousness at night. 5919.Snoring . 5902. A person unable to sleep should get up and put some garlic in his shoes. keep a hatchet beneath the mattress. Hold a live minnow so that it breathes (opens and closes its gills) three times in the child's mouth as a thrush remedy. let an adult. of the same sex but unrelated to the child. put a lock of its hair in a hole that you have bored into a tree to indicate the child's height.Tetter .136 POISON IVY 5887. Treat poison ivy by bathing it with your own urine. if beneath the head of the bed. I took him out in the country to a farmhouse and let him inhale the steam from a hot manure pile. unless your bed rests east and west --. take off the pillowcase. The water in which a blacksmith cools hot iron. Some say your shoes must rest beneath the bed so that the toes point towards the bed. 5904.Scrofula . 5927. if you always carry seven grains of red popcorn in your hip pocket. is a good wash for poison ivy. its mouth may be rinsed out with the father's urine. you will rest well. To secure a sound sleep. 5893. whenever she would worry and could not sleep at nights. 5926. . Never sleep with the head of your bed to the west. 5890. 5899." 5933. If you are restless during the night. 5931. but to be effective the water must dry on the skin. 5906." 5909. to make you sleep well. put a Bible under your head. and wrap the rest of the stocking around her neck." 5903. "I know this is so. she would get up and walk around the bed so she could. and she would go to sleep right away. A person sleeps well with two needles crossed beneath the pillow. "My mother. Keep your shoes turned upside down at night and you will sleep well. 5917. 5894. for when my baby got the thrash and nothing would help. "If I can't sleep at night. A posthumously born person whose father did not die a natural death can cure a baby's sore mouth by breathing on it." 5908. 5920. 5889. A person born after his father's death has the power to cure such childhood ailments as rash.by blowing on the disease. and when the child grows above this mark. Water in a bucket or pan beneath the bed cures insomnia. The person who sleeps with legs spread apart will never snore. is used as a wash for rash and tetter. 5907. 5935. 5918. You will not sleep well. If you were born in a month containing the letter R.the direction in which the earth revolves. but if the month of your birth does not have the letter R. 5916. to make you sleep well. and thrush --. SLEEP DIFFICULTIES (5905-6004) Insomnia .Thrush (5891-5904) 5891. Rash . As a treatment for thrush. 5910. 5915. during the night get up. If a child has tetter. if she couldn't sleep at night. turn the pillow over. 5911. get up and change the position of your shoes or turn them in the opposite direction. Insomnia is cured by keeping a four-leafed clover beneath your pillow. called slack-water or blacksmith-water. lay your shoes under the bed with the toes touching each other and make the sign of the cross while saying In the Name of the Father. tetter. 5928. saying In the Name of the Father. 5929. Slack-water.commonly called thrash --. The person who sleeps with his shoes beneath the bed will be restless all night. If you awaken during the night and cannot go back to sleep. The person who gets poison ivy has it seven consecutive summers. you are immune. Three sow-bugs carried alive in a sack about the child's neck cures thrush. you will not sleep well.Sleep-Talking (5905-5948) INSOMNIA 5905. People who sleep badly should put a butcher-knife under the pillow." 5897. 5912. 5896. Scrofula can be cured by cutting open a live frog and using it as a poultice. You can sleep well at night by having a knife and fork crossed beneath your pillow. 5913. An open Bible kept under your pillow prevents restlessness at night. if you wipe out a baby's mouth with its first wet diaper. A file beneath your pillow makes you sleep well. Sometimes the breath is blown into the patient's mouth. 5914. Those unable to sleep well should lay an onion under the pillow or hang one over the head of the bed. 5895. 5930. Salt anywhere under or in the bed is effective against sleeplessness. 5925. SNORING 5934. You will sleep soundly. If you sleep with your shoes beneath the foot of the bed. To keep yourself from snoring. If you do not have a Bible.

If a person snores. 5965. of a quarter. 5978. of a dime." 5974. Shoes kept under the side of the bed with toes pointing out prevent night sweat. 'I am going to put a pan of water for you to fall in. 5942.' In about an hour I heard my son coming down the stairs for the third time. 5944.Nightmare (5949-6004) SLEEP-WALKING 5949. the third night. The next morning I told him what he done with the money and he said he did buy them. Your night sweat can be cured. A person when disturbed by nightmare should turn his pillow over and make the sign of the cross on it. and the eighth morning. 5947. 5951. 5959. If you boil red corncobs in your teakettle until you have a quart of juice and drink a half cupful of this tea each night until it is exhausted. never spilling a drop or putting a drop to it. Keep a Bible beneath your pillow and you will not have nightmare. 5966." 5967. You can ask a sleeptalker questions and he will answer correctly. but the depth of the water must be different each night as follows: on the first night the distance from the water to the top of the tub is the width of a silver dollar. he will tell you his secrets. It is sometimes said this water must be emptied each morning unknown to the sleeper. But don't put them under the bed. Sleep-Walking . then put the same bucket of water under the bed that night. A pan of boiling water set under the bed just beneath the patient's back will cure night sweat. I said. The second time I said. "If you have night sweats. The snores of a sleeper can be stopped at once by telling him to stop snoring. 5940. 5970. I went and put a big pan of water at the foot of the stairs. 5946. 5950. One night he came down the stairs. The person beneath whose bed you keep a pan of water for nine nights will soon lose his night sweat. if someone secretly puts under your bed a pan of water in which potatoes have been boiled. Salt beneath the bed or under the sheet cures night sweat. 5968. The person who keeps a Bible under his pillow will not talk in his sleep. a Bible should be kept beneath your pillow. To cure night sweat. 5977." NIGHT SWEAT 5954. The person who keeps his shoes under the bed will have night sweat. hold his big toe. your night sweat will soon be gone. keep your shoes under the bed so that the toes point toward the foot of the bed. 5948. 5969. using the same water. you will not be bothered by night sweat. then set in the sun again next morning. 'Mother. and the fourth night. 5964. Years ago we were living on a farm out near Burton and my brother came to town [Quincy]. take a bucket of water and set it under the bed. That broke him. Never awaken a sleepwalker. If you rub your finger between the large toe and the next one just before going to bed and smell your finger. Whistle at the sleeper and he will stop snoring. If you hold a mirror before the face of a person who is talking in his sleep. Make a person talk in his sleep by holding his hand in muddy water. 5972. As a method for learning the secrets of a person who is asleep. 5937. if you come down again. "If anyone is talking in their sleep and you want to know what they are saying. 5955. If you lay a wet cloth on a sleeptalker's head. SLEEP-TALKING 5939. To make a person talk while asleep or to understand what a sleeptalker is saying. lay a horseshoe on their breast with the points up and they will tell you all they know. Rid yourself of night sweat by keeping grape leaves under the sheet. the second night. Some say the head of the tool must lie beneath the lower part of your back. This must be done in secret. 5975. A sleeping person will talk when his little finger is held in a glass of water. provided you do not mention his name. 5958. Night sweat can be stopped by putting a cup of cold sage tea under the bed. lay a lemon under his pillow. To prevent night sweat. Do this without the patient knowing anything about it. The patient must not be aware of what is being done. 5952. This is occasionally called potato-water. In the morning take it out. throw the water away and you will throw your night sweats away too. When he got home he forgot what he did with the money. of a half dollar. You can't spill a drop of the water after you have it in the bucket. 5938. 5956. turn your shoes upside down under the bed. If an ax with the point up is secretly laid under the bed of a person who has nightmare. . put his hand in a glass of water. 5957. He never walked again in his sleep. You must do this for seven nights. A bucket or pan of cold water secretly set under the patient's bed will cure night sweat. Sleep-walking can be prevented by secretly keeping a glass or pan of water under the victim's bed. "Whenever my husband has night sweats I always get up and set his shoes by the bed with the toes from the bed and it sure helps.137 5936. wait until tonight and I will find out. a person will not walk while asleep. 5971. When he got to the bottom he fell in the water. 5945." NIGHTMARE 5976. If an onion is cut in half and laid under the pillow. 5962. 5960. Sleep with cedar bark or leaves in a bag under your pillow and you will not have night sweat. 5973. 5943. As a protection against your sleep-walking. "My son walked in his sleep. a cure will soon follow. You can cure night sweat in four nights with a tub of water beneath the bed. Night sweat is prevented by keeping your shoes under the exact center of the bed. "When my husband starts to have night sweats I always put a pan of water under the bed with an ax across the pan and it will keep them away. A potato kept under the bed is a good remedy for night sweat. The patient must not know what you are doing. As a remedy for night sweat. Scissors kept beneath the bed or mattress prevents a person from talking while asleep.Night Sweat . 5953. set in the sun. he will tell you what you want to know. 5961. lay an ax or hatchet under your bed. you might kill him by the sudden shock (separate his wandering or confused soul from his body). 5963." 5941.' So when he went to bed I put a horseshoe on his breast and he started to tell what he did with the money — he bought a girl a cheap dress and a pair of stockings. Water in a pan or bucket beneath the bed for seven nights is a remedy for night sweat.

6013. If in the manner of walking you lay one of your shoes about two feet in front of the other near or under the foot of the bed so that each toe points away from the bed.138 5979. The gall of a sheep and a half teaspoonful of salt boiled twenty minutes in a cupful of water makes a liniment for a sore. a horse halter should be hung on the foot of the bed and a bridle put under the bed. but a red-nosed dog licking a sore inflames it. 5994. she put this on to draw to a head. If the bandage is burned. Nightmare is always worse on a rainy night. 5995. Rid yourself of a sore on any part of the body by carrying elder leaves in your pocket. after you lay a knife under your pillow and stuff the keyhole of the bedroom door with cotton. and she got well. 5998. A fork under your pillow rids you of nightmare. Sometimes. 'I have been praying every day and night that we will find one on the creek. go to bed wearing your left garter. the other half out. "I knew a man that had a very bad running sore and he fried a dog and greased it and his sore got well. if you could get a crane and take the lining [insides] out and dry it and make powder. 6006. Sheep manure used as a poultice on a sore will draw it to a head. he should tie a woman's shoe to one of his and put both under his bed. scrape downwards on the roots of a year-old elder bush and boil these scrapings with mutton tallow. 5996. Some say the burning of a bandage taken off a sore inflames it and delays healing. 6002. 6004. 5980. "Years ago a gypsy woman [an Indian or a half-breed Indian] lived near my mother out here on Mill Creek." 6022." 6010. 6003. Treat a sore by letting a dog lick it. She put this crane powder on and it was no time until the sore started to getting red. 5988. the sore is covered with butter or anything sweet. 6017. Protect yourself against nightmare by laying a pair of scissors under your pillow or the head of the bed. If you wash a sore with the cloth used in washing a corpse and bury the cloth. She had a very bad sore that would not heal. As a nightmare remedy. the sore will run all the time and never heal. it would heal. 6029. 6020. A black-nosed dog licking a sore cures it. 5987. Always dip your fingers in a pan of cold water before going to bed and nightmare will not come to you during the night. Son and Holy Ghost. 6014. But mother did say the sore was all black. If you smell your finger after you have held it about ten minutes between your little and next toe. take this sore away. nightmare will walk away from you. 6008. you will not get nightmare. and swab a sore with this liquid. An excellent remedy for sores is the water in which a blacksmith cools hot iron. Nightmare does not attack a person who sleeps with a hatchet beneath the head of the bed. Frequently a rusty file is prescribed. Sometimes the heels are beneath the bed and the toes are out. She said. Nightmare is driven away by an open pocketknife laid under the pillow. You can rid yourself of nightmare by sleeping with a file beneath the mattress. 5991. then got well. To secure an ointment for a running sore. Persons keeping the toes of their shoes pointed east during the night will not have nightmare. If you hang a horse halter on the head of the bed and tie the rope or strap about some part of your body. She told my mother it was a old gypsy saying. add one cup of salt and a cup of vinegar and heat. Do not wash a bandage. she would be over a hundred. others say this dries up the sore and makes it heal quicker. 6027. 5984. as an incentive for the animal. Sores may be treated with applications of mud taken from the bottom of a pond in which cattle have stood. A horse halter hanging on the head of the bed drives away nightmare. a sore will burn. With your shoes upside down and heels together making the letter V. A butcher-knife under the head of the bed is a preventive against nightmare. You drive away nightmare by setting your shoes under the bed. set them near or under the bed. so that the toes point away from the bed. Dissolve a mud dauber nest in water. Anoint a sore with raccoon grease. nightmare will not molest you. a sore will stay cool and heal quickly. 6028. nightmare will not disturb you. 6012. the sore will be gone after the cloth rots. 6000. but if the bandage is buried. To ward off nightmare. "My mother used this years ago when we lived in the country. goose droppings. 6007. nightmare will never trouble you.' I don't remember now just how long it was before they kill a crane. 5981. If a woman wants to stop her nightmares. The woman who keeps a man's pocketknife beneath her pillow will not be molested by nightmare. lay your shoes upside down near or under the head of the bed so that the toes point away from the bed. 5997. 6016. 5983. SORE AND BEDSORE (6005-6039) SORE 6005. 5992. 6021. for it's been a long time. 6019. 5986. A woman with a bad sore should rub the hand of a dead man over it while saying In the Name of the Father. Your shoes upside down near or beneath the bed is a protection against nightmare. 5990. In curing an inflammation sore — a sore that has become inflamed --. 5985. 6015. A man having a bad sore must use the hand of a dead woman and repeat the same words. it will cause nightmare. 6001. 6026. I think this happen about eighty-five years ago [1851]. toes pointed out. 6023. As a precaution against nightmare. usually the foot. 6011. The person who steps on a snake will get sores on his fingers. Poultice a sore with a piece of the pouch from a cow that has just been killed." 6018. If on taking off your socks or stockings at night you rub the left one between all the toes of the right foot and rub the right one between all the toes of the left foot. 5989. Nightmare is prevented with a fork and knife crossed beneath your pillow. If living. 6025. she should tie a man's shoe to one of hers and put these two shoes under her bed. Rabbit fat on a sore cures it. if a man. . 6024.cut open a black chicken and apply. "I know a woman that had her mouth full of canker sores. You can cure any kind of sore on your arm or leg by putting one of the bandages under a coffined corpse. Earwax is a good salve for sores. 5993. Do not sleep where the moon can shine on you. and you will not be troubled by nightmare. 6009. one half the shoe under. 5999. If you set your shoes together near or under the bed so that the toe of one shoe sets about three inches beyond the toe of the other shoe with both toes pointing away from the bed. You will never be attacked by nightmare. I have heard my mother tell this over and over. 5982. If anyone had a sore. and they heat chicken droppings and gave it to her through a straw.

