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OLD POLISH STORY: TIRED TRAVELER

A CERTAIN TRAVELER HAD STOPPED AT MANY INNS TO FIND SHELTER FOR
THE NIGHT BUT HAD NO SUCCESS IN FINDING A ROOM. FINALLY, HE
AGREED TO AN INNKEEPER'S BARN. WHEN HE ENTERED, HE SAW THERE
WAS NO PLACE FOR HIM TO RECLINE. HE SAW ONLY SOME HOOKS WHERE
THE TOOLS WERE HUNG. HE PROMPTLY DISASSEMBLED HIMSELF AND PUT
AN ARM ON ONE HOOK, A LEG ON ANOTHER, AND SO ON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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HAUNTED HOUSE

ABOUT SIX BLOCKS AWAY FROM ME, ON RUTLAND TWO BLOCKS SOUTH OF
GRAND RIVER, IS A LARGE BROWN BRICK HOUSE THAT HAS BEEN UNOCCUPIED
FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS. OLD-TIME NEIGHBORS SAY THAT AROUND 1935,
A MAN KILLED HIS WIFE THERE BY HITTING HER OVER THE HEAD WITH A
POKER. SHE LAY THERE DEAD FOR DAYS UNTIL SOMEONE FOUND HER. NOW,
AS EVERYONE ON THE BLOCK WILL TESTIFY, ONE CAN SEE HER GHOST LATE
AT NIGHT, WALKING FROM ROOM TO ROOM IN THE HOUSE. SOMETIMES, EVEN
DURING THE DAY TIME, YOU WILL HEAR LOUD, PLAINTIVE SCREAMS AND
CRYING, AND MORE FREQUENTLY, SOUNDS OF A MAN AND WOMAN ARGUING.
I MYSELF, AFTER OBSERVATION, HAVE HEARD STRANGE NOISES AT AND
AROUND THAT HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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TALE

A BOY AND HIS SISTER ARE WALKING THROUGH A FOREST AND THEY CAME TO
A STREAM. THE BOY BENDS OVER TO TAKE A DRINK BUT THE GIRL TELLS
HIM NOT TO BECAUSE IT'S ENCHANTED. HE DIDN'T LISTEN TO HER AND HE
TURNED INTO A DEER. SHE TOOK A LITTLE BELL AND PUT IT AROUND HIS
NECK AND THEY WENT TO LIVE IN A COTTAGE BY THE EDGE OF THE FOREST.
FOR A LONG TIME EVERYBODY TRIES TO KILL THE DEER BECAUSE IT IS
SUCH A BEAUTY. ONE DAY THE OLD KING DIED AND HIS YOUNG SON BECAME
KING. HE DECIDED HE WAS GOING TO CAPTURE THE DEER AND HAVE HIM
FOR A BANQUET. SO HE SENT OUT SPIES TO FIND OUT WHERE IT WAS THAT
THE DEER ALWAYS DISAPPEARED TO. THE SPIES SAID THAT THE DEER
ALWAYS WENT INTO A COTTAGE BY THE EDGE OF THE FOREST.
ONE DAY THE GIRL HAD GONE OUT TO GET SOME FOOD. WHEN SHE CAME
BACK SHE SAW THAT THERE HAD BEEN A STRUGGLE IN THE COTTAGE AND THE
LITTLE BELL WAS LYING ON THE FLOOR. SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
BUT A BIRD TOLD HER THAT THE DEER HAD BEEN TAKEN TO THE CASTLE FOR
A BANQUET. SHE HURRIED TO THE KING, FORCED HER WAY PAST ALL THE
GUARDS, AND TOLD THE YOUNG KING THE WHOLE STORY. HE SAID, "HOW
CAN YOU PROVE IT?" SO SHE ASKED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE DEER.
WHEN THE DEER SAW HER HE RUSHED RIGHT UP AND STARTED LICKING HER.
HE HAD BEEN MEAN TO EVERYONE ELSE SO THE KING KNEW SHE WAS TELLING
THE TRUTH. THE KING SENT OUT HIS SPIES TO CATCH THE OLD WITCH WHO
HAD ENCHANTED THE FOREST. THEY CAUGHT HER AND JUST BEFORE THEY
KILLED HER, HER IRON NOSE FELL OFF. AS SOON AS IT DID THE DEER
WAS CHANGED INTO A BOY AGAIN. THE KING DECIDED TO MARRY THE GIRL
AND THAT'S THE END OF THE STORY.

