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THERE WAS A YOUNG FELLOW NAMED WIER,
WHO HADN'T AN ATOM OF FEAR.
HE INDULGED A DESIRE,
TO TOUCH A LIVE WIRE.
(MOST ANY LAST LINE WILL DO HERE.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION AND GENRE ; HUMOR LIMERICK ; INDIRECTION ; METER: IAMBIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBA ; STRUCTURE, PATTERN AND FORM ; SUBJECT SOUND RHYME: ; TONE AND POINT OF VIEW

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

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THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN FROM THE CITY,
WHO MET WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A KITTY.
HE GAVE IT A PAT
AND SAID, "NICE LITTLE CAT!"
THEY BURIED HIS CLOTHES OUT OF PITY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FUNCTION AND GENRE: LIMERICK ; HUMOR ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ANTICLIMAX QUINTAIN ; RHYME: AABBA, FEMININE ; SKUNK ; SOUND: DACTYLIC TETRAMETER ; SUBJECT: ACCIDENTS, ANIMALS ; UNDERSTATEMENT IRONY

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

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LEGENDS OF ROGUES' HOLLOW

ROGUES' HOLLOW IS A SMALL, ISOLATED AREA OF LAND LOCATED ABOUT
TWO MILES SOUTH OF DOYLESTOWN, OHIO, WHICH HAS A GREAT DEAL OF OLD
RUMORS AND LEGENDS ABOUT IT. THE FEW LISTED HERE ARE ALL THAT I
REMEMBER HEARING, BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING ELSE
ABOUT IT WHICH PEOPLE DECLARE TO BE TRUE ALSO. AS FAR AS I KNOW,
NONE OF THESE LEGENDS HAVE BEEN PROVEN OR DISPROVEN.
1--JESSE JAMES WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE HIDDEN OUT IN THE CAVES AT
ONE TIME
2--A MAN WHO WORKED IN A MILL IN ROGUES' HOLLOW WAS SUPPOSED
TO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN THE WATER WHEEL AND KILLED INSTANTLY. EVER
SINCE, HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE HAUNTED THE MILL. EVENTUALLY IT WAS
BURNED DOWN (FACT), AND THIS IS ALSO ATTRIBUTED TO THE GHOST. ONE
VERSION SAYS THAT HE DID THIS BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS GOING TO BUY IT.
3--IF YOU STAND IN A CERTAIN PLACE AT MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN HEAR
THE SOUND OF A BABY CRYING.
4--IF YOU STAND NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS AT MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN
HEAR THE SOUND OF A TRAIN COMING DOWN THE TRACK, THOUGH THERE IS NO
TRAIN,
5--AN OLD BEARDED HERMIT, OR HIS GHOST, LIVES IN THE COAL MINES
AND WILL TRY TO KILL ANY TRESPASSERS WITH HIS PICK.
6-- MANY MINERS WERE ONCE KILLED IN A CAVE-IN, AND THEIR GHOSTS
STILL WORK THERE TODAY.

Submitter comment: ROGUES' HOLLOW IS A POPULAR PLACE FOR FAMILIES AND SIGHTSEERS
ON SUNDAYS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING COLOR, BUT
DURING THE WEEK, TEENAGERS MAKE UP THE BIGGEST PART OF THE CROWD.
GROUPS OF BOYS, OR BOY-GIRL GROUPS ARE THERE DAY AND NIGHT EXPLORING
THE MINES AND HOPING TO SEE SOMETHING SUPERNATURAL.
A GREAT MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DO SEEM TO BELIEVE AT LEAST A FEW OF
THE SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT ROGUES' HOLLOW, AND SOME CLAIM TO HAVE WIT-
NESSED THEM EITHER FIRST-HAND OR VICARIOUSLY. THE TWO BELIEFS ABOUT
THE BABY AND THE TRAIN SEEM TO BE THE ONES BEST KNOWN, AS WELL AS
THE ONES MOST BELIEVED.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SOUNDS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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GORE ORPHANAGE

GORE ORPHANAGE BURNED DOWN IN THE 1920s AND ALL THE CHILDREN
DIED. YOU CAN GO TO THE SITE ON THE ANNIVERSARY AND HEAR THE
CHILDREN CRY.
 

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMER KNOWS SOMEONE WHO SAID HE HEARD THE CRYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NOISE SOUND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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OMEN

MY MOTHER SAID, HER MOTHER TOLD HER, THAT WHENEVER SHE THOUGHT SHE
HEARD SOMEONE KNOCKING AT THE DOOR AND THERE WAS NO ONE THERE, IT WAS
A SIGN OF SOMEONE DEAD COMING TO GET YOU. MY GRANDMOTHER SAID THE
YET" AND THE DEAD PERSON WILL RETURN TO HIS GRAVE.

James Callow comment: A LINE OF TEXT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN LOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SOUND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-24-1972

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BELIEF OR PREDICTION

YOU CAN DETERMINE THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE BY COUNTING THE NUMBER
OF TIMES A CRICKET RUBS HIS FOOT IN A MINUTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT ; WHICH RUBBING PRODUCES CHIRPING SOUND.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.3

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THE DEAD RETURN

YEARS AGO OUTSIDE OF MONROE THERE WAS A GUY KILLE.D ON A MOTORCYCLE
TO THIS DAY WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AT NIGHT YOU CAN
SOMETIMES SEE A MYSTERIOUS LIGHT THAT MOVES IN THE DISTANCE. THE
LIGHT IS DEEP IN THE WOODS AND ALNG WITH IT IS THE SOUND OF A
RUNNING MOTORCYCLE. IT HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED AND CANNOT BE
EXPLAINED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS ; MYSTERIOUS SOUND

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
BELIEF -- Fire

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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WHAT IS THE SMARTEST DUCK IN SCHOOL?
WISE QUACKER

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL SOUND

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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LITTLE TEDDY BEAR SONG

MY LITTLE TEDDY BEAR
SITTING IN HIS ROCKING CHAIR,
HE FELL DOWN AND HE BUMPED HIS HEAD.
WOOF WOOF WOOF MY TEDDY SAID.