' So they look around and found a can and let someone use it. and also on the bottom of the foot. 6061. and they could not find anything to get the sores well. make seven knots in a cord string and tie it round your waist. "Years ago we had a boy in our neighborhood and his head was just full of sores. Stew a veal bone and bathe an open sore in that pot-liquor for three days. A baby given a spoonful of water immediately after its birth never has a bellyache. "My father had rheumatism for years. "One day my brother had stomach cramps good. Old iron kept under the bed prevents bedsores. "This is very old. STOMACH DISORDERS (6040-6071) 6040. A teaspoonful of powder obtained by pulverizing the dried lining of a chicken gizzard may be administered in a little water for upset stomach. 6045. "My father was riding on the train and he told an old man he had stomach trouble bad and they wanted to operate on him. she just tried everything and nothing would help her. THROAT INFIRMITIES (6072-6219) Cold . Just take a teaspoonful of egg-shell powder before each meal. 6050. and gave it to this sick man and he got all right. 6035. A sore should be bound with three leaves. was in bed for years. A yarn string tied round your middle finger stops a cramp in the stomach. 6047. you may die. To get rid of pains in your stomach. Cramps in a woman's stomach are to be treated by tying the hem of a man's shirt tail round her waist.' He did and he got well. heartburn.' The doctor took number two buckshot and sugar-coated them. Treat cramps in a child's stomach by giving him vaseline on a knife for three nights." 6065. his stomach was always coming up [not vomiting. and the twenty-four buckshot passed from him and he lived to be an old man." 6063. 6069. Burn the first soiled diaper taken off a baby and the child will never have any stomach complaint. 6058. 6066." 6041. A baby weaned in the sign of the Stomach (Virgo) will have stomach trouble. He took the pills the doctor gave him and did not have any more trouble until thirty-five years after that. It will help every time. So my mother put the pan of nails under the bed and father never had a bed sore. "I know a woman that had heartburn and indigestion so bad. "Years ago [1855?] my grandmother was at a country church and a man got the cramps so bad they didn't know what to do with him. when an old woman told my mother if she would keep a pan of rusty nails under the bed with a little water over them. Dried mullein leaves smoked in a pipe stop a heartburn. go away. my father would not get bedsores. He called in the doctor and the doctor said. 6059. and told him to take three a day until he had taken twenty-four. 6060. BEDSORE 6034. hang her dress upside down. not seeing him. 'Never do that. then put under the armpits. An old German woman told her about rubbing her hands under her armpits several times and smelling it." 6042.139 6030. This was one of my great-grandfather's sayings. get a ground-hog claw and carry it in your left-hand pocket all the time and the stomach will soon be healthy. 6067.Diphtheria (6072-6147) COLD . "I know several cases where the doctor could not do any good for an upset stomach and they mashed up some onions good and put them in two socks. 6051.Croup . threw the chamber out the window and it went all over the top of this boy's head. and stomach ulcer. 6037. If you have stomach trouble. If you are sick at your stomach. bathing the sore another three-day period. He tried it right away and got over the cramps and was never bothered after that with cramps. People born in September always suffer from stomach trouble. Bore three holes into a pine tree and walk round the tree thrice. To relieve pains in your stomach. 6048. It must be tied on a string and suspended over the bare stomach. "My mother always wore a brass ring to keep from having cramp in the stomach. He called in the same doctor and he gave him a good physic. saying while you make each circuit. Bedsores can be avoided. he would get all right. A bed-ridden person never has bedsores after a piece of sod is laid below the mattress. catarrh of the stomach. 'If we could just get some chamber-lye. 6064. Smoke a hornet nest in your pipe as a remedy for stomach cramps. And the sores got well right away. An old German woman came along and wanted to know what was wrong. and that would hold his stomach down. laid one above the other.. 6044. 6039. He just could not stand the feeling. 6071. in a man's stomach. 6033." 6032. Then obtain a new bone. Horse-radish leaves dipped into vinegar and laid on the stomach relieves a stomachache. 6057. but the stomach seemed to rise in his body]. There is a bone near the ear of a hog used in curing stomach trouble. 6053. He was out in the barn lot and he got so sick he had to lay over the wagon tongue. 6056. So she tried it and she got well.Cough . Water beneath the patient's bed keeps bedsores away. his trousers upside down." 6054. A buckeye carried in the pocket prevents stomachache. 'I will give you something that will hold your stomach down. To cross a large body of water helps stomach trouble. if a china dish is inserted between the mattress and springs of the sickbed. 6052. each picked from a different vegetable. Green violet leaves crushed and laid on the stomach is a treatment for inflammation of the stomach. rubbing it around and around in your hand so it will go into your skin. Biliousness. 6055. Wear a piece of nutmeg on your belt to become immune against stomach trouble. One old lady said. put camphor on your throat and a cold cloth on your head. hold a live goose on it and the goose will absorb them. 6031. Small burdock roots strung as a necklace and worn by a baby are good for stomach complaint. Years ago they called urine chamber-lye. The old man said. Water from the last snow of March is good for sores." 6049. Then she told him about putting the salt in the palm of the hand. One morning this boy was standing near a window and a neighbor. Lay an ax under the bed of a sick person and he will not have bedsores. 6043. To cure cramp in a woman's stomach. To wheel an empty baby carriage back and forth gives a stomachache to the absent baby. 6062. 6046. "A man out by Kinderhook [Illinois] by the name of F. An upset stomach is settled by applying a poultice of peach leaves. and continue this rite until cured." 6068." 6038. 6070. 6036.

" 6106. CROUP 6117. Goose grease is also sweetened and administered to a baby with croup. 6118. rub the soft spot on the top of its head. "I can remember when I was a girl. 6121. "I always do this." 6116. 6114. A small sack of salt about the neck will protect you against a cold. "I knew a little boy that had membranous croup that the doctor gave up. 6086. Steam some horse manure and rub it on the person who has a cold or influenza. and he used potato-bugs for cough medicine. Alum in a bag about a baby's neck will keep croup away. 6097. 6075." 6103. lean ones never. make a poultice of hot dog manure and bind on the throat. 6083. and a child doing this will not catch croup that winter. but in the latter case the patient must also drink onion juice. You can avoid a cold by wearing rosin in your shoes. 6113. kept a green onion in water under the bed. "There is a soft spot. As a protection against a cold after you have washed your head. you are certain to catch a cold. 6090. Fat babies always have croup. so I never have one. A good cough syrup can be made by covering snails with sugar and letting them stand for a while. Secretly set a pan of water under the bed of a person with a cold and he will quickly recover. They say. Anoint the chest with goose grease. 6098. when the first snow came. 6074. administer chicken brains with a small quantity of salt. COUGH 6111. wear a bag of camphor round your neck. if a roasted onion is rubbed on the soles of your feet." 6094." 6105. If on the day a baby is born the father takes it outside and tosses it up into the air so that the sun can shine on its face. 6092. Asafetida and tobacco worn in a bag is a protection against either a cold or croup. 6077. He did not care how cold it was. "A child will not catch a cold lying in its own pee. 6112. but the rubbing must always be downwards. 6084. 6101. nine of us. 6120. 6095. "My mother always did this and we never had a cold. To stop a child's cough. 6081. and until this place becomes firm the child will not talk" (2593). 6089. Diphtheria may be treated similarly. 6119. breaks the first ice in the fall and eats a little so you will not have a cold. "My father always got up the first thing in the morning. 6091. 6080." 6107. To guard against a cold. when we children had a cold. pull three hairs from the crown of his head. A severe cold may be cured by rendering fat from a dog and taking a teaspoonful of this grease three times a day." 6087. 6110. 6082. he is dead now. also. The person who removes his flannels on the first of May never catches a cold." 6088. in winter one should walk barefoot about the house every night. run around the house barefooted three times before she would put our wool stockings on. When he died they found among his remedies he used the potato-bugs for his cough medicine. As a treatment for a coughing spell in a baby. "I have been sleeping with my head to the west for the last twenty years and I have not had a cold in twenty years. A peeled onion beneath the foot of the bed will cure a cold. 6104. if there was snow on the ground. then the palms of the hands." 6076. 6078. Goose grease mixed with quinine and applied to the chest. A cold or cough will soon disappear." . A piece of red flannel pinned to a baby's shirt so that it lies on the navel protects the baby all winter against a cold. and is eaten both for a cold and croup. 6122. as soon as I start to get a cold. "I always wet my head in every rain to keep from getting a cold in my head winter or summer. A string of allspice about a baby's neck prevents croup. "I know an old man at Marblehead that does this every fall. A child with croup should be given tea from the white part of chicken droppings. the child will never have a cold. According to the first edition of Folklore from Adams County. if you stroke your throat with the hand of a corpse. 6085. if living would be way over a hundred year old." 6093.140 6072. "A baby is unable to walk until the soft spot on its head grows hard" (2594). Skunk grease is rubbed on the chest for a cold and on the throat for croup. "My father would always make us go barefooted on the first day of May. always dampen your hair three times with cold water. the sutures. A person eating some of the first snow will be free from colds all winter. is a good remedy for a cold. 6073. Dip a soft cloth into strong brandy and rub the soles of the feet morning and evening for a cough or cold. on the top of every baby's head. and was always having one before I started to sleeping with my head to the west. poultice the chest with boiled or fried onions --. To cure croup. Rid yourself of a cold by drinking your own urine or gargling with it. Baked onions applied to the chest and the soles of the feet cures a cold. As a treatment for a cold or croup. In the fall put a black silk ribbon round your neck and you will be protected against a cold all winter. This drives a cold out of the body through your feet. and his mother did this and he got well. Some say the urine must be boiled first.usually in a flannel bag." 6102. 6099. rub between your toes and put it up your nose." 6100. 6108. or a hot poultice of goose grease and nutmeg on the chest. A bad cough may be cured. A cold can be treated by drinking hog-hoof tea." 6109. As a precaution against colds. He would make us so we would not have a cold that year. and he has never had a cold and he is eighty-two years old. my father would take a bucket of beer and heat pokers red-hot and put them in the beer and give it to us. and onions anywhere in the room will cure influenza. They say years ago he bought up all the potato-bugs he could. 6079. We were all sick but we got well. 6115. Illinois. "My mother always would rub tallow on the bottom of our feet when we had a cold. and finally the feet. Colds are relieved by garlic kept in your bed. and went around the house barefooted so he would never get a cold in the winter. Do not drive through an alley at night. to keep from having a cold. "During [Civil] War times my mother would make all of us children. 6096. "I knew of an old German doctor right over on Fifteenth Street. Babies wearing a black silk vest never contract a cold or pneumonia. Garlic and tobacco in your shoes is a preventive against colds. "I always let my small children wear a mole foot around their neck to keep from getting a cold. One time he had three pokers in the bucket at the same time.

"Years ago a child had quinsy and they sent for a man to cure this child.spells in diphtheria. the disease will go away as soon as he can chin the nail. 6136. take the droppings of the sheep and put in a bag. but it is so. As a treatment for sore throat. 6147. 6159. Black beads should be worn the year round as a precaution against a sore throat. It will cure croup or sore throat. smell the inside of your shoe and then let a soiled sock or stocking remain on your neck all night. Occasionally the right is used. My son had croup bad. Sometimes a black silk ribbon is used. after he grows as high as these nails the disease will be gone. "My sister did this for croup for her baby and it help her: if your baby has croup. A small white button strung on a white silk thread about a baby's neck is good for croup. One either loses or protects himself against a sore throat. Let a baby wear a nutmeg about its neck for croup." 6131. it will never have croup. 6154. put boiling water over them and let boil good. and they said that was all that save me. 6162. This is old but good. My mother took and put the hog manure poultice all around my neck and it stayed on all night. 6140. I always kept a silk string around their neck and we never did have any sore throats in the family." 6128. . Sore throat . And I gave my baby a teaspoonful of my urine and it got well right away. if he folds a red yarn string three times about his neck and lets it stay there. A nutmeg strung on a black silk thread about a baby's neck is good for croup. "If you will put a black yarn string around a baby's neck when born and keep one around all the time. then wrap the whole stocking round the neck. "I have a friend that lives on Tenth Street that has three children and she let them wear a hog tooth around their neck for croup. so she sent over and got mine. otherwise you will not rid yourself of the cold. "Just as soon as it starts to getting a little cold in the fall. then got up and went home. "I had ten children. 6135. They said I would not live until morning. Then my mother put on a new one and I got well soon. "I kept a leather shoestring in the house all the time to hang on my children's neck." 6167." 6149. A red flannel cloth saturated in skunk oil and bound to a sore throat is a remedy. 6145. Some people laugh over this. 6144. And the child got well. Treat a sore throat by bandaging it with a red flannel cloth. your sore throat will be well next morning. Never remove a bandage from a sore throat. and all I did was to put the leather shoestring around his neck with the end hanging on the chest and he got all right. just last week. 6137. Children who wear a weasel hide about the neck never catch croup." 6130. but let it fall off of its own accord. then tie around it's neck." 6143. A dose of medicine for diphtheria is prepared by burning a sheet of writing paper and administering these ashes. Your left dirty sock or stocking about your neck at night cures a sore throat." 6129. Sore throat can be relieved by a piece of copper about the neck. and next morning your ailment will have disappeared. 6157. 6134. you will never have a sore throat. 6165. If a child having croup is stood against a peach tree and a nail driven into the trunk on a level with his head. 6164." The mother's urine must be used. said it kept it away. Red-clover tea may be drunk for diphtheria. A pimple on the tongue shows that you are catching a sore throat. 6127. "My neighbor across the street said her little boy was taking croup. I put on beads and wear them until it gets hot." The leather is variously described as buckskin. He came three mornings and did the same thing three times. 6168. If you stand a croupy child against a tree and into the trunk drive nails just above his head. Hog manure makes a good poultice for a sore throat." 6124. Turn your stocking inside out before going to bed and place its foot against the sorest part of your throat. And this man came between daylight [after sunset] and sunup. The left one is occasionally required. A red yarn string about the neck protects a child against croup. "My brother always had the croup. He didn't get the croup. If you bind a piece of salted mackerel round your neck at night. Son and Holy Ghost. Make a strong tea from fresh hog manure and administer for choking. To sleep with your left stocking about your neck prevents a sore throat. Diphtheria is not caught by children who live in a house that has toads in the cellar. A sweaty stocking filled with salt and wrapped over your neck at night is a good sore-throat remedy. "My boy had the croup bad. he was almost choking to death. She said it was the best remedy she could find. 6169. 6142. 6160. I had it very bad.Whooping Cough (6148-6219) SORE THROAT 6148. give one-half teaspoonful of this in the last stages. then let the person with diphtheria gargle. take my sore throat away. and kept it around his neck for several days. They told this child not to look at the man. Black silk thread or black yarn round the neck makes a person immune to sore throat. Pluck three hairs from the top of your head and rub them over your throat while saying In the Name of the Father. take three black silk threads. Gargle a sore throat with your own urine. 6126.141 6123. 6166. 6161. If you wear a string of amber beads about your neck. "If someone has diphtheria. 6138. DIPHTHERIA 6141.Tonsilitis . 6139. Children wearing a bag of sulphur about the neck will be immune from diphtheria. 6158. 6151. "Years ago they were dying all around me with diphtheria. The unclean sock of a man when worn round a woman's neck at night will cure her sore throat." 6133. and if too low. if they got the croup. She didn't have any white silk thread. "I did this: take a baby's left stocking and dip in holy water and tie around its neck. calfskin or rawhide. to keep from getting sore throat. braid them together. 6156. 6150. 6155. "My grandmother took black silk thread and crochet a chain of it to keep around her children's neck for croup." 6152." The patient's urine must be used. The next morning I was some better." 6125. 6132. I told him to rain some urine in a glass and I gave it to him hot with butter and sugar and it cured him." 6146. and took each thumb and rubbed over each side of the child's neck three times. 6163. 6153. "My baby was real sick with the croup and someone told me about the urine. After my mother put the black silk ribbon around his neck and let it hang down over his stomach he never had the croup again. then went and sit down. Administer sheep-nanny tea for croup.

