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THE KERCHIEF

ONCE WHEN A BOY AND GIRL WERE YOUNG, THE BOY NOTICED THAT THE GIRL
ALWAYS WORE A KERCHIEF TIED AROUND HER NECK. THE BOY ASKED THE
GIRL WHY SHE ALWAYS WORE THE KERCHIEF TIED AROUND HER NECK. THE
GIRL ANSWERED, "YOU ARE TOO YOUNG; WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE OLDER. THEN
I WILL TELL YOU."
THEN THEY WERE IN GRADE SCHOOL, AND THE GIRL STILL WORE THE
KERCHIEF. SO, THE BOY ASKED THE GIRL AGAIN WHY SHE ALWAYS WORE
THE KERCHIEF. THE GIRL ANSWERED, "YOU ARE TOO YOUNG; WAIT UNTIL
YOU ARE OLDER. THEN I WILL TELL YOU."
THEN THEY WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND THE GIRL STILL WORE THE
KERCHIEF. SO, THE BOY ASKED THE GIRL AGAIN WHY SHE ALWAYS WORE
THE KERCHIEF. THE GIRL ANSWERED, "YOU ARE TOO YOUNG; WAIT UNTIL
YOU ARE OLDER. THEN I WILL TELL YOU."
THEN THEY WERE IN COLLEGE, AND THE GIRL STILL WORE THE KERCHIEF.
SO, THE BOY ASKED THE GIRL AGAIN WHY SHE ALWAYS WORE THE
KERCHIEF. THE GIRL ANSWERED, "YOU ARE TOO YOUNG; WAIT UNTIL YOU
ARE OLDER. THEN I WILL TELL YOU."
EVEN WHEN THEY WERE MARRIED, SHE STILL WORE THE KERCHIEF, SO HE
ASKED HER AGAIN WHY SHE ALWAYS WORE THE KERCHIEF. SHE ANSWERED,
"YOU ARE TOO YOUNG; WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE OLDER. THEN I WILL TELL
YOU.
THEN THEY WERE MIDDLE-AGED, AND SHE WAS STILL WEARING THE
KERCHIEF. HE SAID, "NOW WILL YOU TELL ME WHY YOU ALWAYS WEAR
THAT KERCHIEF?" SHE ANSWERED, "YOU ARE TOO YOUNG; WAIT UNTIL
YOU ARE OLDER. THEN I WILL TELL YOU."
WHEN THEY WERE VERY OLD, HE ASKED HER ONCE AGAIN WHY SHE ALWAYS
WORE THE KERCHIEF. SHE TOOK THE KERCHIEF OFF AND HER HEAD FELL
ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THAT'S ONCE

AS THE NEWLY MARRIED FARMER AND HIS WIFE WERE DRIVING DOWN THE
ROAD IN THEIR HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE, THEY APPROACHED A RATHER
GRASSY SPOT IN THE OTHERWISE BARREN PLAIN. PRESENTLY, THE HORSE
VEERED OFF THE ROAD AND SUNK HIS HEAD INTO THE GRASS, WHEREUPON
THE FARMER GOT OUT OF THE CARRIAGE, WALKED UP TO THE HORSE AND,
LOOKING IT IN THE EYE, SAID, "THAT'S ONCE." AS THEY VENTURED
FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD, THEY CAME TO A TALL, WELL-BLOOMED TREE.
BEING A HOT DAY, THE HORSE PULLED INTO THE SHADE TO REST. ONCE
AGAIN THE FARMER GOT OUT OF THE CARRIAGE, WALKED UP TO THE HORSE,
AND LOOKING IT IN THE EYE SAID, "THAT'S TWICE." A LITTLE FARTHER
DOWN THE WAY, THE HORSE STOPPED AT A POND FOR A DRINK OF WATER
AND AGAIN, THE FARMER DISMOUNTED THE CARRIAGE, WALKED UP TO THE
HORSE AND SHOT IT. HE WALKED BACK TO THE CARRIAGE, WHEN HIS
WIFE ASKED IF HIS ACTIONS WERE NOT A BIT DRASTIC. THE FARMER,
HEARING THIS, LOOKED HIS WIFE STRAIGHT IN THE EYE AND SAID,
"THAT'S ONCE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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THE THREE MORALS

