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RÜLED BY SÜPERSTITION. Queer Ideas That Control Mauy Men and Women. l)*es Wearing a TV'idow’s Yellow Gartir on the Left Leg Bring Luck ? How a Miiiden Oaa See Her Love iu Dreams at Small Expense. j ' for hapDY to Tiiere colors th« world Thoro’s however, almost but if we by one. it AN ; of is to Its of of in . a [New York Sun.] Any day and any place you can see people yielding to superstitions. Notice ptiople walking together. Fee a couple of girls going going along, carefully preventing any one from pa**ing between tliem. or If ono round a lamp post or hitching post, bow tho other wiil follow ou the same side. Dignified Dignified old men and women will dodge back and follow tlu'ir comp.anious round a hurried hurried pedestrian w ho trio* to savosteos by passing betweoii thorn, or round .somo inanimate inanimate obstruction, causing any number of amusing encounter». 'I'hey believe they will havo a quarrel or meet wffth a disap- cointmentif they let anything to come between between tiiom. Others couldn’t be hired to meet any one on the stairs, going up or down, for fear thoT will bo di.sappointed. Hou'owive? have innuTnerable signs by which lliey can foretell events, If the dishcloth is dropped, -there will be a visit ir. If a kliife is dropped, a woman is coining; a fork, a man is com ing; a *roon, a fool. If two knives or forks or spixms are put at » place by mistake while setting the table, there is going to bo a wedding. H you spill salt you will havo a quarrel; this cau bo prevented by bnrmug a pinch of tho spilled salt or throwing somo over your leftshoulder. If a rooster crows at you or at a door, he is playing the clairvoyant clairvoyant and telling you you wii! have a surprising surprising bit of news or an unexpecu d visitor, oo also If you drop a pair of sciraors. and they stick in tho fioor. you will havo an unexpected unexpected visitor. If a needle sticks lu the floor, you will get a letter. If you see a pin with tbo head to you, you must .surely pick it up. for you will tiave good luck, but avoiil. if possible, seeing pin* with the point toward you. for if you pick them up you will have sharp luck or bad luck. You must pick tbem up . however, if you see them, for the old lines say: She Oot Down Husband from.’ Wife little riusoHuu and a Sec a pin and plak H up. All itiat (lay yuu’Il h«\e good luok; Sec a pin and let 11 lay. Vuu’ll have Pud luck all that day. weighed 1 tiAw lier healthy; pour the tv if« ono anything! a little right of Wife old breakfast. wonder Husband own cup Wife n'W. have 1 Wife it bo too call hor Mildred—Mildred-how Husl butter, Wife-1 pretty I.ucy; prettier, Annie! perfectly large VVife anv ask for have on tho tbe is her so the of this of be can indeed Is the sovereign. first- the odd a impression as and If froth or little bubbles rise to the top of a cup of tea or coffee and you are lucky enough to catch them in a spoon and swallow' swallow' them, you will get money, the amount varving with the (juantiiy of buUoles. ibis doesn’t «pplv to Coney island lager. If you find any little sticks, th© stem* of tea leaves in your tea and swallow them, you will capture a new beau. A good housewife will never sw'eep at night. If she is ever obliged to do so she will sweep the dirt into a coruer, and couldn’t bo prevailed on to lift it until morning. This is to prevent misfortune. Nor will she at any time sweep the dirt out of her door. She will lift it in a du.stpan and oum it. This is to keep the fainily iKi» 80 .*sion» safe. If you break a dish, fate wffl pursue vou till you break two more. If you aro unmarried .and fall going up stairs, you will not get married until the next year; aud if your cbaip tumbles backward your chances of matrimonial bliss for that year go with it. Getting out of laid backward causes things to go wrong for tl^e day. while putting putting vour right foot out brst pleases dame fortune. You have to consult her pleasure in dressing yourself, too. She likes you better if YOU put on your right shoe , and stocking first. You change your luck if .by- accident you put on a garment wrong side out, and if you want to keep your old luck the proper thing to do is to turn the garment. garment. and while doing so snlt on it and say, •For good luck or bad.” If a woman’s skirt comes undone her sweetheart or husband has loving thoughts of her. If a widow gives you a yellow garter on Easter Sunday you will have success m love if you wear it around the left leg, and success success in business if you wear it around the right leg. The inc^t dire misfortune result» from opening au umbrella or sunshade in the house, and if a man should go into the betting stami at a racetrack with his umbrella umbrella raised fa© would be in danger of being °^You^ will ifteet witb a disappointment if you start to go out and have to return for something you forgot, unless you sit down for a minute whan you return. You can tell your fortffne by the sensation# sensation# of your own body. V\ hen your right ear burns some one is speaking good of you. and when tho left ear burn* it is evil. You can even discover who the gossipers are by moistening the lobe of tbe warm ear witli saliva and naming a person. If the name you guest is correct, the ear will cool at once. If your nose itches, you will have news or company, if your right eye itches you will shed tears, aud if your left eye itches, you will laugh. A quick rising m