1464. A stratum of warm air indicates the presence of the devil.
Boston, Mass. (Irish).
1465. If, when a newly-married couple go to housekeeping, she slyly takes
her mother's dish-cloth or dish-wiper, she will never be homesick. Old
Mrs. ---- told me that she believed that was the reason she was not
homesick when they moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio.
1466. To have a sharp knife is a sign of a lazy man.
1467. Passing anything through a ladder is a sign of a long passage.
Conception Bay, N.F.
1468. If a ship has a starboard list, it is a sign of a quick passage; if
a port list, it is a sign of a long passage.
Conception Bay and New Harbor, N.F.
1469. Write the date of the first snowstorm, and you'll gain a bet before
the winter is through.
1470. To ascertain a girl's age, pull a hair from her head, hang a
finger-ring from this inside a tumbler or goblet, and it will strike the
number of years.
1471. Throw a strand of your hair in the fire; if it blazes you will live
long and happily; if not, you will die soon.
1472. If a tree falls to the right while you are looking at it, you are
going on a long trip before the end of the year, and will have some
unexpected piece of good luck.
1473. A person born on Halloween is said to be possessed of evil spirits.
1474. Place a broom across the door, and if any of your departed friends
wish to speak to you they are free to come and go at will while the broom
1475. If a person who raises fowls is bothered with hawks, he may prevent
the trouble by throwing a handful of rocks into the fire while it is