A SPARROW WAS FLYING IN THE THICK OF WINTER. HIS WINGS FROZE AND
HE FELL, COLD, ON A PATH. ALONG CAME A COW AND ACCIDENTALLY SHIT
ON HIM. THE SPARROW WAS WARM BUT DECIDED TO FLY ON. SO HE BEGAN
TO WORK HIS WAY OUT. A CAT CAME BY, GRABBED HIM, AND LATER ATE
HIM. AMEN.
THE THREE MORALS ARE:
(I) IT ISN'T ALWAYS YOUR ENEMY WHO SHITS ON YOU.
(II) IT ISN'T ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND WHO PULLS YOU OUT OF SHIT.
(III) WHERE YOU FEEL GOOD, STAY THERE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS AMUSING AND WITH A DEFINITE POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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TREE SURGEON JOKE

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE SUCCESSFUL TREE SURGEON WHO HAD
SEVERAL BRANCH OFFICES?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOLK TALE

THIS OLD LADY HAD A GREEN AND GOOSHY HAND IN A JAR. SHE WAS
HOLDING 3 GIRLS CAPTIVE. SHE TOLD THE FIRST GIRL THAT IF SHE
WANTED TO LEAVE SHE HAD TO EAT THE HAND WITHIN 3 DAYS, OR ELSE
SHE WOULD BE BURIED 600 FEET DEEP. THE GIRL DIDN'T EAT IT AND
WAS BURIED. THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO THE SECOND GIRL. BUT
THE THIRD GIRL ATE THE HAND. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER?
SHE TURNED ALL GREEN AND GOOSHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOVELIST JOKE

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE NOVELIST WHO THOUGHT AND THOUGHT
UNTIL HE CAME UP WITH SOME NOVEL IDEAS?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FABLE: THE LOST DONKEY

ONE TIME, TWO TRUE FRIENDS WERE WALKING ON THE SAME ROAD. WHILE
WALKING LIKE THIS, THEY SAW A LOST DONKEY. WITH JOY THEY BOTH
RAN TO HIM AND STARTED ARGUING. ONE SAYS:
"I SAW HIM FIRST! HE SHOULD BELONG TO ME!" BUT THE SECOND ONE
SAID THE SAME THING. AS THEY ARGUED MORE, THEY BEGAN TO FIGHT.
BUT THE DONKEY WASN'T DUMB; WHILE THE TWO WERE FIGHTING, HE HID
IN THE BUSHES.
MORAL: WHERE TWO ARE FIGHTING, OFTEN THE THIRD ONE WINS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TRANSLATED BY RAMUNE STONYS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CEMETERY STORY

THERE WAS AN OLD MAN IN THIS TOWN WHO DIED. HE WAS MEAN TO THE
KIDS WHILE HE WAS ALIVE SO NOW A RUMOR WAS GOING AROUND THAT HE
COULD REACH OUT OF HIS GRAVE AND GRAB PEOPLE. ONE NIGHT ABOUT
12:00 MIDNIGHT SOME BOYS WENT TO THE CEMETERY. JOHN, WHO WAS THE
LEADER OF THE GROUP, WAS DARED TO STAB THE GRAVE WITH HIS KNIFE.
JOHN SAID HE WASN'T AFRAID OF THE OLD MAN WHEN HE WAS ALIVE AND
HE STILL ISN'T AFRAID. IN FACT, HE SAID, HE'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY
TO GET HIM BACK CAUSE HE NEVER LIKED THE OLD MAN. JOHN RAN UP
TO THE GRAVE AND STUCK THE KNIFE IN. HE TRIED TO RUN AWAY BUT
SOMEONE WAS HOLDING HIS PANT LEG! HE SCREAMED SO LOUD ALL THE
BOYS GOT SCARED AND RAN AWAY. THE NEXT DAY THE BOYS WENT BACK
TO THE CEMETERY TO FIND JOHN. HE HADN'T COME HOME ALL NIGHT!
WHEN THEY GOT TO THE OLD MAN'S GRAVE THEY FOUND JOHN DEAD ON
THE GRAVE! HE HAD DIED OF FRIGHT. HE HAD STUCK THE KNIFE IN
THE GRAVE, ALRIGHT, BUT HE ALSO HAD PUT THE KNIFE THROUGH HIS
PANT LEG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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LITTLE MATCH GIRL

THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHOSE MOTHER DIED. HER FATHER REMARRIED
AND HER STEPMOTHER WAS VERY MEEAN AND WOULD SEND HER ON THE CORNER
EVERY NIGHT TO SELL MATCHES. IT WAS THANKSGIVING NIGHT AND THE
LITTLE GIRL WENT TO HER CORNER TO SELL MATCHES AS USUAL. IT GOT
BITTER COLD AND IT STARTED TO SNOW AND SNOW, AND SHE BECAME VERY
COLD. THE LITTLE GIRL WENT IN BETWEEN TWO HOUSES AND LIT A MATCH
TO WARM UP. SHE LOOKED THROUGH A WINDOW OF ONE OF THE HOUSES AND
SAW THE FAMILY GATHERED AROUND THE TABLE WITH A GREAT BIG TURKEY.
SHE KEPT LIGHTING MATCHES TO KEEP WARM AND WATCHING THE PEOPLE IN
THE HOUSE. SHE BEGAN TO CRY, AND WAS ALMOST FROZEN TO DEATH, WHEN
HER MOTHER HEARD HER CRIES AND CAME DOWN AND TOOK HER TO HEAVEN
WITH HER WHERE THEY WERE BOTH HAPPY TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY IS A TRADITIONAL ONE IN OUR FAMILY, DATING BACK SEVERAL
GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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BABY

THERE WAS A WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND WAS GONE FROM HOME QUITE A BIT.
THEY LIVED IN A LARGE HOUSE SO WHEN HE WAS GONE SHE WOULD TAKE
HER BABY INTO HER ROOM AND KEEP IT IN A CRADLE NEXT TO HER. SHE
WOULD TOUCH THE BABY FROM TIME TO TIME TO MAKE SURE IT WAS
BREATHING. ONE NIGHT SHE THOUGHT SHE HEARD FOOTSTEPS SO SHE
FELT HER BABY AND IT WAS BREATHING. SHE WALKED DOWN THE STAIRS
AND THERE SHE SAW A MAN, DRESSED ALL IN BLACK, HOLDING HER BABY'S
HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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FOLK TALE

THIS STORY TAKES PLACE IN RUSSIA. IT IS THE STORY OF A MAN WHO
PASSED AWAY AND IN HIS WILL HE REQUESTED THAT HIS SOLID GOLD
WATCH BE BURIED WITH HIM. HIS REQUEST WAS GRANTED AND HE WAS
THUS BURIED. THIS WAS A FARMING SECTION IN RUSSIA AND THE PEOPLE
WERE EXTREMELY POOR. SOMEHOW, A MEMBER OF THE PEASANTRY LEARNED
OF THE FACT THAT THE MAN WAS BURIED WITH A GOLD WATCH. HE DECIDED
TO ROB THE GRAVE. YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT IN RUSSIA THE MEN OF
THOSE TIMES WORE LONG COATS. SO IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, HE TOOK
HIS SHOVEL AND HAMMER, DUG OPEN THE GRAVE, AND PRIED OPEN THE
COFFIN. AFTER TAKING THE WATCH FROM THE DEAD MAN'S PERSON, HE
STARTED TO RE-NAIL THE COFFIN. UNWITTINGLY, HIS COAT CAUGHT
UNDER THE LIP OF THE COFFIN AS HE HAMMERED THE COFFIN LID SHUT.
WHEN TRYING TO ARISE, HE WAS FOUND UNABLE TO DO SO, AND BEING
OF A SUPERSTITIOUS NATURE, HE THOUGHT THE DEAD MAN WAS PULLING
HIM DOWN INTO THE GRAVE. THE NEXT MORNING THIS MAN WAS FOUND
LYING BESIDE THE COFFIN, DEAD. HIS HAIR WAS COMPLETELY WHITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 03-15-1970

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GREEK FOLK TALE

A MAN HAD THREE SONS WHO WERE FIGHTING WITH EACH OTHER. HE CALLED
HIS SONS TOGETHER AND GAVE EACH ONE OF THEM A STICK AND TOLD THEM
TO BREAK IT. THEY ALL BROKE IT SUCCESSFULLY. HE THEN GAVE THEM
EACH TEN STICKS TIED TOGETHER AND TOLD THEM TO BREAK THEM. THEY
COULD NOT.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS THAT BROTHERS SHOULD NOT FIGHT BUT STICK
TOGETHER SO THAT THEY CANNOT BE BROKEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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GREEK FOLK TALE