either ear that overwhelms souud is called ft death knell, and precedes news pf a death. It vour inner arm itches at the elbow joint, voii wilt have au msleep or an outsleep. That is, some one will sleep at your house who la not accustomed to sleeping there, or a member of the family will be away all night. If your teg itchee at tbe back under the knee, you will go on a journey, and if tho sole of your foot Itobes. you will tread on strange ground. If your .right hand itches, you will shake hands with a fneud; your left band you will get money. There is an old saying about this: Rcmtch it on wood and it'd come good.” That, many are aware of. I've seen men who ought to know better bunt around for wood to scratch their hanus on. and. not finding any available, take a lead pencil out of their pockets and rub their palms with it. A fair Washiugtou belle will not have an nrabrella without a wooden handle, because, site says, she always wants some woixi around to scratch her band on. Even the soots on one's finger nails come m for a share of superstition. They are called gilts, aud it is said; thing of where ^ what do can’t girl. long to ^ Wife donff .Seems tool try. Wife pptng late. had half 1 George; won’t Ob, that come The ancient popular associated Bebel, 1512, hnmilea th© haired.) "Capclli (Rea There the (Salute at 30 defend sentiment continually literature. rebuke. occasionally writer century, various boldly despised and into bead but many honor hair obstinacy ; medium. haired tiesh more con se plisbed, A gift on the iliumb I» sure to come, Whi require a treat dose are will and 1 cannot That tho to tiio got Blowhard, somewhat sir; be He a gift on tbe finger has long to linger. It is unlucky to cut the finger nails on Friday. Saturday or Sunday. If you cut them on Friday you are playing into tho devil's hand; on Saturday you are inyitimr disaopointment. and on Sunday, you will have bad luck all the week, rtiere are people people who suffer all sorts of gloomy forebodings forebodings if they absent-miiuledlv trim away a bit of nail on any of these days, and who will sutfer all the inconvenience of overgrown overgrown finger nails sooner than cut them after Thursday, , . , . . , The shamrock of four-leaf clover is nrized as one of the greatest of luck-bringing charms. Girl» will hunt tlirough long summer summer days for the little green emblem of fortune, and when they find it, which is rare enough, they treasure it like a jewel or a flat Jove letter. Few houses are without the ffood-luck horseshoe, although not every one know's how to hang it to keep good luck with I'ne onen part up, so that the luck won’t run off the points. if the things that men carry in their pocket* ou account of their superstitions could be piled up . one on top of tho other, they would make a monument higher than the Eiff el tow er and twice as curious. Biick- ©ves, potatoes, buttons, biis < f metal, and lahbits feet go to make up the list The sun, moon and stars come in for tbeir share, too. There is the old couplet: Happy 1 » ibfl hri'te tbat the sun shiae« on; Happy U the corpse tbat Ibe rain rain* on. To see the new moon for the fir»t time over vour left shoulder portends trouble through all the month, while to see it before you is a promise of a prosperous aud happy *^*'To\^he maid who wants to push the veil aside and peer into the future it lends a*sistaiice if ou the first appearance of the new moon she will before retiring kneel at herw'indo\v, and. looking up at the moon, say earnestly: ii(j\v moon, true moon, come tell unto me IJefore Ihi» time lomorruw "Who my true love will be? If hit clothlii« I do wear And bis chiidi'on 1 do bear, lUlihe and mcrrv may 1 8 (*c him Will) ins face to me. If bis oloihliiii 1 dou’t wear Aud bis children 1 don't bear. Sad and sorrowful mav 1 »(?« him With biS back 1.1 me. Then let her crawl into beci without a light and she will see her true lover lu her dreams that night. If you make a wi.*h on the first star you see at niff bt you will get it, but you must frame your wish thus: , * "atariiffht, starhright, tirst bright star I see tonight, I wish you may, I wish you may, I wish ----------If ----------If you see a person glance at a wagon load of hay. then look determinedly iu another, another, direction you may be sure he has made a wish ou the hay, aud is afraid to catch another glimpse of it. thus breaking ^^S^clfool girls have practiced "wishing on’ rings ever since rings were worn. Tbe tricks played by young folks ou Halloween are nothing but .superstitions turned to fun, but some are quite a test of nerve, as setting a table for two at midnight, then one solitary solitary watcher sitting down to wait for tho wraith of her better half that is to be. The prettiest aud by far the most «xcnsa- ble superstitions are thos© attached to a wedding. The customs of throwing an old a handful of rice for luck, of " the " "See! an’ I I says: an’he savs, quarter of the open, an’ dime little 10 The station confidence. embezzled hou¥e had "He " Y excitement. ahead is alter!” w'hen boy so, all he have Dont’t busy hand the at was slipper or wearing Someihlag old And «oineihlng n«w. Something bright And something blue, of avoiding Friday# and the month of May Hem. light one; little

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  1. The Boston Weekly Globe,
  2. 26 Jun 1889, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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