'Why not try an old German remedy before she has them taken out. Then hold the child up by the horse's mouth and let the horse throw what little breath he has left in that child's mouth. And it help her fine. It sure did cure me when nothing else would. and they killed my cat and render out the lard and gave to her." 6173. As a treatment for whooping cough. 6185. Garlic in their shoes keeps children with whooping cough from coughing. Whooping cough is treated by letting the child wear several pennies (copper) in a sack about its neck. A case of whooping cough will not be severe. "I wore a bag of asafetida around my neck when I had tonsilitis. It sure worked good. burn the bread well. " 6176." WHOOPING COUGH 6178. and let the horse blow its breath in their mouth. Some say one penny is sufficient. and throw it into a hog pen so that the hog can eat it. To prevent whooping cough. because after you wear them so long they start to getting smaller all the time. the first time a mother during confinement sits up in bed she should hold the baby across her lap while combing her hair. but just as soon as I take the black ribbon off. They fry it and put it between two cloths and apply to the tonsils. She got a genuine pair of the amber beads and put them on. and she has wore them ever since. and they would not whoop. Get me some fresh hog manure. usually a stallion. She was going to have them taken out." 6180. but she has never had a cold or bad tonsils since she put the amber beads on twenty-five year ago. 6171. and put it all over her body. The ground-up grain must be fed to an animal. "If a child has the whooping cough real bad. but my sister and brother got well. 6205. Bark from the north side of an elm tree makes an excellent tea for whooping cough. you will never take a cold. 6194. and my child got whooping cough bad. She said. "My little girl had whooping cough real bad. make soup of it and give to a child with whopping cough. "If a child had whooping cough in my days. not the same beads. then stop during the next three-day period. And my mother run a horse up and down the road for three mornings. 6200. 6196. 6189.' And father did. let a horse. All I did was to go out in the field and milk the old mare and give her the milk. She said she almost killed the horse. thought she was going to die. The latter is done by quickly lifting the child up and down or holding it back and forth in front of the horse's mouth. A person who wears a necklace of white crystal beads is not bothered by tonsils. "My mother did this for all her children for whooping cough: take the yellow of a hard-boiled egg. 6191." 6183. 6204. 6206. that was twenty-five years ago." 6199. 6203. was choking all the time with her tonsils. I would not of took a thousand dollars for her. If you carry a child with whooping cough through a gas works on three successive days. Do this for three mornings and the child will get well. they would kill a crow. If a mother thinks her baby is catching whooping cough. 6195. Let a child who has whooping cough sleep on a sack containing hair from the mane of a mule. 6201. Whooping cough can be cured by passing the child under or letting it crawl under the belly of a mule four consecutive times. take a horse and run it up and down the road real hard until the horse is almost out of breath. A greasy dish rag round a child's neck cures whooping cough. then put salt and pepper on the bacon." 6174. "My daughter had very bad tonsils. he will catch a sore throat. The man said. Tea made from the white ends of chicken droppings is good for whooping cough. 6202. My father told him my mother was very sick in bed. 6197. if the child wears about its neck a lock of hair clipped from a boy who never saw his father. She never had them taken out. TONSILITIS 6172. 6207. Chicken-gizzard tea checks coughing spells in whooping cough. "I knew a woman that her child was almost choking to death with whooping cough. put salt and pepper over it. You can cure whooping cough by holding the baby on the grain in an old-fashioned corn hopper while you grind up the grain. If a mother having rubbed a live minnow over the mouth of her child releases it in water. 6187. one after another." 6186. a teaspoonful of mare's milk must be administered each morning for seven days." 6188. They just want to cut you. A baby whose mouth is washed out with its first wet diaper will never have a sore throat. as soon as cold put on another hot one. One morning I was talking to a neighbor and told her about my daughter. "I have tonsilitis and when I wear a black silk ribbon around my neck. 6193. Milk of a black mare is given to children having whooping cough. This either drives away whooping cough or produces immunity. To free a child from whooping cough. 6190. administer thrice daily for three days a mixture of powdered alum and honey. 6179. you can immunize yourself by breathing into the face of a cat. cut it all up. the disease will soon be cured. She put some on her child's neck and it went right to sleep and stop coughing. she has had several pair in the twenty-five years. Set a baby before it is a year old upon the upper burr or grist of an old-time stone mill and turn the mill three times. "I had a fine cat years ago. 6192. 6181. let the child urinate on a piece of bread. To cure whooping cough. make the child swallow a live minnow as a preventive. and wear around your neck. 6182. If a child writes on a steamy window with his finger. As a whooping-cough remedy. Anyway. I believe those old German remedies are better than most of the doctors we have. She suffered for years until someone told her about the amber beads." 6177. Use the milk from a white mare as a whooping-cough remedy. and keep repeating this alternate process. If you have been or will be exposed to whooping cough. breathe into the baby's face. . 'I can help you for that. then put in a little sack. Children with whooping cough should be carried through the city gashouse for a cure. And mother was all right in several days. A man stop at the farm. 6175. "My sister had a bad cold every winter and bad tonsils. 6184." 6198. the minnow will swim away with the child's whooping cough. they don't bother me. Seventy-five years ago [1859] my brother and sister had the whooping cough bad. seems like they go in the neck. they start to hurting.142 6170. "Years ago an old tramp told my father this. Make a stallion windless by running and then have it pant nine times into the face of a child with whooping cough. If you can get the genuine amber beads and wear them winter and summer. wanted something to eat. and put around the neck. of course. and it brought her right out.' We took fat bacon and dip in hot vinegar. I told her about the asafetida.

6234. Your tooth will stop aching at once." 6224. Whooping cough is lost by keeping three strands of red yarn about the child's neck. If a person trims his finger-nails and toe-nails on Friday. And she said just as soon as that tooth was out of the ground she got the toothache." 6217." 6218." 6226. so brother said. Some prescribe several spiders. 6221. 6232. Will cure it. people will not do that now. "An old colored slave told my mother this years ago [1850 decade]. I was just sick. If the pain lingers after a tooth has been pulled. 'I will go right down with you and get them." 6230. Yarn string round a baby's neck keeps it from getting whooping cough. 6239." 6245. "An old Indian doctor years ago told my mother he was the seventh son of the seventh son. 6241. for if it did. he will never be troubled by another toothache. 6233. Always bury your finger-nail and toe-nail parings at the north side of the house and you will not suffer from a toothache." 6228. but we did find it and put it [in a bag] on her neck and she started to getting better right away." 6225. and you will leave it there. "One day some children came over to play with my little girl and they had whooping cough. Toothache can be prevented by salt worn in a white bag round your neck. Some say you must square the nutmeg. speak or eat. Persons who take off the right shoe first never have a toothache. This guards you against toothache in the future. 6238. then throw the turd away. "I will tell you another about hot cow manure. "Two years ago we had a neighbor that had two bad teeth aching. A child who has a tooth pulled should always burn it so that he will not be bothered by the tooth growing in its place.143 6208. 6236. rub behind each ear. 6244. Apply earwax to a painful tooth.' So we went right down and got nine cellar bugs. 6213. "I had always heard my father and grandmother say if anyone kill a rattlesnake and you could bite into that snake back with your teeth before the snake bit itself. A live spider in a bag about the child's neck is good for whooping cough. and it stop aching right away. when my husband's brother came up from Hannibal [Missouri] and told us about the woolly worm. That. I didn't know it. "My brother had toothache bad one day and he filled it with hen manure [only the white part of the manure according to some informants]. and if you don't want to have toothache. put on the left stocking and shoe first. and has been doing it ever since. We were several days before we found one. If you throw a pulled tooth away and a bird carries it to her nest." 6209. 6214. its whooping cough will flow away. If a mother carries her sick child across a river and lets it play in the water on the other side. but some say the left stocking and shoe first. As a method for curing whooping cough. I reached down and bit into its back while brother held the . so we will never have any bad teeth or toothache. And he never went back to have the two teeth filled. 6229. When I was a boy about fourteen years old and my brother about sixteen years old we were helping out in the hayfield near Payson. 6216. and she never took the whooping cough. We knew the snake couldn't bite itself.droppings tea to which lemon juice and sugar have been added. and the left arm in your clothes first.' The next day he got up and trimmed his toe-nails on Friday. Quail-breast feathers in your pillow will protect you against toothache. 6210. if you stop up in a goose quill a small clipping from each finger-nail and toe-nail and bury the quill. so he went to the dentist one Thursday and had his teeth worked on. afraid my girl would get it. 6219. take and bite into a white dog turd [the white part of dog dung]. and she had not had the toothache for fifteen years. "I had several bad teeth and I did this for three years to keep away toothache: when you first get up in the morning. Of course. Free yourself from a toothache by heating a sack of salt and putting it on top of your head. I know several people that done that. He who cuts his finger-nails during a new moon never has toothache. and after it was buried fifteen years she took it up just to see if she would get the toothache --. 'Let's bite into its back. I told an old German woman and she told me about the cellar bugs [sow or pill bugs]. 6215. and you will never have toothache. 6223. and put them around my little girl's neck. Children carried across running water lose their whooping cough. letting it touch every tooth. "My child had whooping cough bad and we could not find anything to help her. Before this snake is dead." 6212. and it always stopped their toothache. the snake would be poison. 6211. if you have whooping cough.' Boys like. before you do anything. and then rub your open hand down your face nine times. Iowa] and I didn't whoop when I came back. and in this hole plugs up these trimmings. This was my mother's remedy of the Civil War. like they always try to do. bores a hole into that part of the trunk which is above the water. that as long as the tooth was in the ground you would not have toothache. and put them in a bag. let someone shoot a blacksnake in the head so it couldn't bite itself. TOOTHACHE (6220-6261) 6220. "If you have the toothache. lay the tooth on a rock and hit it with a hammer. A nutmeg worn about the neck prevents toothache. 6231. Dried horse manure may be smoked in a pipe as a toothache remedy. jaw all swollen up. carries the trimmings to a tree that leans out over running water. This is the general rule. and I said." 6227. I got on a boat and went up the river forty miles [to Keokuk. and your toothache will stop. A black velvet band on the child's neck protects it against whopping cough. Give three times a day for whooping cough a tablespoonful of sheep. 6240. 6222. you would never have the toothache or a bad tooth. because they have not ached since. 6243. if a child had whooping cough. "I knew a woman that said she had a tooth pulled and she buried it in the ground. We were unloading a wagon load of hay at the barn when my brother happen to stick his pitchfork into the head of a rattler that was in the hay. He didn't know about this cutting your toe-nails [some say finger-nails] on Friday to keep from having the toothache. 6235. carry the child over a bridge above running water and bring it back the same day. fold a handkerchief three times into six layers of cloth --.this is done by folding the handkerchief twice one way and once the other (three foldings) — blow your breath through these folded layers thrice. As a protection against toothache. and my mother put hot cow manure on it and I got over the toothache. 6237. you will suffer from toothache as long as that tooth remains there. and the dentist told him to come back the next week and he would fill them. I had a very bad tooth. to get several [three] hard-shell terrapins and drill a hole in their back and take three drops of blood out [a drop from each animal] and give to the child. "I tried this: take a trip upstream. draw it through your mouth. night he was telling me about it.because she had always heard her mother say. To put on your right stocking and shoe first rids you of or protects you against toothache. You prevent toothache by trimming your finger-nails on the first Friday after a new moon. 'Trim your toe-nails on a Friday. Do this until the child has nine drops. and that is two years ago. To cure a toothache. 6242.

