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THE SOUL OF THE DEAD CAN BE VISIBLE

MRS. HURLEY STATES THAT ABOUT 1920 SHE WAS CARING FOR A
SICK WOMAN IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN SW DETROIT. AT THAT
TIME THE WOMAN WAS NEAR DEATH, WHEN THE DEATH RATTLE HAD BEGUN
MY INFORMANT STATES THAT A BLUE FLAME OF SOME FIVE TO SIX INCHES
IN DIAMETER AROSE FROM THE BODY OF THE WOMAN, THEN SHE EXPIRED.
IT WAS COMMON BELIEF AT THE TIME THAT THE SOUL OF A GOOD PERSON
COULD BE SEEN LEAVING THE BODY. THIS WAS ALSO SEEN BY 2 OTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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THE GREAT FIRE OF 1874

THIS FIRE BURNED DOWN THE WHOLE TOWN. THERE WERE THREE CITIES
AT THAT TIME, AND THE FIRE STARTED IN WEST SAGINAW. THE FIRE
STARTED AT A SAWMILL BY THE BRIDGE. IT CROSSED THE BRIDGE,
BURNING DOWN THE BRIDGE IN THE PROCESS, AND THEN BURNED EAST
SAGINAW. THERE IS A LEGEND THAT A PRIEST WALKED AROUND ST MARY'S
HOSPITAL ALL DURING THE FIRE AND IT WAS SPARED. THE PRIEST WAS
SAYING HIS BRIEVIARY THE WHOLE TIME. EVERYTHING ELSE AROUND THE
HOSPITAL WAS BURNED.

Submitter comment: THE FACT THAT THE TOWN WAS BUILT ON SAWDUST HAD SOMETHING TO DO
WITH THE WAY THE FIRE SPREAD EVERYWHERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CIRCUMAMBULATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

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MS. BOW'S GRANDPA AND THE BALL OF FIRE

MS. BOW'S GRANDPA WALKED TO A DANCE ONE NIGHT, IT WAS A LONG WAY.
HE DANCED ALL NIGHT AND THEN HE WALKED BACK HOME. ON THE WAY
HOME FROM
THE DANCE HE LOOKED BACK AND SAW A LIGHT, IT LOOKED LIKE A BALL
OF FIRE. HE WALKED FASTER AND THE BALL OF FIRE MOVED FASTER.
HE WENT FASTER AND FASTER AND THE BALL OF FIRE WENT FASTER AND
FASTER. HE GOT SCARED AND HE STARTED TO RUN. THE FIRE WENT
FASTER AND IT ZIPPED RIGHT PAST HIM. THE NEXT DAY HE WENT BACK
WHERE HE FIRST SAW IT. HE SAW AN OLD DECAYED STUMP AND HE
FIGURED IT WAS SOMETHING FROM THE STUMP THAT HAD SCARED HIM.

Submitter comment: I WAS SCARED EVEN AS I WAS TOLD THE STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 04-02-1982

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UNDER NEW STRAITSVILLE, OHIO, THERE IS A FIRE BURNING IN THE
COAL RUIN THAT HAS BEEN BURNING FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS. THE
FIRE BEGAN WHEN SOME STRIKING MINERS WERE DISSATISFIED WITH THE
STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS, SO THEY FILLED A COUPLE OF CARS WITH
COAL AND DOUSED THEM WITH GASOLINE, AND SENT THE BURNING
COAL CARS TO GO INTO THE MINE. TODAY PEOPLE STILL SEE STEAM
COMING UP FROM THE GROUND.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO BRIAN AS A CHILD GROWING UP IN RURAL
OHIO, NOT FAR FROM NEW STRAITSVILLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LABOR UNION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 00001960S ; 11-02-1984

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GHOST STORY

TWO COUSINS (OR MAYBE GREAT-UNCLES) WERE DRIVING A WAGON HOME
FROM A PARTY. IT WAS SPRING, AND IN A VERY IRISH COMMUNITY
WHICH HAD PROBLEMS WITH SPIRITS. OCCASIONALLY, PEOPLE WOULD
SEE LIGHTS (WILL-O-WISPS) OVER GRAVES. THE TWO MEN NOTICED LIGHTS
ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THE LIGHTS FOLLOWED THEM CLOSER AND CLOSER.
THE FASTER THEY WENT, THE FASTER THE LIGHTS WENT AND THE CLOSER THEY
FOLLOWED. THE LIGHTS WERE INDISTINCT, GREENISH-GLOWING, MOVING
LIGHTS. THE MEN MADE THE HORSES RUN, BUT THE FASTER THE HORSES
RAN, THE FASTER THE LIGHTS FOLLOWED. AS THEY WENT DOWN THE HILL
PAST THE CEMETERY NEAR THE HOUSE, THE LIGHTS DISAPPEARED.

Submitter comment: CONTEXT: FATHER HEARD THIS FROM HIS FATHER, ROY J. SMITH, TELLING
GHOST STORIES.

