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HAY FEVER

BUY A BOTTLE OF LYCERINE. PUT IT UP YOUR NOSE WITH A GLASS
TUBE. QUICKLY CLEARS YOUR HAY FEVER FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): LISTERINE? GLYCERINE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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SORE THROAT

HALF A TEASPOON OF BORIC ACID TO A TUMBLER OF HOT WATER, USE
THIS MIXTURE TO GARGLE OFTEN DURING THE DAY AND BEFORE BE:.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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BRUISES

COAL OIL OR KEROSENE RUBBED ON THE AREA WILL PREVENT THE SKIN
FROM TURNING BLACK AND BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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WHEN PLANTING POTATOES EACH SLICE MUST HAVE THREE EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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BOWEL TREATMENT

FOUR GLASSES OF WATER, IF THIS FAILS TO WORK TAKE SIX OUNCES OF
COTTON SEED OIL FOLLOWED BY A GLASS OF MILK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CONSTIPATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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ACUTE INDIGESTION

TAKE ONE TEASPOON OF CHAMAMILE FLOWER HERBS TO ONE CUP OF HOT
WATER, STEEP THIS MIXTURE AND DRINK IT. IT WILL CAUSE PERSON
TO BELCH IF MIXED PROPERLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CAMOMILE ; CHAMOMILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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BURNING EYES

DICE A RAW POTATOE AND PUT IT OVER THE EYES. THIS WILL DRAW THE
BURN OUT AND THE POTATOE WILL ABSORB IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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INSECTS ON FLOWERS

SLICE RAW POTATOES AROUND THE PLANT. WHEN THE SLICES ARE FULL
OF INSECTS THROW THESE AWAY AND REPLACE WITH NEW SLICES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F475

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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WHOOPING COUGH

TO CURE THIS STEEP SOME DRIED CHESTNUT LEAVES AND INHALE THE
VAPORS AND LATER DRINK THE BREW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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IN THEIR RELIGIOUS TRAINING THE PENNSYVANIA DUTCH CHILDREN MAY
BE TAUGHT THE EARTH IS FLAT. SOME GROUPS BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE
THE MAPS IN THE BIBLE MAKE THE WORLD LOOK FLAT AND THEY ACCEPT
COMPLETELY EVERYTHING CONTAINED IN THE BIBLE, FROM COVER TO
COVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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NEVER PLANT POTATOES NEXT TO ONIONS BECAUSE THE ONIONS WILL GET
IN TO THE POTATOE EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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PLANT BEANS DURING THE FULL MOON, THAT WAY YOU WILL HAVE BEANS
THAT ARE FULL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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TO DRIVE FLIES FROM THE HOUSE

SATURATE RAGS WITH OIL OF SASSAFRAS AND LAY THEM ON WINDOWS
AND NEXT TO DOORWAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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WHEN TAKING A SHOT OF WHISKY DRINK A GLASS OF WATER.} / THIS WILL
KEEP YOU FROM GETTING ULCERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): WHISKEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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IN THE CASE OF A DOG HAVING WORMS THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF
THEM IS FORCE THE DOG TO TAKE TWO SHOTS OF RUM AND AFTER THAT
GIVE HIM ALL THE WATER HE WANTS. THE WORMS WILL BE GONE AFTER
TWO SUCH TREATMENTS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- P753

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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FOR CUTS ON YOUR HANDS SPIT WHISKY ON THE CUT. WHISKY WILL
KILL THE GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): WHISKEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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IF THE CORN IS NOT KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY IT WILL BE
A BAD YEAR FOR CORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Food

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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IF IT'S RAINING AT SEVEN
IT WILL QUIT BY ELEVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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IN THE CASE OF SNAKE BITE CUT AN X OVER EACH FANG MARK , SUCK
THE POISON OUT AND SPIT THE JUICE FROM CHEWING TOBACCO ON THE WOUND, THE TOBAC
JUICE KILLS THE GERMS AND COUNTERACTS WHAT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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PRANK

ONE PERSON TELLS A YOUNG GIRL THAT THE COINS HE HAS CAN
FORETELL HER FUTURE HUSBAND. THE COINS ARE FLIPPED,
BUT HELD TOGETHER HIDING WHAT THEY HAVE INDICATED,
WHETHER YES OR NO TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM. FINALLY,
THE QUESTION "WHAT WILL BE MY FIRST WORDS TO HIM ON
OUR WEDDING NIGHT?" THIS TIME THE COINS ARE HELD
TIGHT AND THE GIRL SAYS (IN ANSWER TO HER OWN
QUESTION) "GIVE IT TO ME!" OR "LET ME HAVE IT!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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