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79. If two persons, while walking, divide so as to pass an obstruction

one on one side and one on the other, they will quarrel. Children avert

this catastrophe by exclaiming, bread and butter, which is a counter

charm. On the other hand, if they say pepper and salt, the quarrel is

made doubly certain. So universal is the practice that many grown people

of the best social class (women) still involuntarily avoid such

ration, and even use the childish words. In country towns, when girls

are walking with young men, if the latter pass on the other side of the

tree it is considered as rude, and as a token of indifference; in such a

case one girl will cast a meaning look on her companion as much as to

say, he does not care for you. To use the local phrase, it would be

said, So-and-so is mad with ---- (naming the girl).


80. In passing a tree in the middle of the sidewalk, children used to

pass it on one side going one way and on the other side going the other

way for luck.

Billerica, Mass.