and she got the toothache right away. When the beans rot the sore will be well." 6252. The dried lining of a chicken gizzard may be taken internally for cancer of the stomach and applied externally to a boil. To cure a tumor or abscess. and she said. And every year I would make a toothpick out of some of that wood and pick my teeth. Son and Holy Ghost at each hill — and bury all the beans." 6254. The doctor told him he had a cancer and his arm would have to be taken off. One day he was talking to an old woman about his cancer and they wanted to take his arm off. you can see my teeth. I went to see him and took his hand and rubbed it over my own. she put her urine in the cavity and it stop. then miss eight hills and pick eight beans. 6268. 6264. "After the tooth has been pulled. was said to be worth five dollars or a doctor's bill. because he had a very bad sore. she would get his wife out of bed. "I know a man out here [near Ursa] that had a bad sore on his arm. "If you have a tumor [or wen] on the outside of your body. 6260. She came home and told the druggist she was going to get his wife well. 6265. 6269. "Every time you wash your hands and face. for the place she buried that tooth was disturbed. then miss three hills and pick three beans. I am seventy-three and never had a toothache in my life. Never had the toothache in my life. "A Quincy woman was sick for a long time with cancer. And they could not find a thing that would do her any good. An old Indian told this to my father when I was a little girl. He doctored with a Quincy doctor for a long time." 6246. And this is only three years ago [1932]. then bury the bone under a waterspout of a roof where neither sun nor moon can shine on it. 6256. jumping through a window will take away the pane (pain). You can cure a cancer by rubbing it with musty corn (corn smut) you yourself have stolen from somebody's cornfield. She told this druggist if he didn't care. 6275." 6247." 6257. And the woman got well and lived thirty years after she took the red-clover tea and red-corn tea. you will never have toothache. then walk away and not look back. Well. 6261. and in no time the tumor was gone." 6273. My mother went out in the country and got a flour sack full of red clover and a sack full of red corn. A tooth pulled while the sign of the knee (knees = Capricornus) is going down does not bleed much. then I held the old snake while brother bit into its back. then miss nine hills and pick nine beans --. go to a oak tree. A negro man got burned in a fire and died. She had one breast taken off." 6250. 6272. She could not even sit up in bed for nine months. A variation of this remedy is to fill your mouth with urine and do the same thing. formerly considered a method by which poison could leave the body and therefore an indication of good health. I tried several things and it would always come back. One boil will soon be followed by seven. [nineteen] forty-one." 6253. I have not a false tooth in my head. While the priest pronounces the benediction in church. take a little vinegar in your hand and put it on the root of your pulled tooth. I am seventy years old this year. may it vanish. "When my mother had toothache years ago bad one day and nothing would help her. and let boil good for one-half day. unless the bandages are burned. "If you have the toothache. "I knew a woman that had a tooth pulled and she buried it in a hollow place in a tree. keep stroking your tumor as you repeat three times What I look at is sin. "I have heard my father say: if you will wear a rattlesnake rattler in your hatband. if you do this every time. So he told her to do whatever she wanted to. put it in the coffin. If you have toothache.' She told him to go to a bean patch and to pick one bean off of the first hill In the Name of the Father." 6249." 6267. when someone cut this tree down and cut it up for wood. My uncle stop my tooth one day this way. "My mother always held her own manure in her mouth while hot when she had toothache. That was an old remedy from Germany. Then she put on a big pot of clover to boil and a big pot of corn. He went to another doctor and he told him he had a cancer." 6274. Each time you wash your face say I don't want the toothache and you will never get one. TUMOR . It takes about seven weeks for all the beans to rot. A boil. My brother died two years ago and he never had the toothache or a bad tooth. will keep you from having toothache. To stop a toothache. cut a little splinter out of the tree. My mother went to work there. The corn and ear both must be red. In three weeks that sick woman started to sitting up a little each day. And if he had of listen to the doctor. get a human bone from a graveyard and rub it over the tumor or abscess. 6263. "I had a wen on my hand. . nine or thirteen more. Then she strained both and started to giving her the tea off of both. so my father found a tree that had been struck by lightning and took a piece of the wood home. what I stroke. and after she had took the tea for four months she was able to do most of her work. Her father was a druggist. It took this man a little longer. then miss six hills and pick six beans. I know this is true. 6266. Always burn your apple peelings and you will never have a cancer. 6276. our neighbor had a tumor on her arm and she came and rubbed her tumor over my dead father three times. Eat some of the first snow that falls and you will not have a toothache that year.he had to say In the Name of the Father. Tie a string round a finger of a corpse. take the string off.144 snake. If you have a toothache. and it left and never did come back. 6270.CANCER . A buckeye either carried in the pocket or worn about the waist protects you against boils. Each morning wash your arms and hands before washing your face and you will not have toothache. 'Don't do it. take the string off. lay a cold cloth on your head and hold your feet in hot water. then miss two hills and pick two beans. that she had got two women out of bed with cancers years ago over in Missouri. "I have a white silk string tied around my tooth now to keep it from aching. and you will be well after that string rots. then miss four hills and pick four beans. he would not have a arm. then pick your tooth until it bleeds." 6251. Her husband was a druggist and worked in one of Quincy's best drug stores.BOIL (6262-6293) 6262. I was talking to him this summer. tie it round an outside tumor. "When I was a girl I had the toothache all the time. Boils will remain indefinitely regardless of the remedy attempted. then put the splinter back in the tree and put the bark over it. but he got well. always wipe your hands dry before you touch your face. Do as I tell you and you will get well. Gold rubbed over a boil soon cures it. She went for years without the toothache. 6258. and after I started that I never had the toothache again. 6248. take it and rub it over the corpse of a dead person three times and it will go away." 6271. and you will never have the toothache again. fill your mouth with water and sit on a hot stove until the water boils. then miss seven hills and pick seven beans." 6255. This woman got down in bed. Son and Holy Ghost. I know this man well and he did have a very bad sore. then take that tooth and lay it in the sun to dry. 6259. then miss five hills and pick five beans. because when my father died.

For a boil you may soak a mud dauber nest in vinegar and apply. Look over your left shoulder at a new moon and rub your hand on your tumor while saying What I see is increasing. Son and Holy Ghost. Tea from the white droppings of a dog cures bed-wetting. or. Never wash your feet and you will not catch a boil. To cure bed-wetting. To keep a child from wetting in bed. then buried under the eaves. had used everything I knew. soup from the tail of a mouse. and let them drink before they eat anything else. A rabbit foot should be rubbed over a boil to relieve the soreness. Either a knife or a pair of scissors kept under the child's pillow cures bed-wetting. My aunt help a woman do this about forty year ago [1899] with a cancer of the mouth. stick it with a gooseberry thorn until blood comes and then throw the thorn over your left shoulder. the child will stop wetting the bed. take and strain it. Do that for nine mornings and your cancer will disappear. If a female child wets the bed." 6315. 6286. As a remedy for a boil. fill three two-grain capsules. 6301. will stop them from wetting in bed. 6287. As a treatment for bed-wetting. then put a small piece of lead in the pan — if the lead in the pan roll to the front. Remedies for bed-wetting will not give permanent results unless tried in the light of the moon. The child that sings in bed will wet the bed. 6312. Any of these five variations may be taken all at one time or bit by bit until the cure is effected. Bed-wetting is cured by concealing a piece of the child's clothing in a coffin that contains a corpse. left on for three nights. 6284. for some kind of tumor]. 6305. Put the skillet on a fire out in the yard. 6290. take a pan and hold right over your head. for the poison causing a boil then stays in the feet. I would do this. 6314. take and tie a mouse in a cloth and bite off mouse's head. 6311." 6283." 6310. Occasionally the louse is baked. you have a fawn [German name. To rid yourself of a large boil under the arm. and the child will stop wetting the bed. "If you have pain in the top of your head all the time. 6296." 6292. 6281. so he keeps the pains in the top of his head.145 6277. heat a brick and let the child wet on it. 6304. 6288. 6308. 6293. A nutmeg round the neck guards you against boils. throw some of urine into the open grave. dry it. and a whole roasted mouse. Let a person who wets the bed urinate into an open grave and a cure will follow.the cure being effected after the bottle becomes empty. and drop the bottle into a grave opened for a male corpse. One of the causes of bed-wetting is a child's playing with hot ashes or fire. Salve for a boil is made by rendering the fat from the back of a rabbit's neck. After it is done. hollow out a turnip. 6279. put some of her urine in a bottle so that it can drip out as in the preceding remedy. put in just a teaspoonful of milk. what I feel is decreasing: In the Name of the Father. 6307. and let the child wear that head tied in that cloth for several days. and the lead roll to the front. And I tried it and it sure was good. "If a child wets the bed. To break the habit of bed-wetting. 6300. The open grave of a female corpse is used for a male child. your boil will vanish. 6278. Water kept in a bucket or pan under the bed is a bed-wetting remedy. If the patient is too young or incapacitated. give one each night before going to bed for three nights. "An old German farmer told me this that lived near Lima when my little girl was wetting the bed every night. three shot swallowed in a glass of water. or. Horse-hoof scrapings made into a tea is good for cancer. The lead shot from a gun shell will cure boils: any number of shot cooked in a pint of milk and the liquid drunk for three mornings. 6280. A white-silk thread tied round your wen. one-third teaspoonful of sugar. hide this with a coffined corpse. 6298. spelling uncertain. If you swallow a small dose of saltpetre on each of three successive mornings. the two hind legs of a fried mouse. Make a child lie on its back under a red-hot stove to cure bed-wetting. cooked with jasmine roots into a salve. Take the lining out of a chicken gizzard. 6303. 6313. go to a shed or any place where there's a knot-hole. I know a man over here on Eighth Street that tried this. "I am telling this for the truth. when an old colored man told me about the toad salve. saying the Lord's Prayer. spread the wet sheet over the child's head and make the child stand out in the sun until the sheet dries. nine shot taken in one dose or one by one at different times. 6289. If you have a cancer of the mouth. Some say this louse must not come from the child's head. it is good for a boil. when her doctor gave her up. 6285. As a bed-wetting remedy. 6295. will take the wen away as soon as the thread decays. Matches has been added to them. Get up the first thing in the morning and squeeze that urine out into a cup. then while the sun is shining on the cancer. let him urinate into it. That will stop it from wetting the bed. Take a live toad-frog and put it in a skillet with butter. letting the sun shine directly on your cancer. and repeat this alternate rite until you have taken nine doses. urinate on the road. 6302. If you make a child wet on a pig toe and then bury this toe. A head louse on a piece of bread is fed to a child that wets the bed. And the only way you get well of a fawn is to have some one speak over it. Administer a glassful of this liquid night and morning for cancer. with a lid on. 6291. then put the head and cloth around that baby's neck and throw the mouse's body away. but he will not let anyone speak over him. One of the commonest cures for bed-wetting is to eat a mouse variously prepared: mouse tea (sometimes a rat is used) made by boiling a mouse or pouring hot water over a roasted mouse. and then hang the turnip up in the chimney. one leg of a fried mouse. Fresh hog manure fried in fresh lard with a few drops of turpentine makes a good ointment for cancer of the rectum." 6282. Pour some of the child's urine into a bottle. let the child urinate into three open graves while you repeat a prayer at each grave. then stop for three days. 6299. This woman got well that did this. KIDNEY TROUBLE . URINARY PROBLEMS Bed Wetting . kill a tom cat and place his hide between the mattress and blanket so that the child's buttocks will lie directly over it. 6309. "I had a bad boil under my arm.Kidney Trouble (6294-6325) BED-WETTING 6294. 6306. 6297. If I had a cancer of the mouth. Three tablespoonfuls of goose droppings in three quarts of water are boiled down to a quart. and if it go to the back." Chicken-gizzard-lining tea (without magic) is also a remedy. Sometimes a hole is punched through the stopper so that the urine can drip out --. it is not a fawn. then make a power. "I did this for this boy you see standing here.