Submitter comment: MISS DAMIN'S HUNGARIAN GRANDMOTHER TOLD HER THIS TALE WHEN SHE
WAS A YOUNG GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNGARY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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THE AXEMAN

A GROUP OF THE INFORMANT'S FRIENDS WHEN IN HIGH SCHOOL USED TO
PASS THE BLOOMFIELD ESTATES CEMETERY ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL EVERY
MORNING. EACH MORNING IN THE CEMETERY WAS A MAN WHO CARRIED AN
AXE STANDING AT HIS WIFE'S GRAVE. THE GROUP OF TEENAGERS CALLED
HIM "CHARLIE THE AXEMAN." THEY USED TO TEASE HIM EVERY MORNING
UNTIL ONE DAY ONE OF THE FELLOWS FOUND THIS AXE WEDGED THROUGH
THE HOOD OF THE CAR. THERE WAS NO FURTHER TEASING AFTER THAT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM THIS GROUP OF FRIENDS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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BEAR-MAN LEGEND

THIS STORY CONCERNS THE NAMING OF A NEARBY CHEBOYGAN LAKE WHICH
IS NOW KNOWN AS DEVEREAUX LAKE. THE NAME IS A FAMILY NAME
BELONGING TO MANY NATIVES OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN, ESPECIALLY IN THE
CHEBOYGAN VICINITY. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT CERTAIN WHICH FAMILY IS
THE GENUINE DESCENDANT OF "OLD MAN DEVEREAUX," NUMEROUS PERSONS
CLAIM HIM AS THEIR ANCESTOR.
THIS SOUGHT AFTER PERSONAGE LIVED APPROXIMATELY SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS
AGO. TOWARDS THE END OF AN APPARENTLY LONG LIFE, HE LIVED ALONE
AND HAD THE FUNNY HABIT OF CARRYING AROUND WITH HIM AN UNLOADED
MUSKET. ONE DAY WHILE HE WAS PICKING BERRIES NEAR A LAKE, HE WAS
CONFRONTED BY A LARGE BEAR. IT IS NOT QUITE CLEAR WHAT ENSUED
(VERSIONS VARY), BUT THERE DID TAKE PLACE A TREMENDOUS HAND-TO-
HAND STRUGGLE, LASTING FOR A LONG TIME (ALSO VARIES). EVENTUALLY,
BOTH WORN OUT AND DEATHLY EXHAUSTED, THE OLD MAN LAY DOWN NEAR
THE WATER WHILE THE BEAR RETREATED TO A NEARBY KNOLL. THERE, IN
THEIR RESPECTIVE PLACES, THEY WENT TO MEET THEIR MAKER. AND SO
THEY NAMED THE BODY OF WATER AFTER THE OLD GENTLEMAN, DEVEREAUX
LAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHEBOYGAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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SKUNK MISTAKEN FOR CAT

MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS OWNED A FARM IN MASSACHUSETTS . THEY HAD AN
OLD MAN WORKING FOR THEM WHO WAS ALSO RENTING AN OLD CABIN MY
GREAT-GRANDFATHER HAD ON HIS LAND. ONE NIGHT THE OLD MAN CAME HOME
LATE FROM THE BAR AND AT HIS STEPS WAS WHAT HE THOUGHT TO BE MY
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS' CAT. THE OLD MAN PICKED UP THE ANIMAL AND
STARTED TO PET IT. WHEN HE GOT INSIDE THE CABIN HE LIT A MATCH TO
LIGHT THE LAMP. WHEN HE LIT THE MATCH HE SCARED THE SKUNK WHO LET
THE OLD MAN HAVE IT RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES. THE OLD MAN COULDN'T
SEE VERY WELL FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED

Submitter comment: THIS IS TOLD AS A TRUE STORY IN OUR FAMILY. IT CAN BE HEARD
ANYTIME THE OLDER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY GET TOGETHER AND START
TO TALK ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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CRAZY PROFESSOR

ONE OF THE OLDER ENGINEERING PROFESSORS WAS WELL KNOWN FOR PULLING
SURPRISE TESTS ON HIS CLASSES. ONE DAY A STUDENT DECIDED TO ASK THE
PROFESSOR IF HE WAS GOING TO GIVE A TEST THE NEXT DAY. THE PROFESSOR
RESPONDED BY SAYING THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE A TEST TOMORROW UNLESS
HE CAME INTO THE CLASSROOM THROUGH THE HOT AIR DUCT NEAR THE CEILING
ON THE FRONT WALL. EVERYONE CONGRATULATED THE STUDENT ON HIS IDEA AND
WENT HOME FEELING CONFIDENT THAT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE A TEST. THE NEXT
DAY THE STUDENTS WERE ALL IN THEIR SEATS AS THE BELL FOR CLASS RANG.
THE SCREEN COVERING THE AIR DUCT POPPED OPEN, OUT CAME THE PROFESSOR
TO THE AMAZEMENT OF ALL AND HE PROCEEDED TO PASS OUT THEIR TESTS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; POTTSVILLE