Where learned: CAMP DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL SOUND ; TOY TEDDY BEAR

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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MARK TOLD ME ABOUT THE BELIEF THAT IF YOU DRIVE DOWN
PARKLAND STREET IN DEARBORN HEIGHTS AT A CERTAIN SPEED
WITH YOUR WINDOWS ROLLED DOWN, YOU WILL HEAR THE SCREAMS
AND POUNDING OF SOMEONE WHO WAS ONCE RUN OVER ON THAT STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SOUNDS, NOISES

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

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I HEARD THE STORY FROM SOMEWHERE, I DON'T RECALL WHERE, ABOUT
THE GIRL WHO WAS RUN OVER BY A TRUCK ON THE STREET CALLED
STRASBURG IN DETROIT. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THAT STREET
HAS BEEN RESURFACED YOU CAN STILL HEAR THE GIRL POUNDING
UNDERNEATH YOUR CAR AS YOU DRIVE DOWN THAT STREET BECAUSE
WHEN SHE WAS RUN OVER SHE WAS TRAPPED BENEATH THE TRUCK AND
WITNESSES SAW HER POUNDING AND SCREAMING UNDERNEATH THE TRUCK
AS THE TRUCK DRAGGED HER DOWN THE STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOSTLY SOUNDS FROM SCENE OF ACCIDENT

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

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THE DEAD RETURN

YEARS AGO OUTSIDE OF MONROE THERE WAS A GUY KILLED ON A MOTORCYCLE. TO THIS DAY WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AT NIGHT YOU CAN SOMETIMES SEE A MYSTERIOUS LIGHT THAT MOVES IN THE DISTANCE. THE LIGHT IS DEEP IN THE WOODS AND ALONG WITH IT IS THE SOUND OF A RUNNING MOTORCYCLE. IT HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED AND CAN'T BE EXPLAINED.

Data entry tech comment:

MONROE IS IN SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; MONROE ; North Quad 408

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS ; MYSTERIOUS SOUND

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Fire

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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GURGLING GHOST

DURING THE PROHIBITION DAY A MAN WAS FOUND IN THE
OUTSIDE JOHN WITH HIS THROAT SLIT. ALL THE OWNERS OF
THE HOME, EXCEPT FOR THE PRESENT OCCUPANTS, CLAIM
THEY HEARD A STRANGE GURGLING SOUND, LIKE A MAN
WHO HAD HIS THROAT CUT TRYING TO TALK.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): GHOSTLIKE SOUNDS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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THROAT CUT

IN A PREDOMINENTLY ITALIAN NEIGHBORHOOD THERE IS A
HOUSE WHERE NOONE WILL LIVE. WHEN THE MAFIA WAS VERY
ACTIVE IN THIS PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD, THERE WAS A
MURDER. A MAN WENT OUT TO HIS OUTSIDE TOILET AND
WAS FOUND THERE WITH HIS THROAT CUT.
EVER SINCE THEN, PEOPLE WHO MOVED INTO THE HOUSE
WOULD HEAR A GURGLING SOUND OUT IN THE OUTHOUSE,
JUST AS IF A THROAT HAD BEEN CUT.
NO ONE EVER DID FIND THE MURDERER.

Submitter comment: THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE INFORMANT'S NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): GHOSTLIKE SOUNDS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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GURGLING GHOST

DURING THE PROHIBITION DAY A MAN WAS FOUND IN THE
OUTSIDE JOHN WITH HIS THROAT SLIT. ALL THE OWNERS OF
THE HOME, EXCEPT FOR THE PRESENT OCCUPANTS, CLAIM
THEY HEARD A STRANGE GURGLING SOUND, LIKE A MAN
WHO HAD HIS THROAT CUT TRYING TO TALK.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): GHOSTLIKE SOUNDS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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THROAT CUT

IN A PREDOMINENTLY ITALIAN NEIGHBORHOOD THERE IS A
HOUSE WHERE NOONE WILL LIVE. WHEN THE MAFIA WAS VERY
ACTIVE IN THIS PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD, THERE WAS A
MURDER. A MAN WENT OUT TO HIS OUTSIDE TOILET AND
WAS FOUND THERE WITH HIS THROAT CUT.
EVER SINCE THEN, PEOPLE WHO MOVED INTO THE HOUSE
WOULD HEAR A GURGLING SOUND OUT IN THE OUTHOUSE,
JUST AS IF A THROAT HAD BEEN CUT.
NO ONE EVER DID FIND THE MURDERER.

Submitter comment: THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE INFORMANT'S NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): GHOSTLIKE SOUNDS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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Proverb

Children should be seen but not heard

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600, V300] crossed out. Replaced with  current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHILDREN ; FAMILY ; Heard ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SEEN ; Sight ; Sound ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

CHURCH BELLS OR BANGING ON POTS AND PANS MAKE GHOSTS APPEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bells ; GHOST ; SIGN ; Sound ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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