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Pae Twenty The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS areet00s/tom GAVIN BROTHERS INC. BROKBES CO BUILDING E&E MEAT MARKET * ORDER YOUR TURKEY! STOR] NO. I--424S Rainier Phone RA. 9621 STORE NO. 2---1007 Olive Way SF= 49Tt COLD STORtIE L0CKE-$ - Wholesale and Retail Meats - We Siffty Institutions, rants and iets. SEATTLI- ALASKA COPPER & BRASS WORKS 902 First Ave. S. - EL. 4494 I Copper, Brass, Bronze and Stainless Steel In Sheets  Pipe  Tubing I 6F-ATTLE, WASH Car(Hal Holiday Grey, tings McCANN'S BOYS' AND YOUNG MEN'S SHOP CLOTH I NG 1629 Sixth Ave. - w.. 0227 CeUJTON & 00emeNAUU=, INSURANCE 783 DEXTER HORTON BUILDING - ELL. 2212 EMMANUEL'S INC. Washing & Repairing of  Chinese Rug 305 E. 45th SL  I I _ Manlowe I Tryster Co. I I iNC. 1TI? Sixth Ave. So MAin 3666 Post Office Meats 216 UNION ST. "QUALITY MEATS" We Feature Diamond "H" products Operated by the James Henry Packing Co. i AURORA CAB CO. 8953 AURORA AVE. VErmont- 9300 Specializing in Suburban Service Union Drivers Stand90th & Aurora RALSTON STUDIO PORTRAITURES and WEDOINGS --1112 N Ave. MAIn 8585 I" CLT00 W 511 4th & Pike BIding MAin 2332 We Feature Wella and All the Latest Methods of Permanent " Waving (evening ) City Wide Coal Delivery " SUnset 8260 MONTGOMERY FU EL 6320 - 15th N. W. fAmt00}00I Makers of Fine sOld Fashioned" Butter, Extra Rich Cottage Cheese, Buttermilk and Ice Cream COS11ELIS MOTEL COURT A Welcome Awaits YOu with the LonQ'I STEAM HEAT- REFRIGERATION BATHS - BEAUTYREST MATTRESSES KITCHENS - GARAGES 14242 PacRC Highway South CaL, 2514-W 4aI W. MARGINAL WAY GLENCOE FOUNDRY AValon 1440 LANGLIrS SPORT STORE 1330 Sixth Ave. EL 3388 Sporting Goods, Tennis 84boe For Boys, Men and tINoml eAT I SJF'ACT ION ASSURED The Instrument Laboratory, Inc: INDUSTRIAL I NSTRUMENT6 ale Repairing, Engineering, Termo- metmrs, Gauges, Automtic Cm,mre mr Temperature Level Or ELLIOTT W., (Seattle) ALder 4e40 If It's Im;tuments- We Can Repair Calibrate BLUE TOP CAB CO. 1622 Seventh Ave. MAin V7 "ffle', F;nes LISTINGS WANTED Of Homes in City; Also, much-needed Houses and Farms North of City. HAWKES REALTY 02 . 35th Ave. N.E.  KE. 2200 DEVIL SNUFF By REV. GILBERT HAY, M.S.SS.T. NE of the major problems of a missioner working with some se- cluded rural non-Catholic Negroes  il Lthe deep South, where my re- cet Mission, St. Peter Claver is situat- ed. is the deeply ingrained superstitious beliefs and praetiees of the people. Be- fiefs which are difficult to eradicate be- cause they are of the very warp and woof of their lives. The children pick them up before they learn to walk, They are part f them. And yet a priest work- ing to bring these souls to a full follow- ing of Chr must break down their be- liefs in 'bants'" and charms and fetisl=s, because such beliefs are a breaking of the First Commandment. In the backwoods of Alabama where I was working there is little of the voodoo- ism still found in the Delta country, but of charms and taboos and 'Yoot doctors" there are more  enough to worry a priest. F During the first months of my .work among these people as a newly ordained priest, my introduction to their super- stitions came as" sometling of a shock. StOpped Gving Medals It was, and still is, my practice to visit my people frequently in their home In leaving I would give each member of the family a Holy Trinity medal; expiating, to them what a medal was and that by wearing it they would be sowing their belief in the Three persons in God and would be making an act of faith. ]But I soon stopped giving out medals because of their use of them. One of their-common superstitions is that a silver coin tied around the left ankle will keep rheumatism  away. And invariably when I came back to visit them I would find them wearing the med- al in exactly the same way--around their left ankle, on the same string with a pierced dime! Many of their superstitions are con- nected with sickness of one kind or an- other. They have had almost no contact with doctors, and their only 'qughten" medicines they get from the itinerant pat- ent medicine salesman, one of the curses of the section who will often take a dol- lar of their scarce and hard earned