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THE DEER THAT CAN'T BE SHOT

A HUNTER WHO RAN OUT OF AMMUNITION SPIED A YOUNG BUCK A FEW YARDS
AHEAD OF HIM. INNOVATING, HE PICKED UP THREE CHERRY PITS FROM THE
SCRAPS OF THE LUNCH HE HAD JUST CONSUMED. HE SHOT THE BUCK AT
ALMOST POINT BLANK RANGE BUT NOTHING HAPPENED.
THE NEXT YEAR THIS SAME HUNTER WENT OUT WITH TWO OTHER FRIENDS.
DURING THE COURSE OF THEIR HUNT, THEY SAW A BUCK WITH CHERRIES
GROWING FROM HIS ANTLERS. ALL THREE OF THEM ATTEMPTED TO SHOOT,
BUT THEIR GUNS JAMMED SIMULTANEOUSLY.
TO THIS DAY THE BUCK STILL ROAMS THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN;
NO ONE IS ABLE TO SHOOT HIM.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS STORY ON MY FIRST HUNTING TRIP ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO.
I CAN'T REMEMBER THE INFORMANT'S NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

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PLANT

THERE IS A TREE IN THE JUNGLES OF PANAMA WHICH IS SQUARE.

Submitter comment: MISS ZITZEWITZ LEARNED OF THIS FROM HER MOTHER AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 10-01-1963

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BURNING BUSH

THE PINSETA FLOWER, WHICH IS WELL KNOWN DURING CHRISTMAS TIME,
IS ORIGINALLY FROM MEXICO[ AND WAS CALLED THE BURNING BUSH. IT
WAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES BY SECRETARY OF STATE PINSET
IN THE LATTER PART OF THE 19TH CENTURY. THE LEGEND BEHIND THE
BURNING BUSH IS THAT A SMALL MEXICAN BOY WANTED TO BRING JESUS
SOMETHING, BUT HE WAS TOO POOR. ON HIS WAY TO CHRIST'S MANGER
HE SAW A BRIGHT RED FLOWER, AND HE TOOK IT AND GAVE IT TO JESUS.
THE FLOWER SUDDENLY BECAME SO BRIGHT THAT IT LIT UP THE ENTIRE
MANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

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THE CROOKED TREE

WASHINGTON PARK IN CHEBOYGAN HOLDS A CURIOUSLY SHAPED RUSSET
TREE WHOSE HUGE LIMBS SPREAD DOWN TOWARD THE GROUND IN A SPIDER
FASHION. HOW IT GOT THIS SHAPE IS THE SUBJECT OF MANY STORIES
RANGING FROM A SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
TO BEING MISUSED BY A BLACKSMITH. THE LATTER TELLS OF A THOUGHT-
LESS BLACKSMITH WHO PILED HIS SCRAP METAL ON TOP OF THE TREE,
WHICH, IN ITS FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL, GREW ITS LIMBS WHEREVER THERE
WAS AN OPENING. CONSEQUENTLY THE TREE HAS ITS PRESENT PECULIAR
PATTERN.
ANOTHER "OLD TIMER" RUMOR ATTRIBUTES ITS SHAPE TO INDIANS WHO,
SEEKING A TRAIL GUIDE, BENT THE YOUNG TREE AS A MARK SHOWING A
TURN POINT IN AN IMPORTANT TRAIL.
WHICHEVER EXPLANATION IS TRUE, IT IS STILL A MYSTERY, BUT ONE
THAT IS OFTEN SPECULATED UPON BY NATIVE INHABITANTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHEBOYGAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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THE WHIPPING TREE

IN PANAMA THERE IS A TREE THAT GROWS BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHICH
WHIPS EVERYONE WHO PASSES BY.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM INGRID ZITZEWITZ.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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NO GRASS ON THE GRAVE: TALE

THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF MY INFORMANT WAS ALLEGEDLY UNJUSTLY
ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE. HE SWORE HE WAS INNOCENT UP TILL
THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION NEAR BOSTON.
UNTIL THIS DAY, NO GRASS GROWS ON THAT GRAVE, THOUGH IT HAS BEEN
RE-SODDED SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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PAPARTIS BLOOM (FERN BLOOM)