you will have a wart for every drop of blood. "I know this is so because I tried it and I lost my wart: take an apple." Sometimes this second half is buried anywhere. again. An old wart healer complained of diminished power to take off warts because his blood had become too thin. My boy had one wart and he picked it. During the wane of the moon urinate on a sack of rye meal. Warts come from lying on your back and counting the stars. and finally. "I had a wart. You free yourself from kidney trouble by digging three small holes in the ground. then rubbed it over my wart. 6325. 6344. WART DOCTOR (6336-6340) 6336. This. your wart will be gone. if you apply to them a sack of heated salt. 6339. the power will disappear." 6342. and throw the apple away. If a healer reveals his secret for removing warts. X. Some say you must leave the straw sticking in the apple to make the cure effective. you will get a wart. 6332. Pains in your kidney are relieved. 6351.Baking Soda . This tree is said to be one always full of blossoms which drop off and bear no fruit.Bean . If a newborn baby is unable to urinate. if you touch a toad. . and finally into the third as the second is being filled. 6320. Some people say that you are not to blow into these holes simultaneously or in rotation.Beef (6341-6452) APPLE 6341. Under the eaves of a house is usually selected as the best burial place. 6323. stick that straw in and out an apple as many times as you are years old. 6343. This rite is completed by burying the apple beneath the eaves of a house. Rub the two halves of an apple over your wart three times: once. 6329. carry a potato in your pocket. an inverted and domed-shaped basket woven of twisted straw. then rub the other half over your wart. A bullfrog wetting on you gives you warts. and his hands got full of them --. then bury that half at the corner of the house where the water will drip on it. Kill a toad and your hands will be covered with warts. As a treatment for kidney trouble. at the words And Holy Ghost. 6347. To lose your wart. as you say In the Name of the Father. A rotten apple rubbed over a wart and then buried is a cure. 6318. rub each piece on your wart. The person who washes with water in which eggs were boiled will soon have warts. 6321. further. You will catch a wart. Use this remedy for a wart: quarter an apple. then rub your wart over the two notches. After the apple is buried below the eaves of a house. 6331. and a woman said. you will get the wart. blowing into each one. She tried several things. "I know this works." 6352. It is possible for a man to remove a woman's warts. Egg-shell tea is used for kidney trouble. rub it with each half of an apple and. 6338. A person can rid himself of any kidney complaint by drinking goat urine. Unless you spit as soon as you see a toad. a wart will appear on your hand. cut it in half. tie the sack to a tree. then threw the chewed-up sprout away. Let a person while rubbing the two halves of an apple over his wart say Take this wart away. she heard. 6345. some parch any number and let them soak in cold water. throw one half away. 6324. Count the stars by pointing at them with a finger and a wart will come on that finger. for my daughter had a wart. then bury the peeling. This cures a wart: an apple should be quartered.. A woman living near Clayton said that a house painter took her son's warts off merely by looking at them. but into the first and fill it. one of the pieces rubbed on the wart and thrown away. was a special gift accorded to most members of that trade. 6334. Tea made from the leaves of a male peach tree cures kidney trouble. but it refers to the old-fashioned skep. then into the second while filling the first. others boil six shells in a cupful of water for ten minutes. keep a pan of water under your bed. 6327. 6350. Having stuck your wart with a straw. 6348. 6319. and the remaining quarters buried. and covering them up again. 6330. the wart will leave. lay the skin of an egg over its privates. Do not hold a frog in your hand. The seventh son of the seventh son is able to cure warts. You free yourself from a wart by rubbing it with a piece of bacon and throwing the latter away. and before the moon wanes again the meal will become moldy and take away your kidney trouble. He displayed a considerable number of warts in proof of this belief. when the bark grows over the cut places. bury them. 6346. 6322." BACON 6353. If one rubs both halves of an apple round his wart while thrice repeating In the Name of the Father. 6340. while saying Son. 'Mrs. 6337." 6328. This remedy requires the cooking of a complete beehive. and this took her wart away: walk up to a young apple tree — if you have a wart — walk around to the opposite side and cut two notches in the bark. "I know this is so: if you pick a wart and the blood gets on you.146 6316. the wart soon vanishes. having put or tied these halves together. 6335. "My niece did this and she lost her wart: take an apple peeling. rejoin the four quarters by tying them together with a white string. then walk back the same way you came. and my wart left. bees and hive together. WART CURES (6341-7051) Apple . but a woman is unable to cure a man's warts. Stew a hive of bees and feed the broth to those suffering from kidney trouble. To discontinue nocturnal visits caused by kidney trouble.' She took an apple sprout and chewed it all up. 6333. Son and Holy Ghost and buries the apple.for every drop of blood he had a wart.Bacon . WART ORIGINS (6326-6335) 6326. Never let the blood from anyone's wart touch you. rub over your wart. that every wart formerly removed by him was now appearing on his own body. I will take away your wart. 6317. and bury the apple. 6349.

6383. 6370. 6361. 6399. you will soon be without the wart. Let a person prick his wart until it bleeds and then spread this blood over eight beans which must be buried at once: if these beans grow. He rub it all over my wart. If you chop a piece of bacon into small bits. take off the meat next morning and bury it. making the sign of the cross while saying In the Name of the Father. 6363. and the wart will soon be gone. then bury the bacon. then throw it away. "Here's another one of my mother's: steal a piece of bacon. cover it with baking soda on nine mornings. you will get rid of it. take a piece of bacon and rub over your wart seven times. rub it nine times with a piece of bacon and bury the meat. Some say the bean must be white. rub over your wart three times. the wart rots away. One rids himself of a wart by rubbing it for five mornings with a bean which is then buried. A person who pricks his wart until it bleeds. Son and Holy Ghost and throw the meat over your shoulder. As a wart remedy. and In the Name of the Father. 6380. rub one half on your wart. soon loses the wart." 6386. 6369. "I had a wart. cut the bean open and rub it over your wart. rub it with a bean which you must immediately bury in an ash pile. A person loses a wart by picking it on three successive days and sprinkling baking soda over the blood. then buries the latter. A wart is taken off by the person who cuts a white bean in half and on the wart rubs one of the halves and buries it." 6378. 6381. 6355. if you rub each of them with a different bean and conceal these beans in a hillside. 6384. Rid yourself of a wart by breaking open a bean. The person who wishes his wart away as he rubs it with a bean. She did this and lost her wart: take a lima bean. and buries the meat. then told me to go somewhere and steal some baking soda without anyone knowing it. rubbing the pieces over the wart." 6376. then bury the bacon. you will soon miss the wart. and burying the meat under the eaves of a house. gouge up a round piece of sod with a knife. As a remedy for a wart. but some believe the contrary. "My grandmother did this to my wart and it went away: split a white bean in half. To remove a wart. Bacon drives your wart away. smears some of the blood on each of nine beans. Pick your wart until it bleeds. 6359. If you rub three beans over your wart and bury them. Before the sun rises. and you will soon lose the wart. and replace the sod. This belief. and in a few days my wart was gone. buries them. To cure a wart. Hang in a tree the piece of bacon that you rubbed over your wart and after birds have eaten the meat the wart will disappear. For curing a wart. 6356. then swallow the half used in rubbing. BEAN 6379. Son and Holy Ghost. One evening my beau said. A piece of bacon rubbed on a wart and buried under a rock is a good remedy. 6394. Just before going to bed stick your wart until it bleeds. and burying them under a rock. 6374. then throw the bean away. If you rub your wart with a bean which is afterwards buried. if they rot. Son and Holy Ghost. This takes off the wart. Having removed a green bean from its pod. 6387.147 6354. 6388. and bury the meat so that water can drip on it. and you will lose your wart. To make a wart leave." 6364. rub this over your warts. BAKING SODA 6375. If one half of a white bean is rubbed over your wart and buried and the other half carried in your pocket. one rubs it with a piece of stolen bacon and buries the meat under the house. 6395. and your wart will soon be gone. 6385. "I had a bad wart on my hand. you must rub it with a piece of bacon before sunset and bury the meat before sunrise. implies the disappearance of the wart after the bean has rotted away. For ridding yourself of a wart.' He pick it until it bled. whoever picks up that package catches your warts. Son and Holy Ghost. A wart will vanish after you rub it with a piece of bacon In the Name of the Father. others say it must be done by another person: halve a bean and rub the halves over the wart and bury them. 6372. then stoop right down and dig a hole and put the lima bean in. will soon be without the wart. keep it there for one night. Tie a piece of bacon over a wart. that the wart leaves only as the bean begins to sprout. take the bacon with which you have rubbed your wart and bury it where water drips. . 'Let me take off your wart. 6392. smear some of the blood on a bean and bury it. throw the other half away. place the string and bean in this hole. the usual one. a person keeps it covered for seven nights with a piece of bacon — this must be removed each morning and not replaced until evening — says a prayer on the seventh morning. Some say you may do this rite for yourself. the wart will be cured when the bean sprouts. the animal will eat the meat and get the wart." 6367. 6397. then rub each half over your wart." 6390. "My brother did this and his wart left: put baking soda on it. Do this three mornings. 6358. if it is rubbed over the wart on the decrease of the moon and then buried. the only one I ever had. 6366. tie a string about it and rub it with a bean. it is rubbed with a bean which must then be buried under the eaves. 6357. bandage the wound with a piece of bacon. cut it in half. then. 6393. The person who rubs his wart with a piece of bacon and buries the meat will soon be freed from the wart. You will lose your warts. then pick your wart and let a little of the blood drop on the bean. the wart grows. then put the two pieces under the front porch. and the wart will go. and I did this and lost my wart: steal a piece of bacon. then take a match and hold to the soda and burn it. 6371. 6389. rub over your wart. 6396. One removes a wart by rubbing it with a piece of bacon at sunrise. 6362. 6382. next morning bury the meat on the east side of the house. "My mother told me to do this: if you have a wart. "I had a friend that had a big wart right up in her nose and it bother her all the time. 6373. 6391. A bean rubbed over a wart and then burned up is a remedy. 6365." 6368. In curing a wart. A bean rubbed three times on a wart and buried under a white rock cures a wart. wart go away. Bacon rind rubbed over your wart three times and buried under the eaves of a house takes off the wart. Two days after the full moon. If a piece of bacon with which you have rubbed your wart is put in a rat hole. If you divide a bean. then bury the bacon in a pile of ashes. 6398. then buries the other half in another place. 6360. rub your wart with a piece of bacon as you say In the Name of the Father. 6377. tie them in a piece of paper.

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6400. To take off your wart, rub it with a bean, and spit on the bean and throw it away. 6401. A wart is cured by rubbing it with a bean and feeding the bean to the chickens. 6402. Warts are soon lost, if they are picked until they bleed and a bean covered with this blood is thrown into a vacant house. 6403. A bean may be rubbed on a wart three times and cast over the house as a remedy. 6404. The person who rubs his wart with a bean and throws the latter over his left shoulder takes off the wart. 6405. "My sister had a wart, she picked it until it bled, then took a green bean out of a green shell, rub the bean over the blood, then threw the green bean over her left shoulder to lose her wart, and she did." 6406. Your wart soon leaves, if you make it bleed, put some of the blood on a white bean, and throw the bean over your right shoulder. 6407. To transfer your wart to someone you dislike, rub it with a bean while wishing this transference, and then pitch the bean over your left shoulder. 6408. If the two halves of a divided bean are rubbed on your wart and thrown over your shoulder, the wart will soon vanish. 6409. If you take one bean from a green-bean pod, split it, tie one half on your wart and throw the other half away, a cure will be effected after the half tied to the wart is lost. 6410. A person rubs a bean on his wart, puts the bean in a small cotton sack, throws the sack away, and whoever steps on that sack will get the wart. 6411. For a wart cure, drop three beans into a sack, rub this over your wart three times, and throw the sack away. 6412. Take nine beans, or let a grocer lay them out for you --- laid in a row according to some --- lift up one bean at a time, rubbing it over your wart, and do this until the entire number has been used; then, having placed these beans in a sack, they may be thrown over your shoulder or else casually dropped while taking a walk. Whoever picks up the sack will pick up the wart. 6413. If you rub each of your warts with a different bean, wrap these up in a piece of paper, walk a mile and drop this package, your warts will be transferred to the person who takes up the beans. Sometimes they are put in a paper sack and left at a crossroads or at a T or Y intersection of two streets. 6414. You can rid yourself of a wart by stealing two beans, rubbing these over your wart, and dropping them at a crossroads. 6415. A wart will go away, after you rub it with a bean and drop the bean into a hollow stump. 6416. A wart will go away, after you rub it with a bean and drop the bean into water standing in a stump. 6417. You may rub your wart three times with a bean and throw the bean into running water for a cure. 6418. One drives away a wart by rubbing it with a bean and dropping the bean into a water-closet. 6419. If you divide a bean, rub the inside of each half over your wart, tie the halves together and throw them into the privy, the wart will go. The same thing may be done with a bean pod. 6420. To get rid of a wart, a person rubs it with a bean that is then thrown into a well. For several warts, rub each one with a bean and throw the beans into a well. 6421. Lose your wart by splitting a bean in half, rubbing both halves over the wart, and throwing the two pieces into a well. Some say you must use a white bean. 6422. In losing a wart, you may rub it three times with a bean and drop the bean into a well; but you must not hear the bean hit the water — run away as soon as you let go of the bean. 6423. A person who spits on a bean, rubs it over his wart three times, then drops the bean into a well, will lose the wart. 6424. Two beans may be rubbed on a wart and dropped into a well as a cure. Two lima beans and an old or abandoned well are sometimes prescribed. 6425. For getting rid of a wart, rub it with a bean while saying In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Repeat this rite on three mornings, using the same bean throughout or a different bean each time, and finally throw the bean or beans into a well. 6426. If you pick your wart until it bleeds, put some of this blood on each of three beans, drop these into a well, your wart will soon be cured. 6427. You can lose your wart by naming each of eight beans after some spiteful woman, rubbing these over the wart, and throwing them into a well. 6428. "I know this is so, because I had some warts; and I took nine beans and rubbed over my warts, and put the beans in a well, and it was no time until my warts were gone." 6429. The person who picks his wart until it bleeds, puts some of the blood on each of nine beans, drops them into a well, will soon be free from the wart. 6430. A method for curing a wart is to anoint it three times with the juice from a bean leaf. 6431. Another method for curing a wart is to anoint it with the juice from three bean leaves. 6432. Persons with a wart may rub a bean leaf over it and bury the leaf as a cure. Usually the wart should be made green by the rubbing. 6433. To drive a wart away, rub it with a bean leaf and bury the leaf under the eaves of the house. 6434. Your wart will go away, if you rub it with a bean leaf and bury the latter under a rock. 6435. If you pluck a bean leaf and let someone rub it over your wart, your wart will go away after that person buries the leaf. 6436. Scratch a wart until it bleeds, smear some of the blood on a bean leaf, bury the leaf, and the wart will disappear within three days. 6437. A dry bean leaf may be rubbed over your wart three times and buried as a remedy. 6438. "I tried this and lost all my seven warts: take as many bean leaves as you are old, rub both sides over your wart or warts, then give the bean leaves to someone to hide for you so you will not know where they are." 6439. "I took a bean leaf, rubbed over my wart, then threw the leaf over my right shoulder, and my wart left." 6440. An excellent device for getting rid of your wart is to steal some bean leaves, rubbing these over the wart until it and your hands smart, and throwing them away. 6441. Whenever a person goes to a bean patch, plucks a bean leaf, rubs his wart with this until the wart is green, throws the leaf over his shoulder, walks backwards to the place from which he started, the wart will soon be removed. 6442. "Years ago my hand was just full of warts. My brother took me to the bean patch, and took a handful of leaves and rub over my warts; then went a little way and took another handful of the leaves and rubbed over my warts, and then threw them down in the patch [this was probably done three times] and said You will leave all your warts in this bean patch. And I did, for my warts went away." 6443. They say the fifth child has the power to take off a wart by rubbing it with a bean leaf and throwing the leaf away. 6444. If a person shells a green bean, rubs the pod over his wart and buries the pod, the wart will soon be gone. 6445. Either close your eyes or do not watch the operator during the following rite: while making a wish to lose your wart, let someone break a green bean pod, rub it over the wart, and bury the pod. 6446. If you rub a green bean pod over your wart and throw the pod over your shoulder, after the pod dries up the wart will dry up.