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

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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THE DRIVERLESS CAR

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT THIS YOUNG FELLA WHO WAS HITCH HIKING ON A
LONELY COUNTRY ROAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. IT WAS RAINING AND
COLD AND NO CARS HAD PASSED IN OVER AN HOUR. THE BOY LOOKED DOWN
THR ROAD AND SAW THE HEADLIGHTS OF AN APPROACHING CAR. THE CAR WAS
GOING REAL SLOW. IT WOULD STOP NOW AND THEN AND THEN START GOING
REAL SLOW. WHEN FINALLY THE CAR GOT TO THE BOY IT STOPPED. THE
BOY LOOKED IN AND SAW THAT THERE WAS NO ONE DRIVING. WELL IT WAS
RAINING AND COLD AND THE BOY WAS TIRED SO THE BOY GOT INSIDE THE CAR
THEN THE CAR STARTED TO GO REAL SLOW. THE BOY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO
MAKE OF IT BUT FIGURED IT WAS BETTER THAN BEING OUT IN THE COLD RAIN
SO HE SAID TO THE EMPTY DRIVER'S SEAT NEXT TO HIM, "DROP ME OFF AT
THE NEXT TOWN." THE CAR KEPT ON GOING REAL SLOW AND ABOUT AN HOUR
LATER CAME TO A TOWN AND STOPPED IN FRONT OF A HOTEL. THE BOY GOT
OUT OF THE CAR. ALL OF A SUDDEN A MAN ALL BEAT OUT AND SOAKING WET
CAME UP TO HIM OUT OF NO WHERE AND SAYS, "IT SURE IS A TERRIBLE NIGH
OUT." "IT SURE IS," SAID THE BOY. "YOU KNOW," SAYS THE MAN, "I RAN
OUT OF GAS AND I'VE BEEN PUSHING THIS CAR ALL THE WAY FROM THE LAST
TOWN BACK THERE." THE BOY JUST SMILED BACK AT THE MAN AND SAID AS H
TURNED AND WALKED AWAY, "THANKS FOR THE RIDE."

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): SURPRISE ENDING CARS DRIVING MYSTERY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 11-07-1968

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THE DOMINICAN, FRANCISCAN, AND THE JESUIT

A DOMINICAN, A FRANCISCAN, AND A JESUIT WERE WALKING IN HEAVEN AND
SAW THE HOLY FAMILY COMING.
"MARY" SAID THE DOMINICAN, "I'VE ALWAYS WORSHIPPED YOU, YOU ARE
MY IDOL."
"JOSEPH," SAID THE FRANCISCAN, "YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY IDOL."
THE JESUIT WAS A LITTLE TAKEN ABACK BY HIS COMPANIONS' DISPLAY
OF EMOTION. BUT HE DID ASK JOSEPH: "WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO SEND
YOUR KID TO SCHOOL?"

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM A FRIEND

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PRIESTLY ORDERS HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE CLEVER ONE

SHOLOM ALEICHEM, THE CELEBRATED YIDDISH WRITER, WAS
ONCE SEEN BY A FRIEND TALKING TO HIMSELF ON THE STREET.
"FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE," CRIED THE FRIEND, "DO YOU
REALIZE YOU'RE TALKING TO YOURSELF?" "AND WHAT IF I
DO?" RETORTED SHOLOM ALEICHEM. "WHEN AT LAST I'VE
FOUND A CLEVER PERSON TO TALK TO--DO YOU HAVE TO
BUTT IN?"

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FROM HER 94-YEAR-OLD GRANDFATHER, MR.
MENDELSOHN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 07-25-1964

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WIDOW MURPHY

THERE WAS A TERRIBLE CAVE-IN AT A MINING TOWN, IN WHICH
ONE MAN WAS KILLED. THE SURVIVING MINERS, ALL IRISH,
WERE PERPLEXED AS TO HOW THEY WOULD INFORM THE WIFE.
EVENTUALLY, PAT SUGGESTED THAT MIKE SHOULD PERSONALLY
GO TO THE MURPHY HOUSE AND BRING THE SAD NEWS TO
MRS. MURPHY. SO MIKE NERVOUSLY KNOCKED ON THE DOOR
AND WHEN THE WIFE ANSWERED, HE ASKED, "MAY I PLEASE
SPEAK TO WIDOW MURPHY?" MRS. MURPHY REPLIED, "BUT
THERE IS NO WIDOW MURPHY HERE." TO WHICH MIKE SAID
'DIPLOMATICALLY,' "THERE IS NOW!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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FISHING NUDE

