Buttons


: PROJECTS

187. The coming husband is determined by repeating the following words,

touching each button of the coat, vest, or dress in order:--



Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief.

Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief.



Or,



Doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief.



Or,



Doctor, lawyer, merchant, cheat.

Ohio.



188. With reference to the habitation to be occupied:--



Big house, little house, pig-sty, barn.

New Hampshire.



189. As to the wedding dress:--



Silk, satin, velvet, cotton, woolen.

Massachusetts.



190. In regard to the vehicle:--



Carriage, wagon, wheelbarrow, chaise.

Massachusetts.



191. The first of these button formulæ is used by boys to foretell their

profession in life. A friend remembers how in childhood his buttons were

completely worn out by the continual practice of the inquiry.



192. With reference to the acquisition of a coat:--



Bought, given, stolen.

Massachusetts.



193. Rich man, poor man, beggar, thief, doctor, lawyer, merchant,

chief. Said over by little girls on their back hair combs to find the

occupation of their future husbands.

New York.





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