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THE HEN-PECKED DEVIL

SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS AGO THE MAYOR OF HAMBURG, GERMANY,
CONTRACTED TO HAVE A BRIDGE BUILT OVER THE ELBE. THE CONTRACTOR
PROMISED TO HAVE THE JOB COMPLETED BY A CERTAIN DATE, BUT,
BECAUSE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, HE WAS HOPELESSLY BEHIND SCHEDULE.
SINCE THE BUILDER KNEW THAT THE MAYOR WOULD NOT FULFILL HIS END
OF THE CONTRACT UNLESS THE BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE
SPRING FESTIVALS, HE MADE A PACT WITH THE DEVIL FOR ITS COMPLE-
TION. THE DEVIL WOULD COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION IN RETURN FOR THE
SOUL OF THE FIRST PERSON TO CROSS THE BRIDGE.
WHEN THE BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED AND TO BE DEDICATED, THE MAYOR AND
BUILDER ARGUED WITH ONE ANOTHER ABOUT WHO SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO
WALK ACROSS THE SPAN. THE MAYOR, SUSPECTING SOMETHING WAS AMISS
BECAUSE OF THE JOB'S RAPID COMPLETION, INSISTED THAT THE BUILDER
PROCEED FIRST. IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS, THE BUILDER HAD TUCKED
A HEN UNDER HIS COAT. WHEN HE APPROACHED THE MIDWAY MARK OF THE
BRIDGE WHERE THE DEVIL WAS LURKING BEHIND A COLUMN, HE THREW THE
HEN OUT TO HIM. THE DEVIL SEIZED THE BIRD, BUT WHEN HE SAW THAT
HIS CATCH WAS ONLY A HEN, HE THREW IT DOWN IN DISGUST. THE
DEVIL'S ANGER WAS SUCH THAT THE HEN WENT CLEAN THROUGH THE BRIDGE,
AND TO THIS DAY THERE IS A HOLD IN THE BRIDGE WHICH WILL NOT BE
FILLED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD TALE FROM A GERMAN PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR AT
GANNON COLLEGE, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE ; GANNON COLLEGE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Bridge

Date learned: 10-23-1965

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DEVIL'S KITCHEN

ON MACKINAC ISLAND IN MICHIGAN, THERE IS A CAVE-LIKE HOLE IN THE
SIDE OF A HUGE BOULDER. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE DEVIL AND WITCHES
USED THIS CAVE TO CONJOUR UP THEIR EVIL SPELLS. THE CAVE IS THUS
CALLED "DEVIL'S KITCHEN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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THE DEVIL'S PUNCH BOWL

NEAR THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY, THERE IS A PLACE CALLED "THE DEVIL'S
PUNCH BOWL." WHEN CROMWELL'S SOLDIERS RAIDED THE HOLY MONASTERY
OF MUCKROSS ABBEY, THE DEVIL WAS SO DELIGHTED THAT HE JUMPED UP
FROM HELL, TOOK A BIG BITE OUT OF THE GROUND, AND JUMPED BACK TO
HELL AGAIN. IF YOU VISIT KILLARNEY, YOU CAN SEE THE PLACE ON THE
GROUND--THE DEVIL'S THREE FRONT TEETH DUG INTO THE GROUND, LEAVING
THEIR MARK THERE FOREVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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PURGATORY FALLS, MILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

AN AREA NEAR NORTH RIVER ROAD IN THE OLD QUARRY DISTRICT OF
MILFORD HAS A SET OF FOOTPRINTS AT THE BOTTOM OF A SMALL WATER-
FALL. THESE FOOTPRINTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BELONG TO THE DEVIL AND
ALL THE CHILDREN CALL THIS AREA PURGATORY FALLS.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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GERMAN TALE

FOR MANY YEARS, THE DEVIL HAD HIS OWN WAY IN THE LOVELY VALLEY
OF VAUDAI. ONE YEAR, HOWEVER, SOME OF THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE
BUILT A CHUCH. THE DEVIL WAS VERY ANGRY AND TRIED TO DESTROY
THE CHURCH BUT MORE AND MORE CHURCHES WERE BUILT AND THE DEVIL
WAS FORCED TO LEAVE THE VALLEY AND LIVE UP IN THE ROCKY HEIGHTS
OF THE ALPS WHERE IT WAS TOO COLD TO BUILD A CHURCH. THOUGH HE
TRIED MANY MEANS OF WIPING OUT THE CHURCHES, THEY STILL REMAINED
AND REALIZING HIS DEFEAT, THE DEVIL WENT BACK IN MISERY TO THE
ROCKY CRAGS WHICH WERE HIS NEW HOME. AND WHEN THE DEVIL THINKS
BACK ON HIS HAPPY DAYS IN THE VALLEY, A TERRIBLE FREEZING WIND
BLOWS THROUGHOUT VAUDAI AND MAKES ALL THE CHURCH DOORS RATTLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS AN AMERICAN GIRL WHOSE PARENTS ARE FROM GERMANY.
HER FATHER LEARNED IT AS A YOUNG BOY IN GERMANY AND TOLD IT TO
HER WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-06-1963

