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THE ETERNAL WATCH

EMPEROR FREDERICK BARBARROSSA'S SPIRIT KEEPS WATCH OVER THE
GERMAN PEOPLE FROM HIS SUPPOSED RESTING PLACE AT THE
KHYFFAUSER CASTLE IN THURINGIA. A FLOCK OF RAVENS KEEP A
CONSTANT VIGIL OVER HIS GRAVE. WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THIS MEANS
THAT BARBARROSSA'S SPIRIT HAS LEFT THE GRAVE, AND IS ROAMING
GERMANY TRYING TO LEAD HER IN TIMES OF PERIL. IT IS SAID
THAT THE RAVENS WERE GONE DURING THE TIME OF THE "WELT DRIEGS."
THIS MEANS THAT THE "HEMICHEKAISER" WAS GONE FROM HIS TOMB.

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MR. STOERKEL IS GERMAN AND THE SOURCES ARE TRADITIONAL TRANSMISSION.

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SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Castle ; Germany ; GHOST ; Legend ; SPIRIT ; Tomb

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Bird

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CEMETERY BELIEF

IF YOU ARE OUT IN THE EARLY EVENING AT MT. ELIOT CEMETERY
AT 6 MILE ROAD, AND YOU FACE THE WEST SIDE OF IT, YOU WILL SEE
A GLOWING RED TOMBSTONE, WHY THIS PARTICULAR TOMBSTONE GLOWS,
NO ONE KNOWS.

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Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): CEMETERY ; Detroit ; Glow ; HAUNTED ; Haunting ; Legend ; Mt. Eliot Cemetery ; Tombstone

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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