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- When a cow would calve the oldest person in the house would get a little red rag, and a bit of farmyard manure and a dead coal and a drop of holy water and a match and they would be tied to the cow's tail so that nobody could take the milk and butter off the cows. Once a man had three cows and he never had any milk or butter. There was an old woman living near his house and she was a sort of a witch and she used to change herself into hare and she could take the milk and she could take milk and butter off the cows while in the shape of a hare. He saw the hare in the midst of the cows and he broke its foot with a stone and he threw it into the nettle and after a while he saw the old woman going into the house and a foot broken of hers. In a few days the old woman died and the milk and butter came back to the cows.(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.