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THE BELIEF IN HOUSE DEMONS IN THE OLD DAYS OF LITHUANIA WAS
VERY STRONG, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE FARMERS. IF A FARMER WAS
SUCCESSFUL IN HIS FARMING AND BUSINESS, THEN PEOPLE STARTED TALKING
THAT HE HAD A HOUSE DEMON FOR A FRIEND. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT
THE DEMON FLEW VERY FAST, JUST LIKE LIGHTNING. AND NO ONE KNOWS
EXACTLY HOW HE LOOKED. IF A FARMER BEFRIENDS A DEMON, THE DEMON
WILL STEAL CORN AND GRAIN FROM OTHER FARMERS AND BRING IT TO HIS
FRIEND. THEIR FAVORITE KIND OF FOOD IS SCRAMBLED EGGS. THE
FARMER WHO WISHES TO BEFRIEND A HOUSE DEMON SHOULD LEAVE A PLATE
OF SCRAMBLED EGGS EVERY NIGHT OUTSIDE BY HIS OWN DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 01-19-1972

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THE LEGEND OF FATHER TAELMAN, S.J., IS STILL TOLD TO SMALL CHILDREN
AND TOURISTS IN THE TOWN WHERE I GREW UP. THE BEAUTIFUL MISSION
CHURCH, WITH ITS CARVED PULPIT AND MURALS WAS BEING DECORATED.
FR. TAELMAN WAS PAINTING WHAT WAS TO BE A SCENE FROM HELL.
SOME INDIANS CAME IN TO WATCH. SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY TO
CONVERT THE "HEATHENS", FR. TAELMAN EXPLAINED TO THEM WHAT
HELL WAS. THE INDIANS THEN LAUGHED AND POINTED OUT THAT ALL
THE DAMNED SOULS IN THE PAINTING WERE REPRESENTED AS WHITE MEN.
IF YOU GO TO THAT CHURCH TODAY, YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF THE
INDIAN FACES THAT FR. TAELMAN ADDED.

Submitter comment: ITS TRUE--I HAVE SEEN THE MURAL MYSELF.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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A DANCE OF DEATH

A GIRL DANCED A DANCE OF DEATH WITH THE DEVIL.
HER PARENTS FORBID HER TO DANCE BUT SHE USED TO
SLIP OUT AND GO TO THE DANCES ANYWAY. ONE NIGHT
SHE PUT ON RED SHOES AND WENT TO THE DANCE.
THERE SHE MET THIS STRANGER WHO WAS DRESSED DIFFERENTLY
FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE AT THE DANCE. HE WAS VERY
SHARP. HE ASKED HER TO DANCE AND SHE SAID YES. THEY
DANCED AND DANCED AND DANCED. FINALLY SHE ASKED
DANCE SAID THAT IF SHE TOOK OFF HER RED SHOES
TO STOP AND HE SAID NO. THE REST OF THE PEOPLE AT THE
THAT THIS WOULD MAKE HIM
STOP BUT SHE COULDN'T. FINALLY SHE DROPPED DEAD FROM
EXHAUSTION AND WHILE THE REST OF THE PEOPLE CAME TO SEE
WHAT HAPPENED THE STRANGE MAN HAD DISAPPEARED. THE STRANGER
WAS THE DEVIL FOLKS SAID AND HE TOOK HER WITH HIM BACK
TO HELL. ON THE DEATH OF THIS GIRL A FEW OF THE
PEOPLE SAID THEY SAW THE MAN'S HORNS
AS HE RAN OUT.

Submitter comment: MRS. LEWIS SAID THAT THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO HER BY HER
GRANDMOTHER WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL. HER GRANDMOTHER
SAID THAT THIS WAS A TRUE STORY.