money for a bottle of licorice water, or its equivalent, with a bright red label. If you were to look under the bed in the cabin of one of my people who was seriously sick, who really "had the mis- ery," or at childbirth, you would invari- ably find a large carving knife. It is put there to cut the pain. They believe, too, that if a sick person is placed crosswise in bed he will not die. And even though this is the most uncomfortable 1)ot3on possible, and the patl*ents feet are suck- ing out in the cold. he will ask to he turned "croat the lcl." When part of their sickness is a fever. or "a fire in the head" as they call it, a saucer of turpentine under the bed will absorb the fever. Then a particularly *amusing super- stition is the women's remedy for a head- ache. May I pass it on to you ? To cure a headache you suck four matches in your hair to form a square. Then you put a pinch of salt in the middle of the square. And prestol The headache is gone! Ceaper than aspirin, too. The missioner on his rounds runs into man.peculiar remedies which,-though the complete opposite of sanitary and anti- septic, are not entirely superstitious but do seem to have something" in them. For example, whenjver anyone is cut with a knife or an x he will immedi- ately apply a. handful of spider web and soot, two ingredients always st hand in their houses, R is ag how quickly that will stop bleeding. I have seen it time and agah And I have seen deep knife wounds treated that way heal faster and without InfecUon than ones I have cleaned and bamdagedL Another peculiar remedy that seems to have something In it Is their cure for burn Have you eer, in a walk through the woods, kicked a small brown, bulb- like fungus growth and see It burst into. a black powder? We used to call them puff balls. The Negroes there call that black powder "Devil Snuff." And when- ever ne of them gets a burn, whicl hap- pens frequently because of their open fireplaces, they" immediately sprinkle on a covering of 'T)evil Snuff." They claim it allays the pain of a burn.. For a missioner the aggravating thing about it is, that after he has applied unguenUne and neatly bandaged the burn, they will remove the bandage and sprin- kie on their "Devil Snuff"--just to make . Sure. For diarrhea they chew the inne/- bark of the gum tree. And for a cold ng is better than "Rabbit Tobacco" the leaves of a weed which grows in the cotton fields, boiled down strong, and drunk while it is hot. I have often had the thought that perhaps there is something in some of these remedies that our doctors have not yet discovered. Then there are some superstitions that are merely amusing. If a girl eats a chicken foot (not a leg, mind you, but a foot) behind the door she will grow up to be beautiful. Want to try it girls? And here is one from Narcissus Brown who has thirteen children and ought to know. If you cut your baby's finger nails with a pair of scissors he'll grow up to be a thief. Always pare them with a knife. And if your baby is teething, nine black buttons on a string around his neck will see him through. Narcissus believes too that if a baby who was healthy gets sick and dies it is because someone showe: him his face in a mirror. That's just no good for babies! There are many, many other super- - stiUons that a missioner in te back- woods of Alabama runs into and has to contend with in the souls that he is try- lng to bring to God. They run from how and when to plant to how to get a man. If any of you want to know how to catch a man--Alabama style---write in and let me know. That takes some really pow- erful conjure! BRADLEY STUDIO 1328 Second Ave., Opposite Rhodes DISTINCTIVE PORTRAITURE, WEDDINGS, GROUPS, BABIES Old Faded Photos Copied and Restored " MAin 2388 STANDARD CLOAK & SU IX CO. 2013 Fourth Avenue ELiot 8576 C0MHBCm LINEN CO. 1101 E. Pike St. PRospect 5135 Manufacturers and OistrFoutors of Linens, Bedding, Hospital Apparel and Institutional Furniture. ACI BOILER & TANK CO. SALMON BAY TERMINAL ALder 0151 WESTLAK[ FUP, NITUP2 CO. 2001 ESTLAKE AVE. ELiot 86 L'. C. MASSART Plumbing and Heating 2 Eiliott Ave. West GA. 8118 WALKER PRINTIN@ CO. 6029 Airport Way RK. 2345 COMMERCIAL PRINTING i Quarter of Century