A VERY RELIGIOUS MAN WENT FISHING IN THE SEA. ALL OF A SUDDEN
THE WEATHER CHANGED AND THE SEA BECAME VERY STORMY; THE MAN
BECAME VERY SCARED, AND HE STARTED BEGGING GOD TO SAVE HIM FROM
DROWNING. ALL OF A SUDDEN HE HEARD A VOICE TELLING HIM TO START
HELPING HIMSELF AND GOD WILL ASSIST HIM IN HIS STRUGGLE.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY, ONE CAN'T DEPEND ON OTHERS ALONE BUT HE
HAS TO TRY HIMSELF ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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DEATH OF A DOUBTER

A YOUNG GIRL LIVING IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY DID NOT BELIEVE
ANY OF THE SCARY STORIES THAT SOME OF HER FRIENDS WOULD TELL.
SO HER FRIENDS DARED HER TO GO INTO A NEARBY CEMETERY AT MIDNIGHT
AND PLACE A KNIFE INTO ONE OF THE GRAVES, RIGHT OVER WHERE THE
HEART OF THE DEAD PERSON WOULD BE. SHE AGREED.
AT MIDNIGHT ON THE APPOINTED NIGHT THE GIRL TOOK A KNIFE, SLIPPED
OUT OF HER HOUSE, AND WALKED TO THE CEMETERY. SHE KNELT OVER A
GRAVE AND PLUNGED THE KNIFE DEEP INTO THE GROUND, OVER THE AREA
OF THE HEART. SHE THEN ROSE QUICKLY TO LEAVE. THEY FOUND HER
THERE THE NEXT MORNING, DEAD, HER HAIR TURNED COMPLETELY WHITE.
WHEN THE BODY WAS BEING REMOVED, A KNIFE WAS FOUND NEAR THE HEM
OF THE GIRL'S GOWN, PINNING IT TO THE GROUND. SHE HAD EVIDENTALLY
FELT A TUG ON HER GOWN WHEN SHE GOT UP TO LEAVE, AND MUST HAVE
THOUGHT SOME FORCE WAS PULLING HER DOWN INTO THE GRAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TALE

THERE WAS ONCE A MOTHER WHO WAS EXPECTING A CHILD. SHE KNEW THAT
THE BABY WAS GOING TO BE DEFORMED, BUT WHEN THE BABY WAS BORN, IT
WAS ONLY AN EYE. THE DOCTOR WENT IN TO TALK TO THE MOTHER AND
TOLD HER THAT HER BABY WAS JUST AN EYE. THE MOTHER BECAME VERY
UPSET, STARTED CRYING, AND ASKED, "WHAT COULD BE WORSE?" THE
DOCTOR REPLIED, "IT'S BLIND."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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ME ALL FACE

ON A COLD WINTER DAY AN INDIAN AND A WHITE MAN WERE WALKING ALONG
TOGETHER. THE INDIAN HAD ONLY A BLANKET ON WHILE THE WHITE MAN
WAS ALL BUNDLED UP WITH CLOTHES. THE WHITE MAN COMPLAINING SAID
TO THE INDIAN, "I AM COLD WITH ALL MY CLOTHES AND YOU, WITH ONLY
A THIN BLANKET, DO NOT SEEM TO BE COLD AT ALL."
"IS YOUR FACE COLD?" THE INDIAN ASKED.
"MY FACE IS NOT COLD, BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IS FREEZING."
"ME ALL FACE," SAID THE INDIAN.