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6447. After rubbing your wart with a green bean pod, put the pod under the front doorstep and some visitor will walk away with the wart. 6448. Cut off one end of a green bean pod, throw this smaller piece away, rub the cut surface of the larger piece over your wart, lay this part of the pod under your front door, and the wart will soon be taken away. BEEF 6449. In curing a wart, rub it with a piece of beef and bury the meat. 6450. "Grandmother's old remedy for a wart was to take the rind of a piece of beef, rub over, then bury that rind under the door." 6451. A piece of beef rubbed over your wart three times and concealed in a crack in a barn, house or elsewhere, removes the wart. 6452. Make the sign of the cross with a piece of beef as you rub it over your wart and perform this rite on three mornings; then bury the meat, and the wart will soon be gone. Bone - Bread - Broomstraw - Button (6453-6476) BONE 6453. Upon finding an old bone, it may be rubbed on your wart and cast over your shoulder as a cure. 6454. If you pick up an old bone that has been lying on the ground, rub the underside of it over your wart, throw the bone away, your wart will eventually come off. 6455. To remove a wart, pick up an old bone from the ground, rub it over your wart three times, and throw the bone over your shoulder. 6456. On finding an old bone, pick it up and rub it over your wart, restore the bone to its original position, and the wart will soon vanish. 6457. To lose a wart a person walks a mile, there searches for an old bone, picks it up, rubs over his wart the side that touched the ground, wishing the wart away, and replaces the bone exactly as found; then without looking back, returns to the place from which he started. 6458. Find an old bone and, having rubbed it on your wart, throw it over your left shoulder; if you then hunt for the bone and bury it where found, the wart will be cured. 6459. Whoever rubs a dry bone over his wart while saying In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, then buries the bone, will cure the wart. 6460. Scrapings from an old bone may be rubbed on a wart and buried as a remedy. 6461. As a cure rub the wart three times with a bone from which you have eaten the meat and bury the bone. 6462. While you are eating at someone's house, steal a bone from the table, rub this over your wart after you leave the house, then throw it over your left shoulder, and the wart will soon be gone. 6463. "I have tried this: when eating, if you have two bones, rub them together, then rub over your wart, go to the door and stand with your back to the yard, and throw the bones over your shoulder as far as you can, without looking; your wart will go soon." 6464. Steal a bone from a dog, or pick up a bone on which a dog has been chewing, dip it in hot water, rub it over your wart, repeat the rite next day, and within two more days you will be rid of the wart. BREAD 6465. The person who steals a piece of bread, rubs it on his wart, throws the bread away, will not have the wart long. 6466. If you steal a piece of dough from somebody making bread, rub this over your wart, then throw it away, the wart will soon leave. 6467. "My father told my sister that had several warts to steal a piece of bread the next place she went, rub it over her warts, then bury the bread; as the bread rots, your warts will start to go. She did this and lost her warts." 6468. A wart soon disappears, if you stick it with a pin, put some of the blood on a piece of bread, and then bury the bread. 6469. Blood from your wart when wiped on a piece of bread and fed to chickens is a remedy. 6470. Bread rubbed over your wart and fed to a dog is a remedy. BROOMSTRAW 6471. As a wart remedy, burn a broomstraw and with its charred end draw a circle round the wart on three mornings. 6472. Scarify a wart until it bleeds, lay two broomstraws in the shape of a cross over the blood, bury these broomstraws, and the wart will soon be gone. 6473. In removing a wart, rub it thrice with three broomstraws and bury them where water drips. BUTTON 6474. To get rid of a wart, sell it for a button and keep the button. 6475. A wart can be driven away, if you rub it with a button and throw the latter over your left shoulder. 6476. One loses a wart by rubbing it three times with an old button and hiding the button where it cannot be found. Castor Oil - Chalk - Chicken - Cloth or Rag (6477-6508) CASTOR OIL 6477. You can make a wart go away by anointing it with castor oil morning and evening for three days. 6478. "I had twenty-eight warts. I did this: take equal parts of castor oil and coal oil, and rub over your wart for three days. On the fourth morning I was washing dishes, and when I got through they were gone." 6479. An application of castor oil nightly for seven nights will drive away a wart. 6480. Castor oil applied to a wart for nine mornings is a cure. 6481. Warts anointed with castor oil morning and night for nine days will soon disappear. CHALK 6482. Mark your wart with a piece of chalk and you will lose the wart when the chalk mark wears off. 6483. Chalk rubbed over a wart for three mornings and then thrown away removes the wart. 6484. Chalk rubbed over a wart for seven nights and then thrown away removes the wart. 6485. If in the light of the moon you rub your wart with a piece of chalk at sunrise for nine mornings, the wart will be gone by sunset on the ninth day. 6486. Let a person with a piece of chalk draw a mark round his wart and make a corresponding mark on a stove (stovelid is sometimes specified); and after the chalk burns off the stove, he will no longer have the wart.

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CHICKEN 6487. Blood from a black chicken when rubbed on a wart is a cure. 6488. "I have a friend that her hand was just full of warts. She did this and lost them all: if you have a wart, kill a chicken, take the blood, rub over your wart, then take the head and throw it over your head; and when the head rots, your wart will go." 6489. To lose your wart, rub it with a chicken bone and then throw the bone over your left shoulder. 6490. A wart is taken off by rubbing it with the foot of a dead chicken. 6491. The person who sticks his wart until blood comes and then rubs it with the inside of a chicken gizzard soon loses the wart. 6492. "My grand-daughter had a wart. One day I gave her a chicken gizzard and told her to rub it over her wart, then throw it over her left shoulder and not look where it went; but child-like she looked and her wart didn't go. Several months after that she was out here in the country again and I was dressing chickens. I said, 'You are going to lose your wart this time.' So I took her out in the backyard, put a handkerchief over her eyes, gave her the chicken gizzard to rub over her wart and throw over her left shoulder. I led her back into the house saying, you will lose your wart now, because you didn't get to look where the chicken gizzard went. And she lost her wart." 6493. By rubbing the lining of a chicken gizzard over your wart and burying the lining, the wart will be cured within three days. 6494. "I remember when I was a young girl living over in Missouri --- that is a long time ago, for I am eighty year old now [1938]. If you have a wart, take the lining of a chicken gizzard, rub over your wart, then bury the lining under a rock. I had several bad warts. Mother one hot day was cleaning some chickens down by the spring house, for it was so cool down there. She threw the chicken entrails back behind a tree, and I went and found several of the gizzards, rubbed over my warts good, then buried them under a rock. I lost all my warts." 6495. "I know this is so, for I did this: if someone is dressing a chicken and you can steal the lining out of the gizzard and rub over your wart, then bury it, your wart will leave. I went to see a friend, she was dressing a chicken. She went out in the yard to get a bucket of water, and I took the lining out of the gizzard while she was gone and rubbed over my wart, then buried it out in the yard, and my wart left in no time." 6496. To remove a wart, rub it three times with the lining of a chicken gizzard and bury the lining. 6497. If a person rubs a chicken gizzard over his wart and buries the gizzard, the wart will soon come off. 6498. For a wart cure, twist a chicken gizzard three times above your head and throw the gizzard away as you depart without looking back. 6499. "My brother had a big seed wart, and he killed a chicken and took the head and rub over his wart while the head was warm, and his wart went away." The head is thrown away or buried. 6500. "A chicken will always gap [gape] three times before it dies. If you kill a chicken and rub that head over the wart before the chicken gaps for the last time, will take it away. I had a very bad wart, and I killed a chicken and rub the head over my wart before it gap the second time, and lost my wart." 6501. For a wart cure, kill a rooster, immediately rub its head on your wart, and bury the head. 6502. If a person cuts off the head of a chicken and rubs it thrice over his wart and buries the head, the wart will soon disappear. 6503. The intestines of a black chicken rubbed over your wart and buried will take off the wart. CLOTH OR RAG 6504. If you tie a knot in a white rag, rub the knot over your wart, and throw the rag away, the wart will soon be gone. 6505. If you take a square piece of white cloth, rub the center of it over your wart, tie the center into a knot, and throw the cloth away, you will soon be rid of the wart. 6506. In removing a wart, you may rub over it a clean white rag, spit on the rag while wishing the wart away, and lay the rag under a rock. 6507. Someone must do this for you, to remove your wart: make the wart bleed, put some of the blood on a white cloth, and bury the cloth where you cannot find it. 6508. Wart blood wiped on a small white rag and dropped at a crossroad is a cure. Corn - Counting - Crossroad - Dandelion (6509-6574) CORN 6509. By taking as many grains of corn as you have warts, rubbing each wart with one of these grains and burying the corn, you can remove the warts. 6510. As a wart cure, a person may take as many grains of corn as he has warts, rub all of these grains over each wart, and bury the corn. 6511. One grain of corn rubbed on your wart and buried under the eaves of the house takes off the wart. 6512. "My sister bought my warts with corn: rubbed a grain over each wart, then put them where the water would drip on them for me to lose them, and I did." 6513. "I did this and my wart went: let someone give you a grain of corn for a wart, wrap it in a piece of paper, then bury it in the northwest corner of the cellar." 6514. A wart is lost, if you hold a grain of corn in your hand while wishing the wart away and then bury the corn. The corn must not touch the wart. 6515. To get rid of a wart, a person rubs it with a grain of corn, digs out the heart of the kernel and spreads this flour over the wart, and then buries the empty shell. 6516. You lose a wart by picking it with a grain of corn until blood comes and letting somebody bury that corn in a secret place. 6517. A remedy for removing a wart is to pick it until you draw blood, halve a grain of corn, rub some of the blood on both halves, and bury each half in a different place. 6518. If a person picks a hole in the blunt end of a grain of corn, draws one drop of blood from his wart, puts this in that hole, buries the corn, the wart will soon disappear. Sometimes the blood is drawn from the wart by picking it with the same grain of corn. 6519. A person with more than one wart may count and set aside a grain of corn for each wart and then bury these grains as a remedy. The corn must not touch the warts. 6520. Two grains of corn rubbed in blood from your wart and buried under the front doorstep will take away the wart. 6521. The person who rubs his wart with three grains of corn and buries them under a rock will soon find the wart gone. 6522. Five grains of corn smeared with blood from your wart and buried any- where will rid you of the wart. 6523. Seven grains of corn rubbed on your wart and buried under a stone will effect a cure. 6524. Seven grains of corn rubbed on your wart and buried seven inches in the ground will effect a cure. 6525. A wart may be cured by rubbing it with nine grains of corn which must afterwards be buried.

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6526. You can drive your wart away, if you cover a three-cornered grain of corn with saliva by holding it in your mouth, successively rub each of these wet corners over the wart, and then bury the corn. 6527. To lose a wart, spit on a grain of corn and rub this over the wart. The corn may be buried or thrown away. 6528. If you spit on a grain of corn, rub it over your wart, repeating this rite three times, the wart will soon go away. The corn may be buried or thrown away. 6529. "My uncle came to see me one day. I had some warts on my hands. He said, 'Do you want to lose your wart?' I said, 'Sure I do.' He said, 'Well, give me a grain of corn for each wart.' I had five warts. I went and got five grains of corn and gave them to him. He rubbed each grain of corn over my warts, put them in his pocket, saying, 'Your warts will soon be gone.' And they were." 6530. In curing a wart, make it bleed, daub a grain of corn with some of the blood, and cast the corn away. 6531. "Mother always said, to take a wart off, take a grain of corn, rub over your wart, then throw that corn over your left shoulder." 6532. Prick your wart with a grain of corn until blood comes, throw the corn over your left shoulder, and whatever picks up the corn will catch the wart. 6533. The person who draws blood from his wart by scratching it with a needle, cuts a grain of corn in half, rubs this blood on these two halves, then ties them together and throws the corn away, will lose the wart. 6534. A grain of corn rubbed over your wart three times and thrown over your shoulder is a remedy. 6535. Let someone else work this remedy for you: bite a grain of corn in two, rub each half over your wart three times, and toss the halves away. 6536. You may rub your wart seven times with a grain of corn and throw the corn over your shoulder as a cure. 6537. Count your warts, rub each one with a different grain of corn, and put these grains in a bag. Lose the bag and the warts will be lost. 6538. If you cut across the top of your wart with a sharp knife, first one way and then the other way, making a cross, then rub that cross with a grain of yellow corn and throw the corn over your left shoulder, you will soon lose the wart. 6539. For a wart remedy, one rubs a wart with a grain of corn and lets a chicken eat the corn. 6540. To get rid of a wart, rub it with a grain of corn and toss the grain over your left shoulder. As soon as a chicken eats the corn, the wart will be gone. 6541. A grain of corn rubbed over your wart until blood is drawn and then fed to a chicken will drive off a wart. 6542. If you rub an ear, not a grain, of corn on your wart until blood comes, shell those grains stained with the blood, feed them to a chicken; the chicken will soon die, and after that you will find the wart gone. 6543. "When I was younger I had seventeen warts on my two hands. I took seventeen grains of corn, that was one for each wart, then I took the heart out of one grain of corn, throw the hull over my left shoulder, then I picked one wart until it bled, put the blood on the heart and threw it over to the chickens. I did this to all seventeen warts using up the seventeen grain of corns and I lost my warts." 6544. "Here's another, if you have a wart, you could try: take a grain of corn, rub over your wart, then toss it in the chicken yard --- if the old rooster get it and eat the corn, you will lose your wart; if a hen eat it, your wart will stay with you." 6545. "I had a bad wart and I picked it until it bled good, then put it on corn. I went to the chicken yard, turn the old rooster out of the yard so he would be sure to get the corn, and he did. I lost my wart. If a hen get your corn, you keep your wart." 6546. In freeing yourself from warts, scratch the largest with a needle and wipe a drop of this blood on as many grains of corn as there are warts. The corn must be given to a rooster. 6547. You can take off your wart by pricking it with a grain of corn until blood comes and feeding the corn to a red rooster. 6548. Some blood from your wart when put on a grain of white corn and thrown over your head to a white rooster will give the wart to him. 6549. "I know this works, for I did it and my wart left: take a razor and scrape your wart until it bleeds, then rub a grain of corn over the wart and blood then give it to a black chicken to eat, and the wart will go." 6550. Get rid of a wart by rubbing it with a grain of corn and feeding the corn to a setting hen. 6551. A wart goes away, if a person rubs it with six grains of corn and feeds this corn to a speckled hen. 6552. For removing your wart, rub seven grains of corn over it and give the corn to the chickens. Sometimes the corn is given to a neighbor's chickens. 6553. If after rubbing a grain of corn over your wart you put this corn in a chicken gizzard lining and bury it, the wart will soon come off. 6554. Rub your wart with a grain of corn and wrap the corn in the skin peeled from a chicken leg; then bury this under the eaves of the house and the wart will leave. 6555. Warts are cured, if you take some corn (or as many grains of corn as you have warts), remove the kernels, rub each kernel on all the warts (or one kernel on each wart), and feed these kernels as well as the outer husks to a cow. 6556. Wart blood put on a grain of corn and fed to a hog will remove the wart. 6557. You will get rid of a wart, if you rub it with a grain of corn and drop the corn into the privy. 6558. "Another thing, if you have a wart: take a grain of corn, rub over your wart, then throw the grain of corn in a body of water — the water must be round like a pond; just any water, just so round --- to lose your wart." 6559. If a person pricks his wart with a grain of corn until it bleeds and drops the corn into a well, the wart soon disappears. 6560. One counts his warts, rubs them with as many grains of corn as he has warts, and lets the corn fall into a well as a cure. 6561. A wart is removed by rubbing it with a grain of corn and dropping this corn into a well while saying Here goes my wart." 6562. Take a grain of corn from a feed trough where a black horse has slobbered and, having rubbed some of the slobber over your wart, drop the corn into a well. This cures the wart. 6563. If from a whole corncob you break or cut a piece about two inches long, whittle this cylinder into the shape and size of a spool of thread, rub that over your wart, tie it up in a piece of paper, and drop the package at a cross- road; the wart will be transferred to the person picking up the package. 6564. Fill a small white bag with corn meal, rub the bag over your wart, and let someone who does not have a wart throw the bag into a country lane. You will get rid of the wart. 6565. As a wart cure, make three notches in a cornstalk, smear each notch with wart blood, and bury the cornstalk. COUNTING 6566. Sometimes you lose your warts because someone has counted them off without your knowing anything about it. 6567. Your warts may be removed by letting someone count them off; but if the counter counts one wart too many, this cure will be ineffective. 6568. Healers when counting off warts will sometimes touch each wart as it is counted. 6569. "Never count anyone's warts; if you do, you will get them. I didn't have a wart, and one day I met a woman, her hands were just full of warts. I just could not keep from counting them, I wanted to see how many she did have. I started to counting when someone made me stop; said