THE LEGEND OF THE FERN BLOOM IS A VERY POPULAR AND FAVORITE AMONG
THE PEOPLE OF THE LITHUANIAN FARMS. IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A
PERSON FINDS THIS BLOOM, HE FINDS OUT WHERE EVERYTHING IS HIDDEN,
HE CAN LOOK INTO THE FUTURE AND BECOMES VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. BUT
A PERSON CAN HOPE FOR ANY LUCK AT ALL, ONLY ON ST. JOHN'S EVE--
THAT IS, ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST'S EVE, JUNE 23RD. JUNE 23RD IS
SUPPOSED TO BE (THE) SHORTEST NIGHT AND THE LONGEST DAY. WHEN
NIGHT COMES, ABOUT AN HOUR LATER THE SKY IN THE EAST IS ALREADY
TURNING LIGHT--BY 3:00 A.M., IT IS LIGHT AS DAY. THERE ARE MANY
STORIES AND TALES ABOUT THE FERN BLOOM AND TWO OF THEM FOLLOW.
THEY SAY THAT ON ONE ST. JOHN'S EVE, THE HORSES OF A FARMER
DISAPPEARED. THE FARMER SENT HIS STABLE BOY TO LOOK FOR THEM.
WHILE HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE FOREST, SUDDENLY EVERYTHING
TURNED VERY VERY BRIGHT . . . AND HE FOUND HIMSELF BEING ABLE TO
SEE EVERYTHING CLEARLY. (TRANSLATOR'S NOTE: A FERN BLOOM BLOOMS
VERY BRIGHTLY. WHEN YOU SEE ONE, YOU GET POWERS THAT ENABLE YOU
TO SEE IN THE FUTURE, WHERE EVERYTHING IS AND IS HIDDEN.) HE ALSO
KNEW WHERE THE HORSES WERE AND WHEN HE FETCHED THEM, HE FOUND OUT
THAT HIS FARMER'S NEIGHBOR HAD SOME GOLD BURIED UNDER AN APPLE
TREE AT THE END OF HIS ORCHARD. HE ALSO FOUND OUT THAT HIS LIFE
WILL BE VERY HARD AND HE WILL REMAIN POOR. HE THEN THOUGHT WHY
SHOULD HE REMAIN POOR IF HE KNEW WHERE THE GOLD WAS BURIED. SO
HE STARTED TOWARD THE NEIGHBOR'S ORCHARD, BUT THEN NOTICED THAT
IT WAS GETTING LIGHT OUT, SO HE DECIDED TO WAIT TILL THE FOLLOWING
NIGHT. INSTEAD, HE DECIDED HE'LL GET SOME SLEEP. SO HE TOOK OFF
HIS MOCCASINS AND STRETCHED OUT BY A WELL. BUT AS HE WAS TAKING
THE MOCCASINS OFF, THERE WAS A SUDDEN FLASH LIKE THAT OF A
DIAMOND. THE STABLE-BOY DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING ABOUT IT, SO HE
FELL ASLEEP.
IN THE MORNING, HOWEVER, WHEN HE AWOKE, HE COULDN'T REMEMBER
ANYTHING FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE . . . HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHERE
THERE WAS ANY GOLD BURIED.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN BY RAMUNI STONYS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 23

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HOW TO FIND A FERN BLOOM

TO FIND THIS BLOOM, YOU HAVE TO BE VERY BRAVE. FIRST OF ALL, YOU
HAVE TO GO DEEP INTO THE FOREST AT NIGHT, AS SOON AS IT GETS DARK.
YOU HAVE TO GO SO FAR THAT YOU WOULDN'T HEAR THE ROOSTER CROWING
AT DAWN, AND THAT IS A GOOD THREE OR FOUR MILES.
WHEN YOU GET INTO THE WOODS, THE PERSON HAS TO DRAW A CIRCLE TWO
STEPS IN DIAMETER AND RADIUS. THEN HE HAS TO SIT DOWN IN THE
MIDDLE, LIGHT A CANDLE AND WAIT TILL HE FINDS THE FERN BLOOM.
IN THE MEANTIME, ALL SORTS OF GOBLINS AND SUPERNATURALS COME UP
TO HIM TRYING TO SCARE HIM. THEY MAKE ALL KINDS OF HORRIBLE FACES
AND STRANGE NOISES. IF THE PERSON GETS FRIGHTENED JUST ONE LITTLE
BIT, HE WILL NOT FIND THE BLOOM. IF HE STICKS IT OUT AND ISN'T
FRIGHTENED, THEN CHANCES ARE THAT HE WILL FIND THE BLOOM. SO IT
IS ONLY THE BRAVEST THAT WILL FIND THE FERN BLOOM.
IN REALITY, THE FERN NEVER BLOOMS. BUT AMONG THE PEOPLE IT IS
BELIEVED TO BLOOM ON ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST'S EVE--JUNE 23.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED BY RAMUNI STONYS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 23