Where learned: FREE PRESS SERVICE DESK

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Color

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IN THE LOCALITY OF EASTERN TOLEDO, OHIO, THERE IS A TRUE STORY TOLD
OF A COUPLE OF YOUNG GIRLS WHO WANTED TO GO TO A DANCE DURING LENT.
KNOWING THEIR PARENTS WOULD NEVER ALLOW THEM TO ATTEND, THE GIRLS
WENT TO THE DANCE UNDER THE FALSE PRETENSE OF ATTENDING LENTEN
DEVOTIONS AT THE PARISH CHURCH. THE YOUNG LADIES HAD A GAY TIME AT
THE DANCE AND MET THE MOST HANDSOME YOUNG MAN THEY HAD EVER LAID
EYES ON. THE YOUNG GENTLEMAN ASKED TO TAKE THEM HOME AFTERWARDS.
THEY CONSENTED AND WHEN IT CAME TIME TO SAY GOODNIGHT THEY SHOOK HIS
HAND ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT IT WAS THE CLAW OF AN ANIMAL}MUCH DISMAYED
THE GIRLS TOLD THEIR MOTHERS AND SHE EXPLAINED IT WAS THE DEVIL}

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): DECEIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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STORY ABOUT THE DEVIL,S DANCING IN THE WOODS

IT WAS HARVEST TIME AND ALL THE YOUNG FOLK WERE THRASHING THE GRAINS
THAT HAD JUST BEEN HARVESTED.
ONE AUTUMN NIGHT ABOUT 11 O,CLOCK WHILE THEY WERE THRASHING THE GRAIN
THEY HEARD MUSIC COMING FROM THE RAFTERS, THEY LOOKED UP AND SAW
SOME DEVILS DANCING UP IN THE LOFT. THESE DEVILS WERE ALL BLACK AND
ALL THEIR CLOTHING WERE BLACK. THEY DANCED ON ONE LEG AND ONLY HAD
ONE EYE AND ONE NOSTRIL. THE MUSIC WAS PLAYED ON A SMALL ACCORDION
AND FIDDLE.
THE YOUTHS WERE TYPICALLY BRAVE AND BOISTERIOUS AND DECIDED TO TAKE
THE INSTRUMENTS AWAY. THE DEVILS LEFT AT THE FIRST COCKS CROW
(ONE O,CLOCK) WITH A WHISTLE AND A BANG. SO THE NEXT NIGHT THE
YOUTHS , AS THE DEVILS WERE ABOUT TO LEAVE AT THE COCK,S CROW,
KNOCKED ONE INSTRUMENT OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DEVILS.
BUT WHEN THEY REACHED THE INSTRUMENT IT WAS JUST A LARGE CHARRED
PIECE OF WOOD. THE NEXT NIGHT THE DEVILS CAME BACK AND BEGGED
CKRYVEL, KRYVEL GIVE US BACK OUR FIDDLE" BUT THE YOUTHS DID NOT
RETURN IT. THE TWO YOUTHS WHO HAD TAKEN IT HAD TO PREPARE THE
STOVE FOR DRYING OUT THE GRAINS BEFORE THE THRASHING. THEY THREW THE
CHARRED WOOD INTO THE STOVE BUT IT WOULDN,T BURN. SO THEY WENT TO
BED AND THE NEXT MORNING THE TWO WERE FOUND STRANGLED.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO MY GRANDMOTHER BT HER GRANDMOTHER WHEN SHE WAS
A CHILD. THE TIME IS APPROXIMATELY THE TURN OF THE CENTURY WHEN THE
STORY WAS TOLD. THE STORY TOOK PLACE AROUND 1850.
SHE TOLD MY GRANDMOTHER THAT SHE ACTUALLY SAW THESE DEVILS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DO NOT TAKE THINGS THAT DO NOT BELONG TO YOU -PAYMENT CAN BE COSTLY ; THEFT FORM DEVIL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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THE COTTAGE CHEESE

A MAN AND HIS WIFE ONCE DID THE DEVIL A FAVOR. IN REPAYMENT FOR THIS
FAVOR, THE DEVIL TOLD THE COUPLE THAT WHEN HE COMES TO THEM AT NIGHT,
THEY MAY ASK HIM TO BRING ANYTHING THEY WANT. LATE ONE NIGHT, THE
DEVIL APPEARED IN THE COUPLE,S ROOM. THE DEVIL ASKED THE MAN WHAT HE
WANTED. THE MAN TOLD THE DEVIL HE WANTED COTTAGE CHEESE. A SHORT TIME
LATER THE DEVIL APPERAED. HE ASKED THE MAN, WHO WAS VERY DROWSY,
WHERE HE WANTED THE COTTAGE CHEESE. THE MAN SAID TO PUT IT ALL OVER
THE WALLS. HE DID NOT CARE WHERE IT WAS PUT. IN THE MORNING, WHEN THE
COUPLE AWOKE, THE WALLS, FLOOR, AND CEILING WERE PLASTERED WITH
COTTAGE CHEESE. THE COUPLE LEARNED NOT TO ASK FOR ANYTHING THEY DID
NOT NEED.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT MY HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFT FROM DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 03-15-1970