Serving South End t :i i Pae Twenty The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS areet00s/tom GAVIN BROTHERS INC. BROKBES CO BUILDING E&E MEAT MARKET * ORDER YOUR TURKEY! STOR] NO. I--424S Rainier Phone RA. 9621 STORE NO. 2---1007 Olive Way SF= 49Tt COLD STORtIE L0CKE-$ - Wholesale and Retail Meats - We Siffty Institutions, rants and iets. SEATTLI- ALASKA COPPER & BRASS WORKS 902 First Ave. S. - EL. 4494 I Copper, Brass, Bronze and Stainless Steel In Sheets  Pipe  Tubing I 6F-ATTLE, WASH Car(Hal Holiday Grey, tings McCANN'S BOYS' AND YOUNG MEN'S SHOP CLOTH I NG 1629 Sixth Ave. - w.. 0227 CeUJTON & 00emeNAUU=, INSURANCE 783 DEXTER HORTON BUILDING - ELL. 2212 EMMANUEL'S INC. Washing & Repairing of  Chinese Rug 305 E. 45th SL  I I _ Manlowe I Tryster Co. I I iNC. 1TI? Sixth Ave. So MAin 3666 Post Office Meats 216 UNION ST. "QUALITY MEATS" We Feature Diamond "H" products Operated by the James Henry Packing Co. i AURORA CAB CO. 8953 AURORA AVE. VErmont- 9300 Specializing in Suburban Service Union Drivers Stand90th & Aurora RALSTON STUDIO PORTRAITURES and WEDOINGS --1112 N Ave. MAIn 8585 I" CLT00 W 511 4th & Pike BIding MAin 2332 We Feature Wella and All the Latest Methods of Permanent " Waving (evening ) City Wide Coal Delivery " SUnset 8260 MONTGOMERY FU EL 6320 - 15th N. W. fAmt00}00I Makers of Fine sOld Fashioned" Butter, Extra Rich Cottage Cheese, Buttermilk and Ice Cream COS11ELIS MOTEL COURT A Welcome Awaits YOu with the LonQ'I STEAM HEAT- REFRIGERATION BATHS - BEAUTYREST MATTRESSES KITCHENS - GARAGES 14242 PacRC Highway South CaL, 2514-W 4aI W. MARGINAL WAY GLENCOE FOUNDRY AValon 1440 LANGLIrS SPORT STORE 1330 Sixth Ave. EL 3388 Sporting Goods, Tennis 84boe For Boys, Men and tINoml eAT I SJF'ACT ION ASSURED The Instrument Laboratory, Inc: INDUSTRIAL I NSTRUMENT6 ale Repairing, Engineering, Termo- metmrs, Gauges, Automtic Cm,mre mr Temperature Level Or ELLIOTT W., (Seattle) ALder 4e40 If It's Im;tuments- We Can Repair Calibrate BLUE TOP CAB CO. 1622 Seventh Ave. MAin V7 "ffle', F;nes LISTINGS WANTED Of Homes in City; Also, much-needed Houses and Farms North of City. HAWKES REALTY 02 . 35th Ave. N.E.  KE. 2200 DEVIL SNUFF By REV. GILBERT HAY, M.S.SS.T. NE of the major problems of a missioner working with some se- cluded rural non-Catholic Negroes  il Lthe deep South, where my re- cet Mission, St. Peter Claver is situat- ed. is the deeply ingrained superstitious beliefs and praetiees of the people. Be- fiefs which are difficult to eradicate be- cause they are of the very warp and woof of their lives. The children pick them up before they learn to walk, They are part f them. And yet a priest work- ing to bring these souls to a full follow- ing of Chr must break down their be- liefs in 'bants'" and charms and fetisl=s, because such beliefs are a breaking of the First Commandment. In the backwoods of Alabama where I was working there is little of the voodoo- ism still found in the Delta country, but of charms and taboos and 'Yoot doctors" there are more  enough to worry a priest. F During the first months of my .work among these people as a newly ordained priest, my introduction to their super- stitions came as" sometling of a shock. StOpped Gving Medals It was, and still is, my practice to visit my people frequently in their home In leaving I would give each member of the family a Holy Trinity medal; expiating, to them what a medal was and that by wearing it they would be sowing their belief in the Three persons in God and would be making an act of faith. ]But I soon stopped giving out medals because of their use of them. One of their-common superstitions is that a silver coin tied around the left ankle will keep rheumatism  away. And invariably when I came back to visit them I would find them wearing the med- al in exactly the same way--around their left ankle, on the same string with a pierced dime! Many of their superstitions are con- nected with sickness of one kind or an- other. They have had almost no contact with doctors, and their only 'qughten" medicines they get from the itinerant pat- ent medicine salesman, one of the curses of the section who will often take a dol- lar of their scarce and hard earned money for a bottle of