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House-Demons

By a clean river, there grew oak trees from centuries before. Not far from there lived a Samogitian of many years. Together with im lived his beautiful and larg efamily. Their barns were full of cattle, the corn overflowed into the storehouse. No farmer, happier or richer than him, was around.

The other farmers, jealous of his success, started talking about him, that a house demon brought him all his riches. Many said that they saw the demons flying around the house.

The people's council, hearing such talk from the neighbors, sent an inspector over to the farmer's house; they ordered him to forbid the farmer, to tell him to finally learn to live with the other people.

the inspector, showing up at the farmer's house, told him directly that yhe should be ashamed to keep a demon in his house and that he should do only what is good for his neighbors.

the Samogitian only laughed at him. Still laughung he told the inspector that not a single of his demons has yet done wrong to any of his neighbors. Then the inspector told him to show him his demons. With that,. the farmer led the inspector by hand to his barn where all his farming tools stood.

-These- said the farmer, -are my demons that do good for me and my neighbors.-

Submitter comment:

Translated from Lithuanian by Ramune Stonys

An asterisk denotes a message for the word Samogalia, and explains that: Lithuania is divided into different regions. Samogalia is one region, located in Northern Lithuania.

On tha back of the card is an address for the translator:

R. Stonys

17276 Milton

Southfield, MI 48075

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Grammatical correction: Leave to Live.

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Demon ; Demons ; DISCIPLINE ; FARMER ; FARMING ; HARD WORK ; House ; Moral ; Neighbors ; Parable ; Relationships ; SELF DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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Yellow Ribbon

This is a story about John and Jane. They lived next door to each other, went to school together, and loved each other very much. John was a normal happy boy and Jane was a happy girl who always wore a yellow ribbon . Jane kept answering "perhaps some day I'll tell you."

Time went by, and John and Jane were engaged. Jane told John she would tell him about the ribbon on their wedding day. On their wedding day, they forgot about the yellow ribbon. Next day, however, John asked why she wore it again. She replied that they were happily married so what difference does it make?

Time went by and it was their golden anniversary and John asked about the ribbon again. Jane asked him to wait a little longer since he has waited so long already. Finally, Jane became very ill and was dying. John asked again to please tell him why she wore the yellow ribbon.

"All right," said Jane. "You can untie it." So John untied the yellow ribbon and Jane's head fell off.

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James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Numbers [B600 B642] are crossed outand B667.1 is substituted.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): Anniversary ; BEHEADING ; BODY ; CURIOSITY ; Curious ; DEATH ; DECAPITATION ; DYING ; HEAD ; LOVE ; MARRIAGE ; Neighbors ; SECRET ; Yellow Ribbon

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

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Language: Rhyme

STOP MAKING LOVE AT (NAME'S) GATE,
LOVE IS BLIND, BUT NEIGHBORS AIN'T.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Allusion ; BLIND ; Gate ; Neighbor ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Public ; PUN ; RHYME ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): AA ; HUMOR ; PLAY ON PROVERB ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Joke

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Doll Joke:

Negro Doll: Wind it up and it moves into your neighborhood.

Submitter comment:

From his friend, Brian.

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Motifs Added By TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Doll ; JOKE ; NEGRO ; Neighborhood ; RACISM ; Racist ; Slur ; Tasteless ; Wind-up

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
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HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN YOUR DRIVING THROUGH A POLISH
NEIGHBORHOOD?
THE TOILET PAPER IS ON THE CLOTHSLINE DRYING.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC SLUR ; JOKE ; Neighborhood ; POLISH ; Toilet Paper

Subject headings: --
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 04-00-1972

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