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NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR. ; NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

THERE WAS A BELIEF THAT A MOTHER WOULD DIE IF THE EVIL SPIRIT
CAME UPON HER BEFORE SHE WAS ABLE TO BE CHURCHED. MY GRANDFATHER
RECALLED THAT AFTER MY UNCLE JOSEPH WAS BORN THE EVIL SPIRIT
TRIED TO HARM MY GRANDMOTHER. ONE NIGHT, MY GRANDFATHER WAS
AWAKENED BY THE SOUND OF TAPPING AND SOMEONE CALLING FOR MY
GRANDMOTHER. MY GRANDMOTHER DID NOT HEAR IT SO MY GRANDFATHER
WENT TO THE DOOR BUT NO ONE WAS THERE. THE TAPPING AND
CALLING FOR MY GRANDMOTHER OCCURED THREE TIMES. THE THIRD TIME
WHEN HE WENT TO THE DOOR HE CALLED OUT: WHOEVER YOU ARE
SHOW YOUR FACE IF IF YOU ARE GOOD AND BEGONE IF YOU ARE EVIL.
AGAIN, THERE WAS NO ONE AND IT DID NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHURCHING OF WOMAN ; DEMON SUMMONS WOMAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 01-15-1970

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LEGEND

IT WAS LATE SUMMER AND IT WAS RAINING. MOTHER AND
FATHER WERE TRAVELING IN A WAGON ON A VISIT TO SOME NEIGHBORS.
ON THE ROADSIDE WAS A SMALL GOAT ALL WET AND SHIVERING. THEY
TOOK THE GOAT INTO THE WAGON THINKING THAT IT WOULD BE A
GOOD ASSET TO THEIR FARM, BUT SUDDENLY THEY WERE LOST AND THE
HORSES WERE SLOWING DOWN AND PANTING HEAVILY. ALL OF A SUDDEN
THE SMALL GOAT LEAPED UP AND OUT OF THE WAGON WITH A SHRIEK AND
RAN INTO THE WOODS. AT THE SAME TIME THE WAGON WAS BACK ON A
FAMILIAR ROAD. OBVIOUSLY THE GOAT HAD BEEN A DEVIL TRANSFORMED.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO MY GRANDMOTHER BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE
WAS ABOUT EIGHT YEARS OLD.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Legend

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DEVIL

A WOMAN WAS ONCE READING A CONDEMMED BOOK. ALL OF A SUDDEN SHE HEARD
THE DISHES RATTLE IN THE PANTRY. IT WAS REALLY THE DEVIL BECAUSE
OF THE EVIL THE WOMAN WAS DOING.

Submitter comment: AS TOLD BY THE COLLECTOR'S MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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A GRANDFATHER AND HIS GRANDSON WERE PLAYING CARDS LATE ONE NIGHT
WITH TWO OLD FRIENDS. BOTH THE GRANDFATHER AND THE GRANDSON SWEAR
THE STORY IS TRUE. THE GRANDFATHER KNOW HE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE
OUT LATE AT NIGHT BECAUSE HIS WIFE WAS AT HOME WORRYING ABOUT HIM.
THEN THERE WAS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND A STRANGER TO ALL ENTERED AND
A STRANGER TO ALL ENTERED AND SPOKE TO THE OLD MAN, " YOU BETTER
GET HOME BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE" AS THE STRANGER LEFT THEY ALL
NOTICED THAT HE HAD NO SHOES AND HOOFS FOR FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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THERE ONCE LIVED A YOUNG CATHOLIC GIRL WHO INSISTED ON DATING A
YOUNG MAN OF WHOM HER PARENTS DID NOT APPROVE. ONE NIGHT HER FATHER
FORBADE HER TO DATE HIM BUT SHE WENT OUT WITH HIM ANYWAY, AFTER A
BITTER ARGUMENT, AS A DELIBERATE ACT OF DISRESPECT. AS SHE DROVE
ALONG WITH HER DATE, SHE HAPPENED TO GLANCE DOWN AT THE ACCELARATOR.
INSTEAD OF A PAIR OF SHOES, HOWEVER, HER "YOUNG MAN" POSSESSED A
PAIR OF HOOFS. THE GIRL WAS LED ASTRAY BY THE DEVIL AND NEVER SEEN
AGAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD BY A NUN TO INSTILL IN US THE NEED FOR OBEDIENCE AND
RESPECT TO PARENTS.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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THE GIRL WHO HAD A DATE WITH THE DEVIL

