Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Southern Customs]
Cure for SLEEPWALKING: Cut off a piece of the sleepwalker's nightgown when you find him walking. He will never walk in his sleep again.
EARACHE: Take a piece of cotton, soak in it chloroform and smoke in a clay pipe, blowing the fumes into the ear of the sufferer.
DEATH TEST: To determine whether or not a sick person will die, rub his hand with yeast and let a dog sniff of it. If the dog licks the hand, the person will recover; if the dog refuses to lick his hand, he will die.
SOME NEGRO CURES:
Cure for COUGH: Shave the head except for a small square patch on top. Tie the hair tightly with a string.
SPASMS: Burn patient's flannel shirt, make a broth of the ashes, and use as medicine.
NEURALGIA: Take a black cord, double it four times, and wear around the wrist.
RHEUMATISM: Catch a fish, blow breath into its mouth, and keep blowing until the fish is dead.
TUMOR: Tie a piece of ram's wool on a string, swallow it four times a day, but keeping hold of the string. When the wool has been used up, the tumor will have disappeared. (There is no virtue in the wool from a lady sheep!)