ONE TIME, I WAS FISHING OFF THE TOP OF A ROCK IN THE
COLORADO RIVER. WELL, FISHING WAS NO GOOD ON THE
SIDE I WAS ON. SO, I JUMPED ACROSS, BUT I DIDN'T
MAKE IT TO THE OTHER SIDE, AND I FELL IN. FINALLY,
I GOT OUT AND UP ON THE SHORE, AND MY CLOTHES WERE
ALL WET. SO, I DECIDED TO TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF. I
PUT THEM ON A ROCK TO DRY. I DECIDED TO START
FISHING AGAIN WHILE THEY WERE DRYING. SO, I WAS
UP ON A ROCK WITHOUT MY CLOTHES WHEN A GAME WARDEN
CAME BY, AND HE ARRESTED ME FOR FISHING WITHOUT
A LICENSE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HIGH SCHOOL ; HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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FELLOW AT CONFESSION, TELLS PRIEST HE HAD INTERCOURSE
TEN TIMES LAST NIGHT. ADULTERY? NO, WIFE. WHY TELL
ME? WANTED TO TELL SOMEBODY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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CUSTOMERS TO TOPLESS WAITRESS, "A DOZEN OYSTERS,
PLEASE....ONE AT A TIME."

Data entry tech comment: TOPLESS WAITRESS, THAT IS, WITH NO CLOTHES OVER THE

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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A MAN'S STORY

A FATHER OF FOUR HAS BEEN GOING TO THE PSYCHIATRIST
DAILY. "NOTHING'S BOTHERING ME," HE EXPLAINED.
"BUT THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE I CAN LIE DOWN WITHOUT
BEING DISTURBED."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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PLIGHT OF A POOR NEGRO

LAST SUMMER, A NEGRO WAS TRAVELING THROUGH ALABAMA
DOING 35 MPH IN A 30 MPH ZONE. ONE OF THE LOCAL
RED-NECK STATE TROOPERS, SAW HIS CHANCE TO TORMENT THIS
POOR FELLOW. THE OFFICER SMASHED INTO HIS NEW CADILLAC
WITH THE OLD JALOPY HE WAS DRIVING, DRAGGED THE NEGRO
OUT OF THE CAR, AND BEAT HIM SEVERELY. AFTER RUBBING
DIRT AND GRAVEL INTO HIS WOUNDS, HE THREW HIM INTO
THE COUNTY JAIL. HERE THE NEGRO WAS LOCKED UP FOR A
YEAR, WAITING FOR HIS TRIAL TO COME UP. BEATINGS WERE
A DAILY OCCURENCE. FINALLY, HE WAS BROUGHT BEFORE
THE UNBIASED JUDGE. AFTER HEARING THE ARRESTING
OFFICER'S TESTIMONY, THE JUDGE FOUND THE NEGRO GUILTY
AND GAVE HIM ONE OF THREE CHOICES: A MILLION DOLLAR
FINE, LIFE IMPRISONMENT, OR A FIGHT TO THE DEATH
WITH THE TOWN PET. THE NEGRO BITTERLY DISPLEASED
WITH THE FIRST TWO CHOICES, DECIDED UPON THE LATTER.
THE JUDGE THEN INFORMED HIM THAT THE EVENT WOULD TAKE
PLACE SUNDAY, IN THE STADIUM.
SUNDAY ARRIVED MUCH TOO QUICKLY FOR THIS POOR FELLOW.
AFTER RECEIVING A FEW KICKS FROM THE JAILER AS A
DEPARTING GESTURE, HE WAS TAKEN TO THE STADIUM WHICH
WAS ALREADY FILLED WITH 60,000 PEOPLE. SHOUTS OF
"KILL THE NIGGER, KILL THE NIGGER," SHOOK THE VERY
FOUNDATION OF THE STADIUM. THE NEGRO WAS BROUGHT OUT
AND BURIED UP TO HIS NECK IN CEMENT. THEN TO THE SHEER
DELIGHT OF THE FANS, A LION WAS RELEASED ON THE PLAYING
FIELD. THE SHOUTS OF "KILL, KILL!" WERE GROWING LOUDER
AND LOUDER. THE LION MADE A VICIOUS PASS AT THE NEGRO,
WHO BY MOVING HIS HEAD TO THE LEFT AVOIDED ANY HARM.
NOW THE FANS WERE EVEN MORE FRANTIC; THEY LONGED FOR THE
SIGHT OF BLOOD. WILDLY, THEY BEGAN TO LITTER THE FIELD
WITH BOTTLES AND OTHER DEBRIS. THE REFUSE WAS PILED
THREE FEET HIGH ALL AROUND THE STADIUM. AT ONE END OF
THE FIELD SOME FRANTIC ALABAMIANS HAD SCALED
THE BARB(ED) WIRE FENCE AND WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE
OF THE VICTIM THEMSELVES. SOME OF THE STATE TROOPERS
ARMED WITH TOMMYGUNS HAD TO WING A FEW OF THESE AVID
SPECTATORS SO THEY WOULDN'T RUIN THE SPECTACLE. THE
LION MADE A SECOND CHARGE, THE NEGRO LUCKILY SWAYED
HIS HEAD TO THE RIGHT AND THE LION MISSED AGAIN.
BLINDED BY ITS OWN FURY, IT MADE A THIRD PASS.
THE EXCITEMENT OF THE FANS WAS REACHING FEVER PITCH.
WITH ONE QUICK BITE, THE NEGRO RIPPED INTO THE
MIDSECTION OF THE LION RIPPING OUT HIS INTESTINES.
SUDDENLY, THE 60,000 SPECTATORS WERE HUSHED. A LONE
VOICE WAS HEARD BREAKING THE SILENCE, "FIGHT FAIR
NIGGER, FIGHT FAIR!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
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FAITH HEALER STORY

