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.
Doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief.
Doctor, lawyer, merchant, cheat.
188. With reference to the habitation to be occupied:--
Big house, little house, pig-sty, barn.
189. As to the wedding dress:--
Silk, satin, velvet, cotton, woolen.
190. In regard to the vehicle:--
Carriage, wagon, wheelbarrow, chaise.
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.
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.