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CHILDREN'S RHYME

ROOSEVELT'S IN THE WHITEHOUSE
EATING AT THE TABLE;
LANDON'S IN THE POORHOUSE,
CLEANING OUT THE STABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALFRED LANDON, WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT AND LOST. ; FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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KENTUCKY BEAR

THERE WAS A MOTHER AND FATHER IN KENTUCKY WHOSE THREE-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER CAME UP MISSING ONE DAY. SHE WAS SEARCHED FOR FOR FOUR DAYS
AND NOT FOUND. ON THE FOURTH DAY A MAN CAME TO HER HOUSE AND TOLD HER
PARENTS THAT HE WOULD SHOW THEM WHERE THEIR DAUGHTER WAS IF THEY
WOULD GIVE HIM A MEAL. THEY FED HIM AND AFTERWARD HE LED THEM INTO
THE WOODS. THE GIRL WAS FOUND NEAR A LOG WHERE A BEAR WAS BRINGING
HER FOOD. THE GIRL SAID THAT THE BEAR HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER AND
FEEDING HER. NOT KNOWING ANY BETTER THE GIRL THOUGHT THE BEAR WAS A
DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): DAUGHTER ; MISTAKEN IDENITY (BEAR THOUGHT TO BE A DOG) ; TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE--STRANGER GIVEN MEAL FOR SHOWING PLACE OF LOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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THE GHOST LOOKING FOR HER GRAVE

THERE IS JEWISH CEMETERY BY MY HOUSE THAT WAS MOVED YEARS
AGO SO THAT A NEW HIGHWAY COULD BE BUILT. THEY DUG EVEYTHING UP
AND MOVED IT ABOUT A MILE BACK. THE HIGHWAY WAS BUILT AS
PLANNED. AFTER THE HIGHWAY WAS BUILT, MANY PEOPLE
BEGAN TO SEE THE IMAGE OF A YOUNG WOMAN WALKING THE HIGHWAY.
THIS SAME WOMAN WAS ALSO SEEN WALKING AROUND WHERE THE GRAVE
NOW IS. IT WAS SAID THAT THE YOUNG WOMAN MUST HAVE BEEN
BURIED IN THE CEMETERY AND LOST HER GRAVE WHEN THEY
MOVED THE CEMETERY. SHE NOW WANDERS AROUND LOOKING FOR
HER GRAVE.

Submitter comment: HE SAID THAT THE STORY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME
AND THAT A CLOSE FRIEND OF HIS HAS EVEN SEEN THE GHOST.

Where learned: ILLINOIS

Keyword(s): LOST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1972 ; 10-00-1987

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Custom: Animal

Hunter's and Woodsman's Belief:

Although there is an open season on them all year a Good Sportsmen or Hunter will never shoot a porcupine. This is because if a person was ever lost in the woods without any food or a gun a porcupine can be easily killed with a stick or a club and the meat is very nutritious.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Club ; FOOD ; Gun ; Hunt ; LOST ; Porcupine ; Survival ; Woods

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

An Old Saying:

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers.

Submitter comment:

It is not certain just when, or from whom my grandmother first heard this little saying; although, since it seems to be a typically American little adage, I'm quite certain that she did not hear it before she came to this country in 1910.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The contribution stamp date has been changed from [January 1964] to [May 1965].

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

KW:EZX

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Common Law ; Cry ; Discover ; Find ; Lose ; Loss ; LOST ; Ownership ; Weep

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

He who hesitates is lost.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Hesitate ; Lose ; LOST ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

He who hesitates is lost.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Hesitate ; LOST ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Wait

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Submitter comment:

Learned from her mother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Loss ; LOST ; LOVE ; Loved ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

It is better to have loved and lost, than not to have loved at all.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Loss ; LOST ; LOVE ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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THE RESPONDENT'S AUNT HAS A FISH SHAPED MOLE ON THE
RIGHT SIDE OF HER FACE, SUPPOSEDLY THERE BECAUSE HER
MOTHER, WHILE PREGNANT WITH HER, LOST A FISH OFF HER
HOOK, AND SLAPPED HER OWN CHEEK IN DISGUST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; Caught ; Cheek ; FACE ; FISH ; HOOK ; LOST ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Slapped

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHEN I WAS A VERY SMALL CHILD MY MOTHER TOLD ME TO SAY A
PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY WHENEVER I LOST ANYTHING AND THAT HE
WOULD SOON DIRECT ME TO THE PLACE WHERE THE OBJECT LAY HIDDEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Found ; Hidden ; LOST ; Patron ; St. Anthony

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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TO RECOVER A LOST OBJECT, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AT NIGHT JUST
BEFORE SLEEP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Find ; Found ; LOST ; Object ; Pray ; PRAYER ; Recover ; Saint ; Saint Anthony ; SLEEP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

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