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LEPRECHAUNS

IF YOU ARE POOR, HONEST AND GOOD, THE LITTLE PEOPLE WILL COME
AND HELP YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): POVERTY VIRTUE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 01-20-1970

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ONCE A PAUPER, ALWAYS A PAUPER

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS GREEK TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): "NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS." ; CYNICISM ; POVERTY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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A POLISH PROVERB

CHUDA FARA SAM PLEBAN DZVANI (SP?) (POLISH)
THE PARISH IS POOR- THE PASTOR HIMSELF RINGS THE BELL.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS THIS PROVERB FROM POLAND

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POVERTY ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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POVERTY

GOT Y JAK SIVIETY TURECKI.
HE'S BARE LIKE A TURKISH.
SAINT:.

Submitter comment: USED IN REFERENCE TO ANYONE WHO IS EXTREMELY POOR.
I LEARNED THIS FROM MY MOTHER WHO OFTEN USES IT.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): POVERTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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IF WISHES WERE HORSES BEGGARS WOULD RIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POOR POVERTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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SWEEP THE KITCHEN FLOOR AFTER SUPPER AND MANY BELIEVE
YOU WILL BE POOR ALL YOUR LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POVERTY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Foundation Floor
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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TOO POOR TO PAY ATTENTION

Keyword(s): POVERTY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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Ethnic Joke: The Height of Ingratitude

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

A poor decrepit Irishman, with a large family, was out of work and broke. He needed $50 very badly. He applied to his priest who advised him to search for work and pray, and he would find it. A week went by without results so the Irishman decided to appeal to the Lord directly. He wrote a stirring tearful letter asking for $50. he addresses the letter to the Lord God in care of Heaven, and mailed it, but did not put a stamp on it.

The postman, thinking it was only a child's letter, opened it and after reading same [sic] was deeply touched by the appeal. That night he took the letter with him to the Masonic Lodge meeting and brought it to the attention of the lodge in session. They promptly voted him $25, and they sent it to the Irishman.

A few days later the postman found another letter similar to the one addressed without a stamp. He opened it and read: Dear God, Thanks for the money, but please - next time send it by way of the Knights of Columbus because the goddamned Masons stole half of it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word IRISH is written in the top left corner of the submission.

Submission card located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARITY ; GIFT MONEY ; HUMOR ; INGRATITUDE ; Irish ; IRISHMEN ; Knights of Columbus ; Masons ; MONEY ; POVERTY ; Stereotype ; STUPIDITY

James Callow Keyword(s): Irish

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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Ethnic: Hungarian

Hungarian Wedding:

The informant recalls that on her wedding day, when she returned to her new mother-in-law's home, she was greeted by the mother and asked to recite the "Our Father." When she came to the part "Give us this day our daily bread..." the mother handed her a loaf of bread saying  "no matter how poor you may become, always remember that you will still have a loaf of bread." This is a common Hungarian Custom.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FAMILY ; FOOD ; HUNGARIAN ; MARRIAGE ; POVERTY ; PRAYER ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Proverb

Poor as a churchmouse

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Churchmouse ; Destitute ; Mouse ; Poor ; POVERTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

Poor as a church mouse

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): CHURCH ; Churchmouse ; Destitute ; Mouse ; Poor ; POVERTY ; SIMILE ; WEALTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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