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come, an' I ain't know'd hit to fail. Dere's a colt in de
pastur now what'll prove what I say. De fust baby I
brought in de full by myse'f was Lithenia Spence's an' she
call him "Fo-day" cause he come zackly fo' day break. Us
was livin' down at Double Creek den an' somehow Lithenia
lost her notchin' stick, dat's what dey call keepin' up wid de
months, but she know'd hit was on de change of de moon,
an' so want no doctor dere nor nobody an' Aunt Sue wasn't
'spectin' nothin' to happen so she was over in Jefferson near
Linden but not as fur as Linden, but den Lithenia had done
notified Aunt Ruthie Hester, but Aunt Ruthie bein' ole,
hit had slipped her 'membrance. Aunt Ruthie's dead now.
Well, dey sent after me an' I said, 'Well, ev'y thing ready,
let's go ahead' (all dese chillun here, Miss, I oughten be
tellin' all dis) but Lithenia had a good time. I didn't use
no ginger tea nor nothin' to steamerlate her. You see on de
change of de moon water come mo' freely, an' dat's what
make hit easy.
"Dey say way dey go by de moon hit work with de per-
son's blood. On a young woman dey say you'd have a better
time on de change of the moon 'stead of on a full moon.
On de full moon, if de baby born den, wouldn't be as free.
But I cut de navel string an' all, by myse'f, an' greased hit
an' when Aunt Sue got back she said ever'thing was all
right. You see, I had done kilt my hogs an' boiled de feet
without no salt real done, den I pours dat water off. Now
you gonna eat dem hogs feet, so you kin go put salt in 'em
and fix 'em jes' lack you wants 'em, but doan put no salt in
no hogs feet oil for dat navel. Now you dreens dat water
off of dat grease what's riz to de top, an' skims hit an'
strains hit an' pours hit in de bottle an' hang hit up where
can't nobody bother hit an' you is all ready fer de navel. But
you has to take a skillet an' put hit on de fire an' put a light-
wood knot under hit an' put some old linen cloth in hit,
what de white folks gives us outer old table cloth, an' let
hit brown, an' take some cotton from de gin house an' take
de cotton cards an' card all the lint outer hit, an' now I'm
goin' to put hit in de skillet jes' er minute, an' wheel hit
right over 'til git brown 'fore you knows hit, den put some
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From Hell to Breakfast (Book)
Volume of popular folklore of Texas and Mexico, including religious anecdotes, stories about Native American dances, stories about petroleum and oil fields, folk songs, legends, customs and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 205.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. From Hell to Breakfast, book, 1944; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67649/m1/31/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.