Where learned: SOUTH DAKOTA ; YANKTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

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THERE WAS A MAN IN THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS WHO WAS A SHIFTLESS,
NO COUNT BUM. AFTER BUMMING AROUND FOR A GOOD WHILE, HE DIED.
AS HE WAS GOING UP, ST. PETER SAW HIM COMING AND KNOWING THE
TYPE OF MAN HE WAS, HE TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS SORRY BUT HE JUST
COULDN'T LET HIM IN. WELL, HE THEN WENT DOWN ON HIS WAY TO
HELL. THE DEVIL SAW HIM COMING. "OH, NO," HE SAID, "IT'S
NOT AS IF WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGHT LIKE HIM. I JUST CAN'T
TAKE ANY MORE." SO WHEN THE OLD MAN GOT TO THE GATES OF
HELL, THE DEVIL WAS WAITING. HE GAVE THE MAN A PIECE OF
COAL AND SAID, "GO START A HELL OF YOUR OWN. AND THAT'S
THE ORIGIN OF ALL THOSE LIGHTS IN THE MOUNTAINS THAT YOU
CAN'T EXPLAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): HEAVEN GATEKEEPER IS ST. PETER

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

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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THE THREE SPARKS

ONCE UPON A TIME, GOD HAD NOTHING TO DO, AND HE
ENCOUNTERED THREE SPARKS WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO.
HE TALKED TO THEM AND TOLD THEM TO GO OUT AND
PROVE THEIR WORTH.
THE FIRST SPARK FLUNG ITSELF AT A DRY FOREST AND
CREATED A MONSTROUS FIRE. IT DID SO TO PROVE TO GOD
THE GREAT POWER OF GOD'S CREATION.
THE SECOND SPARK SAW AN ENEMY CAMP MOBILIZING FOR AN
ATTACK. THE SPARK SET FIRE TO THE POWDER STORES
AND MUNITIONS FORCING THE ENEMY TO RETURN TO THEIR
HOMELAND.
THE THIRD SPARK NOTICED A MOTHER AND HER SON VERY COLD
ON CHRISTMAS EVE WITH NO FIRE TO KINDLE THEIR DRY
TWIGS. THE SPARK GAVE ITSELF TO SAVE THESE PEOPLE
FROM THE COLD.
GOD BANISHED THE FIRST AND SECOND SPARKS, BUT THE
THIRD SPARK, HE PUT AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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BALL OF FIRE

THERE IS A TALE THAT STATES IF YOU TAKE TELEGRAPH RD.
SOUTH TO CHERRY HILL RD. AND GO DOWN TO DENTON RD.,
CROSS OVER THE BRIDGE THERE AND THEN TURN AROUND AND
COME BACK OVER THE BRIDGE, TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS
AND IGNITION, WAIT FOR AWHILE, YOU SOON WILL SEE A
RED BALL OF FIRE. IF YOU HONK YOUR HORN, THE FLAME
WILL PASS OVER YOUR CAR, IF YOU DON'T HONK YOUR HORN,
THE FLAME WILL SCORCH THE PAINT OFF YOUR CAR.

Submitter comment: BOB TOLD ME THAT HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THIS, BUT HE KNEW
SOME PEOPLE WHO DID. HE SAID THAT HIS BROTHER SAW
IT, BUT HIS BROTHER WAS INTOXICATED AT THE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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WILL OF THE WISP

MY GREAT GRANDFATHER TOLD MY GREAT-GRAND-MOTHER ONE DAY
AS HE CAME IN THE HOUSE GASPING FOR BREATH THAT HE
HAD BEEN CHASED BY THE "WILL OF THE WISP" IN THE
FORM OF A GREAT BALL OF FIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: YEARS AGO

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THE THREE SPARKS

ONCE UPON A TIME, GOD HAD NOTHING TO DO, AND HE
ENCOUNTERED THREE SPARKS WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO.
HE TALKED TO THEM AND TOLD THEM TO GO OUT AND
PROVE THEIR WORTH.
THE FIRST SPARK FLUNG ITSELF AT A DRY FOREST AND
CREATED A MONSTROUS FIRE. IT DID SO TO PROVE TO GOD
THE GREAT POWER OF GOD'S CREATION.
THE SECOND SPARK SAW AN ENEMY CAMP MOBILIZING FOR AN
ATTACK. THE SPARK SET FIRE TO THE POWDER STORES
AND MUNITIONS FORCING THE ENEMY TO RETURN TO THEIR
HOMELAND.
THE THIRD SPARK NOTICED A MOTHER AND HER SON VERY COLD
ON CHRISTMAS EVE WITH NO FIRE TO KINDLE THEIR DRY
TWIGS. THE SPARK GAVE ITSELF TO SAVE THESE PEOPLE
FROM THE COLD.
GOD BANISHED THE FIRST AND SECOND SPARKS, BUT THE
THIRD SPARK, HE PUT AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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BALL OF FIRE

THERE IS A TALE THAT STATES IF YOU TAKE TELEGRAPH RD.
SOUTH TO CHERRY HILL RD. AND GO DOWN TO DENTON RD.,
CROSS OVER THE BRIDGE THERE AND THEN TURN AROUND AND
COME BACK OVER THE BRIDGE, TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS
AND IGNITION, WAIT FOR AWHILE, YOU SOON WILL SEE A
RED BALL OF FIRE. IF YOU HONK YOUR HORN, THE FLAME
WILL PASS OVER YOUR CAR, IF YOU DON'T HONK YOUR HORN,
THE FLAME WILL SCORCH THE PAINT OFF YOUR CAR.

Submitter comment: BOB TOLD ME THAT HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THIS, BUT HE KNEW
SOME PEOPLE WHO DID. HE SAID THAT HIS BROTHER SAW
IT, BUT HIS BROTHER WAS INTOXICATED AT THE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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WILL OF THE WISP

MY GREAT GRANDFATHER TOLD MY GREAT-GRAND-MOTHER ONE DAY
AS HE CAME IN THE HOUSE GASPING FOR BREATH THAT HE
HAD BEEN CHASED BY THE "WILL OF THE WISP" IN THE
FORM OF A GREAT BALL OF FIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: YEARS AGO

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