Submitter comment: SEE JAF LXXVI(1963), 340-342 AND LXXVII(1964),258.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITALIAN PEASANT FOLKTALE

THERE WAS A MAN LOOKING FOR A SHEPHERD. AND HE FOUND THIS MAN
FOR THE JOB AND HE MADE AN AGREEMENT WITH THIS HANDYMAN TO HERD
HIS SHEEP, BUT WHATEVER EACH MAN DID, NEITHER COULD BE SORRY FOR
WHAT WAS BEING DONE. IN THE MORNING THE HANDYMAN WENT TO HERD THE
SHEEP. THE OWNER SAID TO HIM AS HE WAS LEAVING: "HERE'S BREAD
FOR YOU AND THE DOG. WHEN NIGHT COMES YOU HAVE TO BRING THE WHOLE
THING HOME." THAT NIGHT THE OWNER AND HIS WIFE WERE EATING WHEN
HE REALIZED THAT IT WAS TIME FOR THE HANDYMAN TO COME HOME. SO HE
SAID TO HIS WIFE, "TAKE THE DISHES OFF THE TABLE. WHO KNOWS HOW
MANY PEOPLE GO HUNGRY TONIGHT." THIS WENT ON LIKE THIS FOR A FEW
DAYS.
THEN ONE DAY THE HANDYMAN WAS OUT WALKING WHEN HE ENCOUNTERED HIS
BROTHER. AND HIS BROTHER ASKED HIM: "HOW COME YOU'RE SO THIN,
DON'T YOU EAT?" THEN THE HANDYMAN TOLD HIM WHY. HIS BROTHER
FELT SORRY FOR HIM SO THE BROTHER WENT TO THE OWNER AND TOLD HIM:
"MY BROTHER IS SICK, AND IF IT PLEASES YOU, I'LL TAKE HIS PLACE."
THE OWNER SAID IT WOULD BE ALL RIGHT SO LONG AS THE TERMS WERE
THE SAME: THAT NEITHER COULD BE SORRY FOR WHAT THE OTHER DID.
WHEN MORNING CAME, THE OWNER GAVE THE BROTHER BREAD FOR HIM AND
THE DOG AND TOLD HIM NOT TO EAT IT; JUST AS BEFORE. WHEN THE
HANDYMAN TOOK THE SHEEP UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS, HE MET ANOTHER
SHEPHERD AND HE TOLD HIM THAT IF HE PUT UP THE BREAD THEN HE,
THE HANDYMAN, WOULD PUT UP HIS BEST SHEEP. SO THEY ATE AND HAD
A PARTY.
THAT NIGHT WHEN HE WENT HOME, THE OWNER SAID TO HIM, "SERVANT,
SERVANT, WHAT HAVE YOU EATEN TODAY?" "YOUR BEST SHEEP, MASTER,
ARE YOU DISPLEASED?" BUT THE OWNER COULD SAY NOTHING.
THE NEXT DAY THE OWNER GAVE THE MAN BREAD AND TOLD HIM TO BRING
IT HOME UNTOUCHED. THAT NIGHT THE HANDYMAN CAME HOME EARLIER THAN
USUAL SO THAT AS THE OWNER SAID TO HIS WIFE: "CLEAR THE TABLE. WHO
KNOWS HOW MANY PEOPLE GO HUNGRY TONIGHT," THE HANDYMAN WALKED IN
AND SAID TO THE OWNER: "LEAVE THE PLATES ON THE TABLE. YOUR BELLY
IS FULL AND MINE IS EMPTY." SO THE HANDYMAN SAT DOWN TO EAT WHILE
THE OWNER COULDN'T.
THAT NIGHT THE OWNER TELLS HIS WIFE: "MAKE ME SOME SPAGHETTI;"
AND MEANWHILE THE HANDYMAN IS SLEEPING ON A BENCH NEAR THE FIRE.
WHEN THE OWNER'S WIFE PUTS THE MACARONI IN THE WATER, THE HANDYMAN
WOKE UP AND ASKED, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"
"I'M BOILING MY CLOTHES."
THE HANDYMAN SAYS, "HERE'S MY RAGS, PUT THEM IN TOO" AND HE THROWS
HIS DIRTY CLOTHES IN AND THUS THE OWNER IS NOT ABLE TO EAT THE
SPAGHETTI.
ANOTHER NIGHT, HE TELLS HIS WIFE, "MAKE SOME PIZZA FOR ME." SHE
IS COOKING IT UNDER THE FIRE AND THE HANDYMAN WAKES UP AGAIN AND
ASKS HER WHAT SHE IS DOING. HE TAKES A PIECE OF STEEL AND SAYS
"WE WERE SIX BROTHERS AND WE DIVIDED" AND HE MAKES SOME CROSSES
IN THE ASHES AND THUS RUINS THE PIZZAS. THE OWNER TOOK THE PIZZA
BEHIND THE SOFA AND BLEW ON THEM TO SEE IF ANY COULD BE EATEN AND
THE HANDYMAN THINKING HE WAS A CAT BEHIND THE SOFA, HIT HIM ON
THE HEAD.
THE OWNER IS REALLY MAD BY THIS TIME AND TELLS HIS WIFE, "WE HAVE
TO DESTROY THE HANDYMAN."
THE OWNER DECIDES TO SEND THE HANDYMAN IN A HARNESS TO THE SWAMP
SO THAT THE WOLF CAN EAT HIM. THE HANDYMAN SAYS: "I'LL GO, BUT
I'LL NEED A BASKET OF EGGS, ONE OF STONES, A BOTTLE OF HONEY, A
DRILL, A SAW, AND TWO SQUASH."
WHEN HE WENT TO THE SWAMP, HE WENT BY A TREE, ONE HE SAWED DOWN
