Page 8 - Old Tales of Sorcery Remembered
ISSUE : Issue 30
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1981/12/1
with cream. She gave that to her. She ate that. And she went. After that, she was making lots of butter--enough butter she was selling butter. That was the sorcier. (Was the woman coming on the road the sor? cerer?) She didn't know if that was the right one. Because those people went as different persons. One time there was a guy, his wife got sick, and he had a colt-~ they both got sick. And he went to see George LeBrun, and George LeBrun told him that one has to die. He said, "If you don't want your wife to die, let the colt die." And he said, "About 2, 3 days after, the man, the sorcier, is going to go to your house, tell you the horse is dead." So he was treating his wife the best he could, and he let the horse go. He didn't give anything to the horse. The horse died 3 days after. And his neighbour came to tell him his horse was dead. But George Le? Brun told him the guy that was on his wife was going to tell him. The guy who put this on his wife and horse, he didn't go on his own. He went like the man's neighbour. If he went there, that man would want to kill him. He went looking like the neigh? bour. (But he was really....) He was real? ly a sorcier. But he went looking like his neighbour. (And this woman on the road....) It may have been the sorcier. He didn't want the people to know who he was. He'd go as another person. (So if I would come to your door, you would never really know whether it was me or the sorcerer.) Be? cause the guy whose wife was sick, he nev? er thought it was his neighbour. He knew him right well, that was a nice man, that was an Acadian. That's the way my grand? mother always told me. Denise Deveaux: There was an Englishwoman, lived on the mountain. J. J. Deveaux: Pem? broke Lake. Denise: You had to boil some needles and that woman would come, and it was my father and his brother who would sit one in each doorway, and you weren't supposed to talk or anything--and that wom? an was going to come if they boiled the needles--but they couldn't boil them too hard because she'd be dead before she got there. (Now take me back. What had hap? pened here?) That was the same as for the milk, they couldn't make any butter. (But it was a different time?) Yeah. They'd be milking the cows and the milk would be all sour. They couldn't make butter or any? thing with the milk. And at last somebody told them--I guess it was that same guy, that George LeBrun--told them to put some needles, I don't know how many, on the stove and boil them. (In what?) J. J.: Milk. Denise: Milk? J. J.: Take some milk and put it in a container on the stove, put needles in and boil it. Denise: I thought it was water. Anyway, boil that. But they weren't supposed to boil it too hard. They had to give time for that woman to get to the house • She was living on the mountain somewhere. She had to come to the house and she had to go down the well where the milk was-- whatever she did there, I don't know what it was. (Where did your father and your un? cle have to sit?) One on each door--one at the back door, one at the front door. (Looking out?) Yeah. And they couldn't talk. If they did talk, that wouldn't work. And she came. She came in one door and she went out the other one--that's all. And down to the well. And then after that, the milk was all right. But that woman, I remember my father say? ing, she went there for something one time--I don't know if it was for a chum, the things they made the butter in--and he refused it. And she put the spell on it. That's the way they were. If they wanted something and you didn't give it to them, they'd put a spell on you. Wasn't that funny? DON'S FLOWERS p. 0. Box 179, Port Hawkesbury, N. S. BOE 2V0 Serving Port Hood, Judique, Inverness, and sur? rounding areas. Telephone 625-2215 or 625-2717. *yarns 'crafts* Light Industrial Park, Port Hawkesbury, N. S. Phone 625-2400 BOE 2V0' Yarns and Needlecrafts Local Handcrafts Many Other Items Manufacturers of Castings and Sheet Metal Products P. 0. Box 98, King St., North Sydney, N. S. B2A 3M1 nncEL 'Ste'lifiiti Better Health Centre We're back at 364 Charlotte St., Sydney (562-1237) Natural Foods, Vitamins & Cosmetics - Yogurt Machines Steel & Stone Grinding Mills & Acme Juicers MAIL ORDER, TOO,! Across from MacLeod's Book Store. "THE BEST IN HEATING AND SUPPLIES" Pares Canada ?? j|l Parks ?? 'r Canada ALEXANDER GRAHAM NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK Open Daily Year Round BELL Winter Schedule: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (8) 3 MAJOR EXHIBIT AREAS: Bell the Man Bell the Experimenter Hydrofoil Hall GUIDE SERVICE AVAILABLE Baddeck N.S. 75 km. west of Sydney on Route 105 Canada
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