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SIGNATURES

YOURS TILL THE UNITED STATES DRINKS CANADA DRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN. CANADA DRY II BRAND OF SOFT DRINK.

Subject headings: Z210

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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BELIEF, GHOST OF TECUMSEH ROAD

IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GHOST THAT
ROAMS TECUMSEH ROAD, IT HAD NO HEAD, AND CARRIES A SICKLE
FROM WHICH BLOOD IS DRIPPING. ONE WITNESS SAYS THAT EVERYTIME
HE SEES THE GHOST, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY DIES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD ON RADIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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BUTTER

ON THE INFORMANT'S FARM IN MANITOBA EXCESS BUTTER WAS USED TO
GREASE AND LUBRICATE THE MACHINERY. IT WAS FOUND TO BE SUPERIOR
TO OIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Animal product Butter

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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FELON

PUT WARM HOLY OIL ON A FALLON TO OPEN IT UP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED HOLY OIL FROM ST. ANNE DE BEAUPRE TO OPEN A FALLON
ON HER FINGER.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS BELIEF ; SHRINE IN QUEBEC, CANADA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IN ORDER TO GET THE FRUIT, YOU HAVE TO CLIMB THE TREE.

Submitter comment: (YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD FOR WHAT YOU GET.) MARILOU'S INFORMANT WAS HE
GRANDMOTHER BRIDGET O'CONNOR, 81, WIDOWED, IRISH FROM LONDON,
ONTARIO.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR ; OBSERVATION ; PARALLELISM

James Callow Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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LEGEND

MY FATHER (MR. KELLY) HAD A RACE HORSE THAT HE USED TO
PRACTICE EVERY NIGHT. ONE NIGHT AS HE WAS COMING HOME
AT DUSK, A MAN POPPED UP NEXT TO HIM, ON THE ROAD.
MY FATHER SAID, "HELLO, HOW ARE YOU," AND "WHAT DO YOU
WANT" BUT THE MAN NEVER ANSWERED. HE JUST KEPT WALKING
ALONG SIDE. HIS FACE COULDN'T BE SEEN FOR HE WALKED
SIDEWAYS. SUDDENLY, HE DISAPPEARED. WHEN MY FATHER GOT
HOME, HE WAS PALE AND HAD A HEADACHE. TWO DAYS LATER
THE HORSE DIED. THIS HAD BEEN A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CLAIMS THIS TO BE TRUE. IT HAPPENED IN
BUCKINGHAM, QUEBEC {CANADA} ABOUT 50-60 YEARS AGO.
INFORMANT CLAIMS THAT THIS HAPPENED IN BUCKINGHAM , QUEBEC 50-60 YRS
AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-24-1972

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LEGEND

ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO, MY AUNT AND UNCLE, MARY AND PAT KELLY,
OWNED A HOME ON A HILL ABOUT THREE MILES OUT OF MASSON, QUE-
BEC {CANADA}. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL LIVED A FAMILY
BY THE NAME OF ROBETAILLE. EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
NIGHTS, THE ROBETAILLES GAVE A SQUARE DANCE FOR THE
COMMUNITY. THE WHOLE FAMILY PLAYED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
WHEN THE LAST ROBETAILLE DIED, JOE "THE FIDDLER" THE DAY
AFTER HIS FUNERAL MARY KELLY HEARD MUSIC COMING FROM THE
ROBETAILLE HOUSE. SHE WENT AND GOT PAT KELLY AND HE
HEARD THE MUSIC ALSO. EVERYONE ON THE STREET HEARD THE
MUSIC, SO THEY WENT AND GOT THEIR PARISH PRIEST, FR.
ROTHIER. HE LISTENED AND HEARD THE MUSIC ALSO. HE SAID
IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT IT WAS THEIR SPIRITS PLAYING AND
THAT IT WAS A SIGN BECAUSE THEY HAD HELPED THE YOUNG
PEOPLE OF THE TOWN WITH THEIR MUSIC. THIS CONTINUED
EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. THE HOUSE WAS PUT UP
FOR SALE BUT NO ONE WOULD BUY IT, SO IT WAS TORN DOWN.
ONCE AFTER IT HAD BEEN TORN DOWN, THEY HEARD THE FIDDLE
PLAYING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CLAIMS THAT THIS IS TRUE FOR WHEN THEY WERE
ALIVE, SHE HEARD THE ROBETAILLES PLAY.
SOUNDS OF SQUARE DANCE MUSIC HEARD FROM HOUSE AND ITS SITE EVEN AFTER
LAST FIDDLER DIES.
KELLY AND ROBETAILLE FAMILIES, NEAR MASSON, QUEBEC, FATHER ROTHIER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-24-1972

