1438. It is supposed that a broom placed behind the door will keep off
1439. To burn the stub of a broom or break a sugar-bowl, means a quarrel.
1440. A spark seen on a candle or lamp when the light is extinguished
means the receipt of a letter.
St. John, N.B., and Salem, Mass.
1441. Wet the finger and touch the letter on the candle. If it come off
on the finger, it means a letter for you.
1442. The letter in the candle will face the one for whom the letter is
to be. If the little snuff bud is bright, it means a letter.
1443. If the candle is sooty, or shows a spark in the wick on blowing
out, it is a sign that a letter is on its way.
1444. If chairs become entangled (legs interlaced, etc.), it means a
1445. If you choke (food gets in the windpipe), it means some one has
told lies about you.
1446. It is a sign of good old-fashioned economy to use up a dish-cloth
until it can be put into your mouth.
1447. If a door opens of itself, it is supposed to indicate the presence
of a spirit, usually one of the family.
1448. It is unlucky to name a child after a dead child of the family.
1449. If you begin keeping house with many in the family, it is a sign
that you will always have a large family or houseful.
1450. If a wood fire snaps and sparkles, each time it does indicates the
receipt of a letter.
1451. One of the negro superstitions was that when the fire burned with a
blue flame, it was the devil seeking to speak to them. A handful of salt
would make him go away.
1452. Sweep the floor after dark, you'll see sickness before morning.
1453. If while eating you drop food on the floor, it is a sign that some
one is telling lies about you.
1454. Food dropped on the floor by one signifies that some one grudges
Common in the United States.
1455. Do not change your place at table; it is very unlucky.
New York, N.Y.
1456. If you keep changing your furniture to different places, you'll be
1457. Not drinking the whole contents of a glass or cup means
1458. If sooty bubbles form and blacken on the wick in a lamp burning
whale oil, each bubble indicates the receipt of a letter.
1459. When sparks are seen on the bottom of the tea-kettle, it is a sign
that folks are going home from meeting.
New Hampshire and Boxford, Mass.
1460. Sparks flying from a fire mean letters; the number of the sparks is
the number of the letters.
1461. If a spark or sparks jump out of the fire and hit you or come
towards you, it is a sign some one has a spite or grudge against you.
1462. Two spoons given to one person denotes that that person will have
two homes before the year is out.
1463. The tea-kettle suddenly singing means news.