Date learned: 01-17-1972

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RUTA (COMMON NAME FOR GIRLS AMONG LITHUANIANS)

A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, WHEN UNPASSABLE FORESTS STILL EXISTED,
THERE WAS A DUKE THAT GOVERNED LITHUANIA. ALL THE OTHER DUKES
WERE AFRAID OF KARIBUTAS AND BOWED THEIR HEADS TO HIM. KARIBUTAS
WAS BRAVE AND POWERFUL. HE LIVED BETWEEN TWO FORESTS IN HIS
STRONG CASTLE. HE WAS VERY HAPPY WITH HIS WEALTH, RESPECT, BUT
HIS GREATEST JOY WAS HIS ONLY DAUGHTER WHOM HE LOVED VERY MUCH.
THEY CALLED HER RUTA.
RUTA HAPPILY RAN THROUGH THE CASTLE, SINGING LITHUANIAN SONGS.
(SHE) REJOICED AT THE FLOWERS, BIRDS' SINGING, HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD
OAKS' RUSTLING. SHE OFTEN SAT UNDER THE OLD TREES AND LISTENED
TO THEIR RUSTLING. THE DUKE'S DAUGHTER LISTENED TO THE OLD OAKS'
STORIES, AS OLD AS THEMSELVES--AS WELL AS SECRETIVE. SHE DIDN'T
EVEN NOTICE HOW HER JOYFUL DAYS OF YOUTH RAN BY.
WHEN SHE BECAME OF AGE, IMMEDIATELY FROM ALL OVER, RICH YOUNG
PRINCES AND DUKES STARTED COMING AND ASKING HER HAND IN MARRIAGE.
AND RUTA WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT ANYONE WHO LOOKED AT HER PROMISED
THAT HE WOULD EVEN GIVE HIS LIFE FOR HER. BUT RUTA WASN'T READY
TO GET MARRIED, SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GET MARRIED, AND THEREFORE,
DIDN'T PROMISE ANYONE.
BUT THE DUKE GOT TIRED OF LIVING ALONE AND DECIDED TO FIND HIMSELF
A SON-IN-LAW. HE FELT THAT HIS STRENGTH WAS WEAKENING, OLD AGE
WAS SETTING IN. HE CALLED RUTA TO HIS SIDE ONE TIME AND TOLD HER
THAT HE WANTS TO HAVE A SON-IN-LAW AND FOR HER, A HUSBAND. HE
SAID THAT SHE SHOULD FORGET ALL HER CHILDISH IDEAS AND THOUGHTS
AND HELP HIM TO FIND HER A HUSBAND. IF SHE DIDN'T FIND ONE IN
SIX MONTHS, THEN HE'LL HAVE TO APPOINT A HUSBAND FOR HER.
RUTA BECAME VERY SAD AFTER HEARING HER FATHER'S PLANS AND ORDERS.
SHE FELL AT HIS FEET AND BEGGED HIM, WITH TEARS IN HER EYES, TO
HAVE PITY ON HER AND NOT TO THROW HER TO A HUSBAND. BUT HER
FATHER TOLD HER THAT SHE MUST DO WHAT SHE IS TOLD.
BUT RUTA CRIED TILL WEAKENED, SHE FELL AT MILDO'S FEET (THE GODDESS
OF PURITY) AND VOWED THAT SHE WOULD KEEP HER VIRGINITY AND BECOME A
PRIESTESS. SHE KNEW THAT HER FATHER WOULD NOT LET HER DO THIS, SO
SHE DECIDED TO RUN AWAY TO ONE OF THE ROMUVAS (HOLY PLACE WHERE AN
ETERNAL FIRE BURNED TO ONE OR TWO OF THE GODS).
ON A WINDING FOREST TRAIL HURRIED A WHITE DRESSED GIRL. HER GOLDEN
HAIR, BEING MUSSED BY A GENTLE BREEZE, FELL ON HER SHOULDERS. THIS