licorice water, or its equivalent, with a bright red label. If you were to look under the bed in the cabin of one of my people who was seriously sick, who really "had the mis- ery," or at childbirth, you would invari- ably find a large carving knife. It is put there to cut the pain. They believe, too, that if a sick person is placed crosswise in bed he will not die. And even though this is the most uncomfortable 1)ot3on possible, and the patl*ents feet are suck- ing out in the cold. he will ask to he turned "croat the lcl." When part of their sickness is a fever. or "a fire in the head" as they call it, a saucer of turpentine under the bed will absorb the fever. Then a particularly *amusing super- stition is the women's remedy for a head- ache. May I pass it on to you ? To cure a headache you suck four matches in your hair to form a square. Then you put a pinch of salt in the middle of the square. And prestol The headache is gone! Ceaper than aspirin, too. The missioner on his rounds runs into man.peculiar remedies which,-though the complete opposite of sanitary and anti- septic, are not entirely superstitious but do seem to have something" in them. For example, whenjver anyone is cut with a knife or an x he will immedi- ately apply a. handful of spider web and soot, two ingredients always st hand in their houses, R is ag how quickly that will stop bleeding. I have seen it time and agah And I have seen deep knife wounds treated that way heal faster and without InfecUon than ones I have cleaned and bamdagedL Another peculiar remedy that seems to have something In it Is their cure for burn Have you eer, in a walk through the woods, kicked a small brown, bulb- like fungus growth and see It burst into. a black powder? We used to call them puff balls. The Negroes there call that black powder "Devil Snuff." And when- ever ne of them gets a burn, whicl hap- pens frequently because of their open fireplaces, they" immediately sprinkle on a covering of 'T)evil Snuff." They claim it allays the pain of a burn.. For a missioner the aggravating thing about it is, that after he has applied unguenUne and neatly bandaged the burn, they will remove the bandage and sprin- kie on their "Devil Snuff"--just to make . Sure. For diarrhea they chew the inne/- bark of the gum tree. And for a cold ng is better than "Rabbit Tobacco" the leaves of a weed which grows in the cotton fields, boiled down strong, and drunk while it is hot. I have often had the thought that perhaps there is something in some of these remedies that our doctors have not yet discovered. Then there are some superstitions that are merely amusing. If a girl eats a chicken foot (not a leg, mind you, but a foot) behind the door she will grow up to be beautiful. Want to try it girls? And here is one from Narcissus Brown who has thirteen children and ought to know. If you cut your baby's finger nails with a pair of scissors he'll grow up to be a thief. Always pare them with a knife. And if your baby is teething, nine black buttons on a string around his neck will see him through. Narcissus believes too that if a baby who was healthy gets sick and dies it is because someone showe: him his face in a mirror. That's just no good for babies! There are many, many other super- - stiUons that a missioner in te back- woods of Alabama runs into and has to contend with in the souls that he is try- lng to bring to God. They run from how and when to plant to how to get a man. If any of you want to know how to catch a man--Alabama style---write in and let me know. That takes some really pow- erful conjure! BRADLEY STUDIO 1328 Second Ave., Opposite Rhodes DISTINCTIVE PORTRAITURE, WEDDINGS, GROUPS, BABIES Old Faded Photos Copied and Restored " MAin 2388 STANDARD CLOAK & SU IX CO. 2013 Fourth Avenue ELiot 8576 C0MHBCm LINEN CO. 1101 E. Pike St. PRospect 5135 Manufacturers and OistrFoutors of Linens, Bedding, Hospital Apparel and Institutional Furniture. ACI BOILER & TANK CO. SALMON BAY TERMINAL ALder 0151 WESTLAK[ FUP, NITUP2 CO. 2001 ESTLAKE AVE. ELiot 86 L'. C. MASSART Plumbing and Heating 2 Eiliott Ave. West GA. 8118 WALKER PRINTIN@ CO. 6029 Airport Way RK. 2345 COMMERCIAL PRINTING i Quarter of Century Serving South End t :i i