UNTIL IT JUST BARELY HELD UP; ON ANOTHER HE MADE 5 HOLES WITH THE
DRILL AND PUT HONEY IN THEM. THEN HE CLIMBED UP A TREE AND
SOUNDED A HORN. WHEN THE WOLF HEARD THIS HORN, HE SAID, "I WILL
MAKE A GOOD DINNER," AND THE WOLF PROCEEDED TOWARDS THE SOUND OF
THE HORN.
THE HANDYMAN SITTING IN THE TREE WOULD BREAK AN EGG AND EAT IT.
THE WOLF SAYS TO HIM, "COMPARE, WHAT ARE YOU EATING?" AND HE
SAYS, "EGGS," AND THE WOLF SAYS, "WHY DON'T YOU THROW ME ONE."
AND THE GUY SAYS, "OPEN YOUR MOUTH." AND HE THROWS STONES IN,
INSTEAD OF EGGS AND BREAKS ALL OF THE WOLF'S TEETH. THE WOLF
SAYS, "COMPARE, MY BUT THOSE EGGS ARE HARD!" THE GUY SAYS,
"LOOK HOW TENDER THEY ARE," AND HE BREAKS ONE AND EATS IT. THE
WOLF SAYS, "THROW ME ANOTHER ONE," AND THE GUY SAYS, "OPEN YOUR
MOUTH" AND HE THROWS AND HE THROWS MORE STONES DOWN AND NOW THE
WOLF CAN'T EAT AT ALL.
THE WOLF SAYS: "COMPARE, COME DOWN" TO THE GUY. THE GUY SAYS
OK AND THE WOLF SAYS: "COMPARE, LET'S MAKE A BET. LET'S HIT OUR
HEADS AGAINST A TREE AND SEE WHO CAN BREAK THE TREE DOWN." THE
HANDYMAN GOES REAL SLOW AND IS ABLE TO BREAK THE TREE DOWN (IT'S
THE ONE HE HAD SAWED PREVIOUSLY) AND THE WOLF NEARLY KILLS HIMSELF
TRYING.
THE WOLF SAYS: "COMPARE, LET'S MAKE ANOTHER BET. LET'S STICK 5
FINGERS INTO A TREE AND SEE WHO GETS HONEY OUT FIRST." WOLF
BREAKS HIS FIVE FINGERS, BUT THE HANDYMAN GOES REAL SLOW AND GETS
THE HONEY OUT.
THEN THE WOLF SAYS TO THE HANDYMAN: "COMPARE, WHERE ARE YOU
GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT?" HE SAYS, "INSIDE THE BARN." THE WOLF
SAYS, "THEN TONIGHT I'LL COME TO SEE YOU." THEN THE HANDYMAN MAKES
A BED OF SQUASH IN THE BARN AND THEN GOES UP INTO THE TREE AGAIN.
THE WOLF GOES INTO THE BARN AND HITS ON TOP OF THE BED AND HE GETS
SPLASHED IN THE FACE AND THINKS THAT HE KILLED THE HANDYMAN.
IN THE MORNING, THE HANDYMAN SOUNDS HIS HORN ONCE AGAIN. THE WOLF
COMES BACK TO THE HANDYMAN. "COMPARE, YOU WANT TO MAKE A BET?
LET'S TAKE THIS BOLT AND SEE WHO CAN THROW IT THE FARTHEST AWAY."
FIRST THE WOLF THROWS IT AND HE BARELY MOVES IT. WHEN THE HANDY-
MAN SAW HOW SMALL A DISTANCE IT WAS FOR THE WOLF, HE DECIDED THAT
HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO MOVE IT. HE CLIMBED ON TOP OF SOMETHING
HIGH AND WOLF KEPT ON ASKING HIM WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO. "I
WANT TO WARN THIS WORLD AND THE OTHER WORLD THAT WHOEVER THIS
STONE WILL HIT, IT WILL KILL." SO HE ROLLED THE STONE DOWN THE
HILL AND IT HIT THE PROTESTING WOLF AND KILLED HIM. SO THE
HANDYMAN WON AGAIN.
THEN A BUYER OF OLD PIGS WAS GOING BY AND HE SAID TO HIM: "I'LL
TRADE YOU THIS WOLF'S SKIN FOR ALL THE OLD TAILS AND EARS YOU
HAVE." SO HE TAKES THE TAILS AND EARS AND SPRINKLES THEM OVER
QUICKSAND SO THAT IT'LL LOOK TO THE OWNER AS IF THE PIGS HAD
DROWNED. HE WENT TO THE OWNER AND SAID TO HIM, "THE PIGS THEY
WENT TO THE MUD AND WHEN I PULL THEIR EARS THEY COME OFF AND
LIKEWISE FOR THE TAILS." SO THE OWNER TOLD HIM, "I NEED 2
SHOVELS. GO TO MY NIECES AND TELL THEM TO GIVE THEM TO YOU."
SO HE GOES TO THE NIECES AND SAYS, "YOUR UNCLE SAID TO GO OUT AND
MAKE OUT THE TWO OF YOU. AND IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, JUST ASK
YOUR UNCLE, ONE OR BOTH?"
THEY WENT TO THE UNCLE AND ASKED "ONE OR BOTH?" AND THE UNCLE
ANSWERED "BOTH" AND THUS THE HANDYMAN'S CLEVERNESS ONCE AGAIN
WON OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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THE ROCK OF THE LORELEI

