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IF SOMEONE HAS MORE THAN I DO, ITS ALRIGHT FOR ME TO STEAL FROM HIM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE THIEVE OF NAPLES, AND IS ACTUALLY
PRACTICED.

James Callow comment: THIEF THIEVES

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Common law
BELIEF -- Common law

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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CRIMINAL BELIEF

THIS PERSON RECALLS BELIEVING THAT A CRIMINAL ALWAYS RETURNS TO
THE SCENE OF THE CRIME. HE RECALLS FAITHFULLY
WATCHING FOR THE CULPRIT WHO STOLE HIS FAVORITE TOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Common law
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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KICKING A CAN

IF A KID FROM ALABAMA WAS ABLE TO KICK A CAN, STICK OR ANY OTHER
ABANDON(ED) OBJECT
FROM HIS FRONT YARD TO THE STORE OR ANY WHERE ELSE HIS
MOTHER OR FATHER WAS SENDING HIM THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO THAT KID
WOULD NOT HAVE TO GO AGAIN THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: SAID BY BLACKS IN ALABAMA.
I CAN REMEMBER KICKING A TIN-CAN TO THE STORE IN ALABAMA BUT AT THE
TIME I DID NOT KNOW WHAT IT MEANT; HOWEVER, MOST OF THE KIDS WOULD
EITHER KICK AN OBJECT THERE AND BACK OR CARRY A STICK ABOUT THEIR OWN
HEIGHT TO THE STORE AND BACK IN THE AREA WHERE I LIVED.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Common law
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Common law
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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CRIMINAL BELIEF

A CRIMINAL ALWAYS RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF HIS CRIME.

Submitter comment:

THIS PERSON RECALLS BELIEVING THIS AS A CHILD, AND FAITHFULLY
WATCHING FOR THE CULPRIT WHEN A FAVORITE TOY WAS STOLEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.
 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITIVE DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Common law
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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CUSTOM AND BELIEF

IN SOME SECTS OF THE JEWISH RELIGION, MILK AND MEAT ARE NOT
PREPARED OR EATEN TOGETHER. THIS STEMS FROM THE BELIEF THAT
ONE SHOULD AVOID THE POSSIBILITIES OF COOKING A CALF IN ITS
MOTHER'S MILK.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Common law

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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