WAS THE PRINCESS RUTA. THROUGH THE FORESTS SHE CAME ALONE TO
ROMUVA AND KNOCKED ON THE GATES. SHE WAITED A LONG TIME, WHEN ONE
OF THE PRIESTS CAME AND RECOGNIZED HER AND WELCOMED HER.
EARLY THE NEXT MORNING, THE SAME PRIEST TOOK RUTA TO THE HIGH
PRIEST. GOD'S SERVANT LISTENED TO HER, HER REASONS THAT BROUGHT
HER TO THIS HOLY PLACE. RUTA TOLD THE STORY OF HER LIFE, HER
FATHER'S DECISION AND FALLING TO HER KNEES, BEGGED THE HIGH PRIEST
TO ACCEPT HER AS A PRIESTESS.
THE HIGH PRIEST LISTENED TO HER COMPLAINTS. HIS WISE FOREHEAD
WRINKLED, HIS FACE CLOUDED OVER, BUT THE PRINCESS'S TEARS SOFTENED
HIS HEART AND WITHOUT THINKING OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN LATER, (HE)
ACCEPTED HER AS A PRIESTESS.
THE DUKE KARIBUTAS WAS SADDENED DEEPLY WHEN HE FOUND OUT THAT HIS
DAUGHTER HAD DISAPPEARED. HE BLINDLY WALKED THROUGH HIS CASTLE,
AS IF HE HAD LOST HIS WEALTH AND PRIDE. THE UNHAPPY FATHER CRIED,
JUST LIKE A MOTHER CRIES THAT HAS LOST HER LAST CHILD. HE ORDERED
EVERYONE TO LOOK FOR HER EVERYWHERE, JUST SO THAT THEY WOULD FIND
HER. THE ONE WHO FINDS HER, HE PROMISED, WOULD RECEIVE GREAT
REWARDS.
THEY SEARCHED FOR HER EVERYWHERE--THE PRINCES' AND DUKES' CASTLES,
THE ORDINARY HUTS, AND EVEN THE ROMUVAS.
ONCE, WHEN THE PRINCESS WAS MINDING THE HOLY FLAME, ONE OF THE
PRIESTS CAME AND TOLD HER THAT SOME OF HER FATHER'S MESSENGERS
HAD COME TO SEARCH FOR HER. RUTA PALED AS MUCH AS FRESHLY WOVEN
LINEN WHEN SHE HEARD THIS, AND RAN OUT INTO THE SACRED FOREST.
THERE SHE FELL UNDER AN OAK TREE AND BITTERLY STARTED TO CRY,
BEGGING THE GODS TO HAVE PITY ON HER AND NOT TO HAND HER OVER TO
HER FATHER.
THE MIGHTY GODS HEARD HER PLEAS AND PITIED HER. BUT THEY DIDN'T
WANT HER TO DEPART FROM THE EARTH WITHOUT LEAVING SOME SORT OF
SIGN, SO THEY TURNED HER INTO A SWEET SMELLING FLOWER.
THE MESSENGERS, LOOKING FOR THE PRINCESS, FOUND THE MAGICAL FLOWER
WHICH SMELLED SWEETLY IN THE WHOLE LAND. THEN THEY UNDERSTOOD
WHAT HAPPENED. IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE PRINCESS, THEY NAMED THAT
FLOWER HER NAME--RUTA.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN BY RAMUNI STONYS. IN OLD LITHUANIA,
THE PEOPLE WORSHIPPED ANYTHING THAT WAS ALIVE--NOT GOD HIMSELF
DIRECTLY. FOR EXAMPLE, LIGHTNING, THUNDER, WIND, SUN, MOON,
TREES, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious
BELIEF -- Marriage

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LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA