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LEGEND

MY FATHER (MR. KELLY) HAD A RACE HORSE THAT HE USED TO
PRACTICE EVERY NIGHT. ONE NIGHT AS HE WAS COMING HOME
AT DUSK, A MAN POPPED UP NEXT TO HIM, ON THE ROAD.
MY FATHER SAID, "HELLO, HOW ARE YOU," AND "WHAT DO YOU
WANT" BUT THE MAN NEVER ANSWERED. HE JUST KEPT WALKING
ALONG SIDE. HIS FACE COULDN'T BE SEEN FOR HE WALKED
SIDEWAYS. SUDDENLY, HE DISAPPEARED. WHEN MY FATHER GOT
HOME, HE WAS PALE AND HAD A HEADACHE. TWO DAYS LATER
THE HORSE DIED. THIS HAD BEEN A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CLAIMS THIS TO BE TRUE. IT HAPPENED IN
BUCKINGHAM, QUEBEC {CANADA} ABOUT 50-60 YEARS AGO.
INFORMANT CLAIMS THAT THIS HAPPENED IN BUCKINGHAM , QUEBEC 50-60 YRS
AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-24-1972

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LEGEND

ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO, MY AUNT AND UNCLE, MARY AND PAT KELLY,
OWNED A HOME ON A HILL ABOUT THREE MILES OUT OF MASSON, QUE-
BEC {CANADA}. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL LIVED A FAMILY
BY THE NAME OF ROBETAILLE. EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
NIGHTS, THE ROBETAILLES GAVE A SQUARE DANCE FOR THE
COMMUNITY. THE WHOLE FAMILY PLAYED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
WHEN THE LAST ROBETAILLE DIED, JOE "THE FIDDLER" THE DAY
AFTER HIS FUNERAL MARY KELLY HEARD MUSIC COMING FROM THE
ROBETAILLE HOUSE. SHE WENT AND GOT PAT KELLY AND HE
HEARD THE MUSIC ALSO. EVERYONE ON THE STREET HEARD THE
MUSIC, SO THEY WENT AND GOT THEIR PARISH PRIEST, FR.
ROTHIER. HE LISTENED AND HEARD THE MUSIC ALSO. HE SAID
IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT IT WAS THEIR SPIRITS PLAYING AND
THAT IT WAS A SIGN BECAUSE THEY HAD HELPED THE YOUNG
PEOPLE OF THE TOWN WITH THEIR MUSIC. THIS CONTINUED
EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. THE HOUSE WAS PUT UP
FOR SALE BUT NO ONE WOULD BUY IT, SO IT WAS TORN DOWN.
ONCE AFTER IT HAD BEEN TORN DOWN, THEY HEARD THE FIDDLE
PLAYING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CLAIMS THAT THIS IS TRUE FOR WHEN THEY WERE
ALIVE, SHE HEARD THE ROBETAILLES PLAY.
SOUNDS OF SQUARE DANCE MUSIC HEARD FROM HOUSE AND ITS SITE EVEN AFTER
LAST FIDDLER DIES.
KELLY AND ROBETAILLE FAMILIES, NEAR MASSON, QUEBEC, FATHER ROTHIER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-24-1972

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BELIEF, GHOST OF TECUMSEH ROAD

IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GHOST THAT
ROAMS AROUND TECUMSEH ROAD,
HE IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE NO HEAD, AND CARRIES
A SICKLE FROM WHICH BLOOD IS DRIPPING. ONE WITNESS SAYS THAT
EVERYTIME HE SEES THE GHOST, SOMEONE IN HIS FAMILY (NOT NECESSARILY
IMMEDIATE FAMILY) DIES.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE RADIO.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Windsor is in Canada

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAKEWOOD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CANADA ; GHOST ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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