A FAITH HEALER WAS PREACHING TO AN ASSEMBLED CROWD IN
A TENT. HE ASKED IF ANYONE AFFLICTED WOULD COME FORWARD.
SO ONE OF THE CROWD, A MAN ON CRUTCHES, CAME TO THE
PLATFORM. THE FAITH HEALER ASKED HIM HIS NAME, WHICH
WAS WALLY. THE PREACHER SAID, "GO BEHIND THE SCREEN,
WALLY." WALLY HOBBLED BEHIND THE SCREEN ON HIS
CRUTCHES. THE FAITH HEALER THEN ASKED IF THERE WAS
ANYONE ELSE AND ANOTHER MAN CAME FORWARD. "WHAT IS
YOUR NAME?" ASKED THE HEALER. "MY NAME IS RA-RA-RON-
RONALD," THE MAN REPLIED AND WAS SENT BEHIND THE
SCREEN. THE FAITH HEALER PRAYED AND SAID TO WALLY:
"OK, WALLY, THROW YOUR CRUTCHES OVER THE SCREEN."
THEN HE SAID TO RONALD, "RONALD, SAY SOMETHING."
BUT THERE WAS NO REPLY. THE FAITH HEALER REPEATED:
"RONALD, SAY SOMETHING." RONALD REPLIED, "WA, WA,
WAL, WALLY FE, FE, FELL DA, DA, DOWN."

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 11-18-1967

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THE INITIATION

AS A FRATERNITY INITIATION, A YOUNG MAN WAS TAKEN
TO A DAMP CELLAR, BLINDFOLDED, PUT THROUGH SEVERAL
HUMILIATING EXPERIENCES AND AS A FINALE WAS TOLD HIS
WRIST WOULD BE SLIT SO THAT HE COULD SHED SOME OF
HIS BLOOD FOR THE BROTHERHOOD. STILL BLINDFOLDED,
THE BLUNT EDGE OF A VERY COLD SPOON WAS PRESSED
AGAINST HIS WRIST. AT THE SAME TIME, WATER WAS
DROPPED INTO A BUCKET AT HIS FEET. THE BOY BECAME
SO FRIGHTENED, THAT HE DIED.

Submitter comment: I CANNOT RECALL THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TALE

A JEWISH PROPRIETOR IS LAYING ON HIS DEATH BED AND
HIS WIFE, SONS, DAUGHTERS, GRANDCHILDREN ALL COME
IN TO SEE HIM. HE TALKS TO THEM FOR A WHILE WEAKLY,
BUT THEN HE REALIZES THAT HIS WHOLE FAMILY IS THERE
BY HIS SIDE. HE SITS UP SUDDENLY AND SAYS, "SO,
WHO'S MINDING THE STORE?"

Submitter comment: HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 09-25-1965

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A LAWYER ASKING HIS OLD CLIENT WHICH OF THE TWO PREVIOUSLY
MENTIONED CEMETERIES HE WOULD LIKE TO BE BURIED IN. THE
CLIENT REPLIED, "LET THEM SURPRISE ME."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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