AT THE TIME OF THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST CHILD, A YOUNG SHEPHERD BOY
WANTED TO VISIT THE CHILD BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO BRING HIM.
THERE WAS A RED FLOWER BY HIM, SO HE PICKED IT AND SAID THAT THIS
WOULD BE HIS GIFT TO THE CHRIST CHILD. WHEN HE PRESENTED IT TO
THE CHILD, HE SMILED JOYFULLY AT THE BOY. MANY YEARS LATER THIS
SAME BOY, NOW A MAN, WAS STANDING BY THE CROSS ON WHICH CHRIST WAS
HANGING. WHEN THE BLOOD FLOWED OUT OF THE SPEAR WOUND OF CHRIST
AND HIT THE GROUND, A RED FLOWER EXACTLY LIKE THAT GIVEN BY THE
SHEPHERD BOY SPRUNG UP. RIGHT THEN THE MAN KNEW THAT THIS WAS THE
SAME PERSON TO WHOM HE HAD ONCE GIVEN THE RED FLOWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD

THE DOGWOOD TREE WAS ONCE A BEAUTIFUL SHADE OF WHITE, HOWEVER, WHEN
JUDAS ISCARIOT HUNG HIMSELF ON ITS BRANCHES AFTER BETRAYING CHRIST,
THE TREE BLUSHED PINK. IT REMAINS PINK TO THIS DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD SOUTHERN LEGEND WHICH I WAS TOLD WHEN I LIVED IN
NEW ORLEANS, IN 1968

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant

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LEGEND OF THE FLOWER

THE MEXICAN CALL THE POINSETTIA THE FLOWER OF THE HOLY NIGHT.
BECAUSE ON CHRISTMAS EVE LONG AGO, A POOR LITTLE BOY WENT TO CHURCH NN IN GREAT SADNESS BECAUSE HE HAD NO GIFT TO BRING THE HOLY CHILD.
HE DARED NOT ENTER THE CHURCH. SO HE KNELT OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
AND PRAYED TO GOD WITH TEARS, HE TOLD GOD HOW HE WANTED TO OFFER HIM
SOME TYPE OF GIFT. BUT BEING SO POOR HE COULDN'T AND HE DARED NOT
ENTER THE CHURCH WITH EMPTY ARMS. WHEN HE FINALLY ROSE FROM HIS
KNEES, HE NOTICED A FLOWER OF DAZZLING RED SPRINGING UP AT HIS FEET.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: Custom / Festival
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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THE REASON WHY THE SHAMROCK BECAME A SYMBOL ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS.
ST. PATRICK WAS ASKED ABOUT THE TRINITY AND IN ORDER TO EXPLAIN IT HE
BENT DOWN AND PICKED UP A THREE LEAF CLOVER AND STARTED TO EXPLAIN
HOW THE TRINITY AND A THREE LEAF CLOVER WERE SOMEWHAT THE SAME. WE
BELIEVED IN ONE GOD WITH THREE BEINGS. WHERE THE CLOVER LEAF HAD ONE
STEM WITH THREE BRANCHES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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PLANT LEGEND

THERE IS A TREE IN THE JUNGLES OF PANAMA
WHICH WHIPS PEOPLE IF THEY DO NOT SAY
" I HAVE SEEN YOU" IN SPANISH.

Submitter comment: (MISS ZITZEWITZ STATED THAT THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO HER
FATHER WHEN HE FIRST MET HER MOTHER IN PANAMA.)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-02-1963

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TORTURE TREE.

THIS IS LOCATED IN A SMALL PARK OUTSIDE OF PERRY, NEW YORK.
WILLIAM BOYD AND THOMAS PARKER, MEMBERS OF SULLIVAN'S EXPEDITION
WERE CAPTURED BY THE SENECA INDIANS IN 1779. THE INDIANS CUT OPEN
THE TWO MEN, PULLED OUT THEIR INTESTINES, AND ATTACHED THEM TO A
LARGE TREE. THEY THEN FORCED THE MEN TO RUN AROUND THE TREE UNTIL
ALL THEIR INTESTINES WERE OUT, THEN LET THEM BLEED TO DEATH.
THE PARK CONTAINS THE TORTURE TREE, WITH A STONE PATH IN A CIRCLE
AROUND IT, THE GRAVES OF BOYD AND PARKER AND A PLAQUE
COMMEMORATING THIS TORTURE.

