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Notes and Queries, Number 41, August 10, 1850

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1850
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,301 / 53 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.9
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 473
Added to site: 2004.11.13
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Genre: Periodical
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ages, denotes approaching mortality among its inhabitants. A mouse running over a person is considered to be an infallible sign of death, as is also the squeaking of one behind the bed of an invalid, or the appearance or apparition of a white mouse running across the room. To meet with a shrew-mouse, in going a journey, is reckoned ominous of evil. The country people have an idea that the harvest-mouse is unable to cross a path which has been trod by man. Whenever they attempt, they are immediately, as my informant expressed it, "struck dead." This, they say, accounts for the numbers which on a summer's evening may be found lying dead on the verge of the field footpaths, without any external wound or apparent cause for their demise.

_Snakes._--There is a very prevalent belief that a snake can never die till the sun is down. Cut or hack it as you will, it will never die till sunset. This idea has evidently its source in the amazing vitality common to the species.

_Poultry._--The crowing of a hen bodes ev

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