EARLY IN THE 1800'S A GIRL ABOUT THE AGE OF 20 WENT TO A DANCE WITH
HER BOYFRIEND. HE WAS HONEST AND FRIENDLY, BUT NOT HANDSOME. WHILE
AT THE DANCED, SHE MET A VERY HANDSOME FELLOW. SHE DANCED AND
DANCED WITH THIS HANDSOME FELLOW, COMPLETELY IGNORING HER BOYFRIEND.
AT MIDNIGHT HER HANDSOME PARTNER CHANGED INTO THE DEVIL. HE DANCED
WITH HER TO HELL AND SHE WAS NWVER SEEN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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DEVILS SKATING

IN THE WINTERTIME ALL THE CHILDREN WOULD GO SKATING IN THE EVENING
ON A FROZEN LAKE NEARBY. AROUND TEN OR ELEVEN O'CLOCK ON SOME NIGHTS
DEVILS WOULD COME TO SKATE. THESE DEVIL'S WERE SMALL LIKE THE
CHILDREN AND ALL BLACK WITH BLACK CLOTHES. THEY HAD ONE EYE AND ONE
NOSTRIL AND ALWAYS SKATED ON ONE OF THEIR LEGS. THEY (THE ) DEVILS
WOULD PLAY A GAME WITH THE CHILDREN. THE CHILDREN WOULD HAVE SOME
WOODEN STICKS AND THE DEVILS HAD IRON ONE AND EACH TEAM WOULD TRY TO
HIT A WOODEN PUCK PAST EACH OTHER. AT THE FIRST COCK'S CROW THE
DEVILS WOULD LEAVE WITH A WHISTLE AND A GANG.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO MY GRANDMOTHER BY HER GRANDMOTHER WHEN SHE
WAS A CHILD, THE STORY TAKES PLACE ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE NINETEENTH
CENTURY.

Where learned: TANJANSKIENE, KAROLINA

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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TALE

WE HAVE THIS ROAD CALLED BURNS ROAD AND THE DEVIL LIVES ON BURNS
ROAD. IT WAS A FAVORITE FOR PEOPLE TO GO PARKING UNTIL ONE NIGHT
THIS COUPLE PARKED THERE. THEIR CAR RAN OUT OF GAS OR THAY HAD
TROUBLE AND THE BOY SAID HE WOULD GO GET HELP AND SAID, "YOU STAY
HERE AND LOCK THE DOORS." THE BOY WAS GONE A LONG TIME AND THE GIRL
BEGAN TO HEAR ALL THIS RUSTLING AND STUFF BEHIND HER. SHE DIDN'T
LOOK BACK BUT STAYED IN THE CAR AND FELL ASLEEP. SHE HEARD SOME
SCRATCHING BEHIND HER AND JUST FREAKED OUT OR SOMETHING. THE POLICE
WOKE HER UP AND TOLD HER TO GET OUT OF THE CAR AND NOT TO LOOK BEHIND
HER. BUT SHE DID AND SAW THE BODY OF HER BOYFRIEND. HE WAS TRYING
TO CLAW AT THE CAR AND HIS WHOLE BODY WAS MANGLED. SO PEOPLE SAY THE
DEVIL LIVES ON BURNS ROAD. OTHER PEOPLE HAVE HEARD STRANGE NOISES
AND HAVE SEEN HIS GHOST UP THERE IN THE EVENINGS.

Submitter comment: BURNS ROAD IS IN OR NEAR AVON, OHIO. JOFRAN HEARD THIS STORY AS
A CHILD FROM HER SISTERS OR HER FRIENDS. SHE BELIEVED IT AT FIRST
BUT CONSIDERS IT A STORY NOW. THE ROAD ITSELF IS SPOOKY AND GIVES
ONE AN EERIE FEELING ACCORDING TO JOFRAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: CA00001968

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RED MAN

I REMEMBER AT OUR FAMILY PICNIC IN DEARBORN IN 1974,
MY UNCLE TOLD ME THE STORY ABOUT NAIN ROUGE. NAIN ROUGE WAS
A LITTLE RED FACED MIDGET WHO PATROLED THE BANKS OF THE ROUGE
RIVER FOR HUMANS. IF HE FOUND ANY HE WOULD CUT OFF THEIR HEADS
AND POUR THEIR BLOOD INTO THE RIVER. THAT IS WHY TO THIS DAY
THE ROUGE RIVER IS RED IN COLOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Running water Large current.

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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