Where learned: NOT LISTED

Keyword(s): TORTURE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

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HOW MUSHROOMS STARTED

THE JESUS WENT TO SAINT PETER AND WENT TO FARM. FARM LADY BAKED
PANCAKE -- STOVE WAS LIKE PLATE. PETER SO HUNGRY, STOLE PANCAKES
AND WHEN JESUS NOT LOOKIN', PUT IT IN THE SHIRT. THEY WENT TO
WOODS, AND PETER ATE PIECE OF PANCAKE WHEN JESUS NOT LOOKIN'.
EVERYTIME HE WANT TO SWALLOW, THE JESUS STARTED TO TALK TO HIM, SO
HE GRABT FROM HIS MOUTH AND THREW IT IN THE WOODS. FINALLY, THE
JESUS TELL HIM HE KNOW HE STOLET PANCAKE, AND DID NOT SWOLLOW, BUT
THREW IT INTO THE WOODS. SO THE JESUS SAY IT WILL NOT BE WASTED,
THAT PANCAKE, BUT WILL GROW INTO THE MUSHROOMS.

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR RECORDED THIS STORY IN THE EXACT WORDS.
MY GRANDMOTHER HAD HEARD THIS STORY FROM HER FIRST HUSBAND OVER
FORTY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Plant Life
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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VENGEANCE TREE LEGEND AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

" THE VENGEANCE TREE IS NEAR THE SHORE OF ST. MARY'S LAKE ON THE
NOTRE DAME CAMPUS, SOUTH BEND, IND. AN INDIAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING A
WHITE MAN WAS TRIED NEAR THE SITE. HE SWORE INNOCENCE, AND SAID THAT
THE TREE WOULD STAND AS WITNESS TO HIS INNOCENCE. TODAY, THE TREE
WITH ITS FIVE BRANCHES STANDS AS PROOF OF HIS UPRAISED HAND IN
SWEARINGHIS FREEDOM FROM GUILT. IT IS A SYCAMORE TREE NEAR CORBY HAL
.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): PLACE NAMES

James Callow Keyword(s): INDIANA ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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A guide at the geology center in Chelsea told us
the legend of the discovery of maple syrup.
An Indian on the Eastern coast, I think it was Iroquois,
had stored his hatchet in the side of a maple tree.
Sometime in late winter or early spring, he removed his
hatchet to go hunting. At the base of the tree, there was
a birch bark basket, which happened to catch the maple
water that ran out of the tree when the hatchet was
removed. The Indian's wife needed the birch bark basket
to cook the moose meat in, and so she decided to also use
the water that was already in it. She proceeded to boil
the meat in the maple water all day, and in turn, discovered
that the water made maple syrup (and also tasty moose meat).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHELSEA

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant

Date learned: 03-00-1990

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My aunt heard this story from a friend whose
friend had it happen to her. She had gone to
a large nursery and bought a cactus that was
about two or three feet tall. She had just had
a baby and was home alone all day caring for it.
When she sat down to rest she thought she saw the
the cactus moving a little. When she told her
husband he just figured that she was fatigued from
taking care of the baby all day. One day it really
started to bother her so she called the store.
The manager got on the phone and told her not to
panic but to put the cactus in a dark closet and
to leave the house until he arrived. A few minutes
later, they arrived, went into the house, covered
it up and carried it to a truck. The manager was
also sending an exterminator to the house.
Apparently a whole shipment of cactuses from the
southwest had eggs laid in them by tarantulas.
When the sun warmed up the cactus, the eggs would
begin to hatch and that's what gave the cactus the
appearance of moving. If they don't eat their way
out, the cactus will literally explode from the
pressure created by all the baby tarantulas inside.

Submitter comment: I thought that this story was true, but in the
last couple years I've heard other people tell
similar stories. I think my aunt also thought it
was true.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001980S

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Legend

I used to babysit on a dark deserted road in the 1970's.
Across from the house was a huge oak tree.
This was the scene of a great tragedy.
It is known in New Baltimore that two young lovers
ran out of gas while they were parked in front of the tree.
The boyfriend went to get gas. While he was gone, she fell
asleep. She heard a banging sound but thought nothing of it.
The next morning the police woke her up and asked her to
step out of the car. She saw her boyfriend hanging from the
tree. His legs hit the car while the wind was blowing, thus
making a thumping noise.

Submitter comment: Old New Baltimore legend

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): The Boyfriend's Death

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001970CA

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