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I would get every wart I counted. I had already counted six. It was no time until I had six warts. Sure was glad I didn't count them all, for I believe she had around twenty-five warts on her hands." CROSSROAD 6570. A person may stand at a crossroad and rub his wart while saying Wart, wart, wart, go away; go to the first that passes by. The wart will soon be gone. 6571. If you meet a stranger at a crossroad, grasp your wart and pretend to throw it at him as you say You can have this. The stranger will carry away the wart. 6572. On reaching a strange crossroad near which there is a house, clutch your wart with the tips of your three fingers and go through the motion of drawing it out and throwing it towards the house, saying the while You can have this wart. The wart will be transferred to somebody living in that house. DANDELION 6573. To cure a wart, rub a fresh dandelion stem over it each morning for three days. 6574. Juice from an early spring dandelion when applied to a wart on three mornings before sunrise is a remedy. Dead: (6575-6610)Cemetery - Grave - Tombstone - Coffin - Corpse - Funeral Bell - Candle - Procession DEAD 6575. After someone dies or has been buried, go to the cemetery and call on the devil to come and take away your wart. 6576. Dirt from a newly dug grave may be sprinkled on a wart as a cure. 6577. A method for removing a wart is to visit a cemetery and rub your wart over a tombstone three times. 6578. Cure a wart by taking a dead cat to the cemetery and leaving it there. Presumably the carried cat comes in contact with the wart. 6579. A wart may be removed, if you bury a dead cat in a graveyard at night. 6580. To drive away a wart, a black cat should be buried at midnight by the grave of someone who was wicked in life. 6581. As a wart cure, kill a black cat, take it to a graveyard at midnight, and rub the animal on your wart. 6582. If you catch a strange black cat, rub its nose on your wart, carry the animal to a graveyard after dark, kill it, bury it beside the road, the wart will go away. 6583. Go to a graveyard at midnight with a black cat and swing the cat round over your head three times, then wipe your wart with the tail of the cat, and the wart will soon be lost. 6584. The person who at night carries a dead cat --- passing through a cemetery on his way ---to a crossroad and there rubs the animal on the wart, will be rid of the wart by morning. 6585. To cure a wart, take one standing by a coffin and rub it over the corpse. 6586. A person may lose his wart by stealing one of the pennies used in closing the eyes of the corpse, rubbing it over the wart, and throwing the coin away. 6587. "I had three warts on my hand. I went to a dead woman's house, I knelt down and prayed for the dead, everyone else was praying, and while praying I rubbed my warts over the coffin. My warts left. A woman told me to do this and it worked." 6588. Rub over your wart the rug that was used in washing a corpse and bury the rag under the eaves of your house where water will drip on it. This will cure the wart. 6589. Years ago a wart was sometimes removed by wiping it with the cloth formerly laid over the face of a corpse and then hiding that cloth in the coffin. 6590. The cloth used in washing a corpse may be rubbed over your wart three times and buried under a rock as remedy. 6591. If you rub three peas over your wart while saying In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and lay them with the corpse in its coffin, you will not have the wart long. 6592. A string tied round your wart for about fifteen minutes and then put in a coffin holding a corpse will take off the wart. 6593. A knot tied in a black string and rubbed over your wart will rid you of the wart, provided the string is laid in a coffin with a corpse. 6594. "A neighbor's little girl had a wart and when my little girl died and was laid out, she came over and wanted to know if I would let her rub her wart over my girl. I let her, and she lost her wart." 6595. A wart rubbed on a dead person's face will soon leave. 6596. You can get rid of a wart by rubbing it on a corpse three times. 6597. The person saying the Three Highest Names as he rubs his wart three times on a corpse will soon lose the wart. 6598. A woman cures her wart, if she rubs it three times on a male corpse; a man, on a female corpse. 6599. For an effective cure, say some, a wart must be rubbed over a corpse, once only and on three separate occasions. This may be done the same day or different days; it may be done during one visit --- by leaving and reentering the room — or during three visits. 6600. Just as the full moon begins to decrease, rub your hand on a corpse and then pass the hand over your wart. This will make the wart depart. 6601. The hand of a corpse is rubbed over a wart as a cure. This may be done by rubbing the wart on the dead hand or by picking up the dead hand and rubbing it over the wart. 6602. Remove a wart by stroking it with the hand of a corpse while you say Wart, wart, go away; it is no good to me, and it will do you no harm. 6603. "I had several warts and did this and they left: take the front [index] finger of a dead person and rub it over your wart in the Three Highest Names." 6604. When you see a funeral passing by you may wish your wart on the corpse and the wart will be taken to the cemetery. 6605. Just before the funeral procession starts from the house, rub your wart on the face of the corpse and say In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, take my wart; after the body decomposes, a cure will follow. 6606. During the tolling of a church bell at a funeral, say In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and make the sign of the cross three times. This will take away a wart or a growth. 6607. While the bell is tolling, as a corpse is being taken from church, say Now the bells are tolling for to put the dead one in its grave, with this I will wash my warts away; then, rub your hand over the wart, saying In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and the wart will leave. The word "wash" would indicate that the informant either had forgotten or did not know something here. See 6610 and the modernized version 6609. 6608. "My grandmother said if you have a wart, just as the bells at the church toll for a funeral, pull a hair out of a horse's tail, tie a knot in that hair for every wart you have; then, saying the Three Highest Names, bury that hair under a rock where the water will run over it. You will lose your warts."

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6609. Before a Catholic funeral leaves the church, stand by a sink and be ready to let the water run over your wart as soon as the procession starts. While the water is running you must say three times As the dead sinks in its grave, so I will wash my wart away, and turn off the water. 6610. "I had a big wart on my first finger, it bother me all the time, until one day I saw a funeral passing the house. I got a pan of water and did this: Hold your wart in the water and say What I see is a funeral passing by; what I wash is my wart, I wash away. Then say the Three Highest Names. Then turn and throw the water out and don't look at the funeral any more. I lost my wart." Dish Rag - Dog - Dress - Elder - Hair - Horse (6611-6675) DISH RAG 6611. A greasy dish rag rubbed over a wart and burned up is a remedy. 6612. "I had three warts on my hand. I went to spend the day with a woman and at noon, when she was washing dishes she went to do something, I stole her dish rag. When she started to washing the dishes again she said, 'Why, I just left my dish rag there. Mary, did you see it?' I said, 'No.' I sure felt real sneaky, for I had it in my pocket. I just could not find any paper to put it in; sure felt guilty sitting there with her dish rag in my pocket, for I had never stole anything before. I went home late in the afternoon and when I got home I started the cook-fire. Then I took the dish rag out and rub over my three warts, then started to put the rag in the fire to burn, for it's an old saying: steal a dish rag, rub over your warts, then burn it and you burn up your warts. Just as I was dropping the rag on the fire, my son came in and said, 'Mother, what are you doing?' I said, 'Mind your own business and go and get your wood in.' I still felt guilty. And I am eighty-seven, and I have never stole anything but that dish rag. But I lost my warts." 6613. To get rid of a wart, rub it three times with a stolen dish rag and burn up the rag. 6614. To get rid of a wart, rub it with a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and bury the dish rag. 6615. To get rid of a wart, pick it until it bleeds, wipe the blood on a dish rag (a stolen one say some), and bury the dish rag. 6616. As a wart remedy, a dish rag may be rubbed over the wart and buried under a board. Some say you must steal the dish rag. 6617. You take off a wart by rubbing it with a dish rag and burying the rag under the eaves of the house. 6618. You take off a wart by rubbing it with a dish rag and burying the rag under the eaves of a house or barn, provided you lay a white rock on top of the ground exactly over the buried rag. 6619. "I had one of those ugly May warts and I tried several things, then on Good Friday [it must be on this day] I pick my wart and stole my neighbor's dish rag and rubbed over the blood, then buried it under the eaves of the house, and it was no time until that May wart left." A May wart is sometimes called a dew wart; it breaks open and bleeds. 6620. Warts can be taken off, if they are rubbed with a dish rag that is afterwards buried under the doorstep. In this and the two following beliefs, some say the front doorstep, others say the back doorstep. Sometimes the dish rag is merely laid under the doorstep. 6621. Wart blood wiped on a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and buried under the doorstep takes off the wart. 6622. If you steal a dish rag from a neighbor, rub it over your wart and bury the rag under that neighbor's doorstep, the wart will soon go away. 6623. Get rid of a wart by a dish rag rubbed over it and buried under a log in the woods. Some say if the log is moved, by you or anyone else, you will keep the wart. 6624. For taking off a wart, rub it with a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and bury the rag under a rock. A white rock is sometimes specified. 6625. If you want to lose your wart, rub it with a strip torn from a dish rag and bury the strip under a rock; and if you have several warts, rub each one with a separate strip torn from a dish rag and bury the strips under a rock. A white rock is sometimes specified. 6626. To lose your wart, tie round it a thread taken from a dish rag and bury the thread under a rock. A white rock is sometimes specified. 6627. You can lose your wart by cutting off one of the four corners of a dish rag, rubbing this over the wart, and burying the piece under a rock. 6628. The person who picks his wart until it bleeds, wipes some of the blood on a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and buries the rag under a rock, will soon miss the wart. 6629. A cure for a wart is to rub it three times with a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and bury the rag under a rock. 6630. If you steal a dish rag, rub it over your wart in the Three Highest Names, take three grains of corn for each High Name — nine grains of corn — lay the corn in the rag, bury the rag under a rock; the wart will be taken away. 6631. "I sure don't believe in those old signs; still, I don't like to hear a dog howl, and I will not sit down to a table where there is thirteen; not that I am superstitious, but my mother would not. If I meet a black cat, I always go the other way; not that I think the cat will hurt me, but I just do. I am getting away from the wart. I had several warts between my thumb and first finger. I didn't believe this --- if you have a wart, take a dish rag, rub over your wart, then bury the rag under a red rosebush --- but I took my dish rag, rubbed over my warts good, then put my dish rag under the red rosebush we had in the yard. Well, one day my warts were all gone, even if I don't believe in signs." 6632. "An old saying of my grandmother's was: to take a greasy dish rag, rub over your wart, then take that dish rag out in the woods, find an old rotten stump, hide the rag in it; when the rag rots, your wart will be gone." 6633. After you have rubbed your wart with a piece of greasy dish rag and buried the piece near an old tree, you will not have the wart long. 6634. Someone's dish rag should be stolen, rubbed over your wart three times, and buried in a cemetery at midnight as a cure. 6635. You must steal a dish rag, rub it over your wart, chop that rag into small pieces with a hoe — only a hoe may be used --- and bury those pieces to lose the wart. 6636. During the dark of the moon, rub a dish rag over your wart, bury the rag after dark, and the wart will be gone before the next dark of the moon. 6637. Each morning for nine days rub your wart with a dish rag and finally bury the rag to get rid of the wart. 6638. Go to a neighbor's house and while she is not looking, pick up her dish rag, rub it over your wart, and put the rag back where you found it. Your wart will soon leave. 6639. To take off a wart, rub it with a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and throw the rag away. 6640. To take off a wart, rub it with a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and throw the rag over your left shoulder. You must not look back. 6641. "What I did to lose my wart: wash your wart with a dish rag, then throw the rag in a barn lot." 6642. A dish rag (a stolen one say some) may be rubbed on your wart and thrown over the eaves of the house as a cure. 6643. You can get rid of a wart by making it bleed, wiping the blood on a dish rag, and throwing the rag over the house. 6644. If you wipe your wart with a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and drop the rag at the forks of a road, the wart will soon leave. 6645. Blood from your wart when put on a dish rag and dropped at a crossroad is a removal remedy. 6646. If you tear a strip off or cut a piece from a dish rag, rub this in your wart blood, and roll the strip or piece into a ball and drop it at a crossroad, the wart will soon be lost. 6647. In curing a wart, rub it three times with a dish rag (a stolen one say some) and throw the rag over your shoulder. The left shoulder is usually preferred.