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL WHO PLAYED A FLUTE ON SOME ROCKS. EVERY
TIME A SHIP WOULD SAIL NEAR, THEY WOULD BE HYPNOTIZED BY THE
BEAUTY OF THE MUSIC. THUS THEY WERE DRAWN UPON THE ROCKS.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): SIREN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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FROG CITY

THERE'S A HOUSE ABOUT 2 MILEES OUTSIDE THE COUNTY, NEAR
ZIONSVILLE, THAT HAS ALL SORTS OF STRANGE THINGS. IT IS
SURROUNDED BY ROLLED BARBED-WIRE. THERE IS AN ARMED GUARD ON ONE
SIDE OF A DRAWBRIDGE WHICH CROSSES A SMALL CREEK. THERE IS A SIGN
WHICH READS, "CAUTION, MINEFIELD--SURVIVORS WILL BE PROSECUTED."
THERE ARE STREETLIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE OF A CORNFIELD BELONGING
TO THE HOUSE. I BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE I'VE BEEN THERE AND HAVE
SEEN THEM. NO ONE KNOWS WHO LIVES THERE.

Where learned: INDIANA ; INDIANAPOLIS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Permanent and Temporary Dwelling
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Bridge

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THE SAW CHAINS

TEXT NOT KEYPUNCHED
ONE MIMEOGRAPHED STORY ABOUT TWO SCANDINAVIAN AMERICANS;
IN 10X13 ENVELOPE, SQ730849-21
SQ730849-21

Submitter comment: SEVERAL FAMILIAR MOTIFS APPEAR IN THIS STORY SUCH AS THE TWO FRIENDS
UNWITTINGLY TRYING TO THROW EACH OTHER OUT OF BED. THE BEAR GOING
AFTER THE PERSON WHO WAS "SUPPOSED TO BE ON HIS SIDE" IS ALSO A
COMMON IDEA. THE ENDING ALSO IS TYPICAL. MY PARENTS REMEMBER
HAVING HEARD ALMOST THE SAME ENDING ON OTHER STORIES BEFORE.
I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IT TOOK MANY OF THE PEOPLE
I TOLD THIS STORY TO SOME TIME TO CATCH ON THAT SAW CHAINS WAS
REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE CHAIN-SAWS.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
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