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6648. Let a person wipe his wart with a dish rag, walk to a small hill, stand on one slope with his back to the ridge, throw the rag over the left shoulder so that it will go over the ridge and fall on the opposite slope, then return home without looking back, and the wart will soon disappear. 6649. You must walk backwards throughout the whole of the following wart- cure rite: carry a dish rag to a stump having standing water, dip the rag into the water, wash your wart with the rag, and then return home. 6650. "My grandmother would say: take your dish rag after you get through washing your dishes at night, rub over your wart, then go to running water and throw your dish rag in it for your wart to run away from you. This must be done after dark." 6651. A wart is lost by wiping it with a dish rag and dropping the rag into a well. DOG 6652. A good wart remedy is to grease it with butter and let a dog lick off the butter. 6653. "I tried this myself after someone told me: take where a dog squats, take up the dry dung, rub over your wart, then throw that dung over your left shoulder, and your wart will go. I sure lost my wart." DRESS 6654. The first time you see a woman wearing a new dress, rub your wart on the dress and she will catch the wart. 6655. If a woman with a wart finds a ravel on her dress, she can get rid of the wart by rubbing it with the ravel and throwing the ravel away. ELDER 6656. "I have tried this and my wart went: if you have a wart, pick it until it bleeds good, then get a elder stick and take the peth [pith] out of the inside of the stick and rub over your wart, getting the blood on this peth, then bury the peth and your wart will soon go." 6657. "Years ago my hand was full of warts. My mother got a elder stick and laid it over my warts and made a notch in the stick; then told me to go in the house and not watch where the cut would drop. Then she started to walking around the yard, cutting on the stick, without looking to see where it [the various pieces cut off the stick] went; and when the stick was all gone, went in the house. In a few days my warts were gone." HAIR 6658. Several strands of your combings may be tied round your wart and buried for a cure. 6659. For ridding himself of a wart, a person may rub it three times with a lock of his hair and bury the hair. HORSE 6660. If you see a white horse, wish your wart on the animal and he will get it. 6661. If while standing at a crossroad you see a white horse, wish your wart on the animal and he will get it. 6662. If you see a man riding a white horse, wish your wart on the man and he will get the wart. 6663. If you see a man riding a grey horse, wish your wart on the man's buttocks and he will get the wart. 6664. "This is not so nice about a wart, and a man has to tell it to a woman, and a woman to a man. My son had a wart and he tried several things and it didn't go away. One day a woman was at our house and said to my son, 'I will tell you something to get your wart to leave,' and whisper in his ear. I asked him several times what she said, he would not tell me. I notice he was always watching his wart to see if it was leaving. When one day it was gone, he said, 'Mother, it isn't nice, but I will tell you what Mrs. X. told me to do: said --- watch, and when you see two people riding on a horse together, wish your wart in the behind of the person riding in the back. I watched, and when I saw two people on the same horse, I sure wished it and you see I lost my wart'." 6665. If you count ninety-nine white horses and then a mule and wish your wart on the latter, he will take the wart away. 6666. While wishing to lose your wart, rub it with a bone from a dead horse; then throw that bone over your right shoulder, and the wart will soon be lost. 6667. If you tie round your wart a hair from the tail of a horse and bury the hair, you will soon lose the wart. 6668. If you dip into vinegar a hair from the tail of a horse, tie this hair round your wart and then bury it, you will soon lose the wart. 6669. If you tie round your wart a hair from the tail of a black horse and bury the hair, you will soon lose the wart. 6670. To cure a wart, tie round it a hair from the mane of a horse. You must use a fresh hair each day until the wart is cured. 6671. Tie a horsehair round your wart and every morning for nine days pull the knot tighter; on the tenth morning the wart will be gone. 6672. Somebody does this for you. During the day, he ties round your wart a hair from the mane of a horse, cuts the hair off before night, and waits one day before repeating the rite; after a hair has been tied round the wart three times --- on the first, third and fifth days — you will soon miss the wart. 6673. Rub on your wart a piece of the frog from the hoof of a horse, put this piece of frog under a doorstep, and the wart will soon leave. 6674. If you rub over your wart a piece of dirt from the bottom of a horse's hoof and throw it over your shoulder, the first rain melting that dirt will wash your wart away. 6675. Horse manure may be rubbed over your wart every day as a remedy. Match - Meat - Milkweed - Moon - Nail (6676-6718) MATCH 6676. Anyone can get rid of his wart by rubbing it with the head of a match and burying the latter. 6677. As a wart remedy, rub it three times with the dampened head of a match and bury the match. 6678. If you make your wart bleed, rub a match round in this blood In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and bury the match, the wart will not stay with you long. 6679. To drive away a wart, rub it with nine matches and hide or bury them where they cannot be found. 6680. You will lose your wart within nine days, if you take nine matches, rub each match nine times over the wart, and bury or throw them away. 6681. The person who makes as many notches in a match as he has warts and buries the match will soon be without the wart. MEAT 6682. If you rub a piece of meat or meat rind over your wart and bury the meat, the wart will soon vanish. 6683. If you rub your wart with a piece of stolen meat and bury the meat, the wart will soon vanish. 6684. If you rub your wart with a piece of meat and bury the meat under a rock, the wart will soon vanish.

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6685. If you rub your wart with a piece of stolen meat and bury the meat under the doorstep of the house where you stole the meat, the wart will soon vanish. 6686. If you make your wart bleed, rub some of the blood on a piece of meat, and bury the meat, the wart will soon vanish. 6687. If you rub your wart with a piece of meat and throw the meat into the privy, the wart will soon vanish. 6688. If you rub your wart with a piece of meat and throw the meat out where some animal can eat it, the wart will soon vanish. 6689. "People may laugh at you for telling this, but it is so, for I tried it and my wart left. If you have a wart, steal a piece of meat rind, rub over your wart, then bury the rind; when you think the rind is about rotten away, dig it up and rub over your wart again, then throw it away." 6690. In curing another person's wart, rub it with your finger, walk into the house backwards and get a piece of meat previously laid out so that you can reach behind you and pick it up, come out of the house, and then bury the meat. 6691. "If you have a wart, let someone rub a meat rind over your wart, with your eyes closed. They should hold the rind behind them, backing away from you, still keeping your eyes closed, so you can't see where they bury it to lose your wart." 6692. "Take fat meat, cut it all up, rub over your wart; but before you do this, dig a hole out in the yard. After you have your meat rubbed over your wart, stand with your back to this hole and throw this meat over your left shoulder into this hole, and let someone else cover it up to lose your wart. 6693. "My sister did this to her wart and lost it: rub raw meat over it, saying the Three Highest Names, then bury the meat." 6694. A fat piece of meat rubbed over your wart three times and buried under a log or an old stump removes the wart. 6695. Get up in the morning and, before speaking to anyone, rub a meat rind over your wart three times while saying In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Bury the meat under the eaves of the house and you will lose the wart. MILKWEED 6696. Walk up to a milkweed, break off a piece of the plant and rub the juice on your wart, then throw the piece of milkweed over your left shoulder without looking back, and the wart will soon be gone. 6697. As a cure, break a branch from a milkweed and rub the juicy end of this branch over your wart. You must then bury the branch. 6698. Three drops of milkweed milk applied to your wart cures it. 6699. One may remove a wart by rubbing it with milkweed milk thrice daily for three days. 6700. To lose a seed wart, burn a milkweed and put the ashes over the wart on three days. 6701. "I had thirty-five warts, they were all over my hands, and that is what I did: take a piece of new milkweed each morning for seven mornings and rub all my warts, and in no time they were all gone." MOON 6702. Pass your hand over your wart while looking at the new moon and say: "you grow, And you go." Do this three times. 6703. On first looking at the new moon, wet your finger and rub it round your wart while saying What I see, grow; what I go around, I wish away. Do this three times. 6704. This rhyme can be said while you rub your wart and look at the new moon: "What I see is growing, What I am rubbing is going." Do this on three consecutive nights. 6705. A person says this rhyme while he rubs his wart and looks at the new moon: "What I see is growing, What I am rubbing is going." Do this exactly at midnight on three successive nights. 6706. To rid yourself of a wart, rub it seven times with your finger while you look at the new moon and say Moon is increasing, wart decrease. 6707. If your wart is rubbed with a green bean during the decrease of the moon, the wart will vanish with the old moon. 6708. To cure a wart, rub it with a green bean leaf during the decrease of the moon while saying In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 6709. You must keep your eyes on the new moon all the time you are working this wart cure. Go outdoors, look at the new moon, reach down to the ground, pick up whatever you find, rub the article round your wart, and then throw it over your left shoulder. 6710. You must keep your eyes on the new moon all the time you are working this wart cure. Go outdoors, kneel down, look at the new moon, count seven, reach behind you, pick up a handful of dirt, rub it over your wart, throw the dirt away, get up, and return to the house without looking at the moon again that night. 6711. You must keep your eyes on the new moon all the time you are working this wart cure. Go outdoors, look at the new moon, stoop down, pick up a handful of dirt from behind you, rub it against your wart, get up, turn your back to the moon, throw the dirt over your shoulder at the moon, say three times New moon, take my wart away, and return to the house without looking at the moon again. 6712. During the full moon your mother's dish rag may be rubbed on your wart and buried in the center of a crossroad at midnight as a remedy. 6713. When the moon is waning, bite a radish in half, rub each piece on your wart, throw both pieces over your shoulder, and the wart will soon leave. 6714. When the moon is waning, bite a radish in half, rub each piece on your wart, saying In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, throw both pieces over your shoulder, and the wart will soon leave. 6715. You must keep your eyes on the waning moon all the time you are working this wart cure. Walk outdoors, carry with you a small white rock on which you know the moon has shone, look at the moon, rub the rock round your wart three times, say As you go away, take this I am rubbing, throw the rock away, and return to the house without looking at the moon again that night. Do this three nights in succession and the wart will be gone before the moon wanes again. 6716. "When Mrs. N. was a little girl, her mother took her to a man who said he could take warts away, but he told her she had to come on Friday night and it had to be a moonlight night. So they went. And he took her out on the front porch in the moonlight and repeated In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost three times, and in a week's time her warts were gone." NAIL 6717. To get rid of a wart, rub it with a rusty nail and bury the nail.

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6718. "My daughter had her hand just full of little warts. One day we went out in the country to see her uncle. While there he said, 'What are you doing with all those warts?' 'I got them because I can't get rid of them.' 'Do you want to sell them?' 'Sure do.' 'What will you take?' 'Anything to get them to go.' Her uncle picked up a nail and said, 'Here, take this nail for your warts.' Nothing more was said about the warts. That night we came back to Quincy. In about two months my daughter's warts were gone. And we went out in the country to see the uncle, to tell him, and he had all her warts on his hands just like she had them." Needle - Onion - Osage Orange - Paper (6719-6764) NEEDLE 6719. "I always do this for a wart. Stick a needle through it, then hold that needle to a lamp, when hot stick it through again. You will lose your wart." 6720. A wart is cured by heating a needle, thrusting it through the wart several times, and throwing the needle away. 6721. Do this for three mornings as a wart cure. Heat the point of a needle and thrust it into the middle of the wart before sunrise. 6722. After drawing blood from a wart by scratching it with a needle, burn up the needle and the wart will be cured. 6723. "Take a new needle and stick that needle in your wart. Then take nine matches, one at a time and light them, and hold the match to the eye of the needle until it burns out. Then light another and hold to the eye of the needle, and when you get to the ninth match you can lift that wart right out. I had a wart. I took a new needle and nine matches and burned each match to the eye of the needle until I used all nine. It sure did hurt and burn, but when I got to the ninth match the wart came right out." 6724. Your wart can be taken off, if you scratch it with a needle until blood comes and bury the needle. 6725. If you pierce your wart with a needle until it bleeds and push the needle down into the ground near your front doorsteps, the wart will go away after the needle rusts. 6726. "A man went to see a doctor. He had a very bad wart. The doctor wanted to burn the wart off. The man could not make up his mind, said he would study about it, and left. Several people were in the office and one old man left at the same time. When he got outside he said to this man that had the wart, 'I will tell you how to take your wart off without that doctor burning it off. You take a needle at sundown and stick your wart until it bleeds, then go to the back door and stick that needle down in the ground so you can't see it.' This man told me here in this baker shop he did just as the man told him and he lost his wart without going back to the doctor." 6727. The person who makes his wart bleed by running a needle into it, then wraps up the needle in paper and drops it at a crossroad, will soon be rid of the wart. 6728. As a remedy for a wart, draw blood from it with a pin or needle, put some of the blood on a white rock, and throw the rock over your shoulder. 6729. Warts may be scratched with a needle and the blood washed off in a puddle of snow-water as a remedy. 6730. If a person picks his wart with a needle for three mornings and covers it with baking soda on the fourth morning, it will come out on the seventh morning.

ONION 6731. "Take an onion, cut in half, soak in vinegar three hours, then bind on your wart; it's the only thing that will take a wart off, I think." 6732. For a wart cure, make it bleed, halve an onion and rub each half over the blood, and burn up both halves. 6733. An onion rubbed on a wart and buried is a cure. 6734. A rotten onion may be rubbed on a wart and buried as a cure. 6735. Just like coring an apple, take the center out of an onion, rub this on your wart, put it back in the onion it is sometimes tied in place --- bury the onion, and you will soon lose the wart. 6736. If you halve an onion, rub each half on your wart and bury both halves, you will soon find the wart gone. The two halves are usually tied together when buried. 6737. To take off a wart, halve a white onion, rub each half on the wart, tie both halves together with a white string, and bury the reunited onion. 6738. A wart can be lost, if you halve an