For obtaining partners, fill a pumpkin rind with nuts, which have been

opened, had the meat taken out, some token of the fate placed inside,

and glued together again with a ribbon attached to each. Those drawing

nuts having the same colored ribbon are partners. The one whose nut

has a ring in, is to be married next; if a coin, he is to be the most

wealthy; if a thimble, a spinster all her life. The other nuts may

have slips of paper with prophecies written on them.

A bag filled with nuts may be tied up tightly and hung in a

doorway. One of the players is blindfolded and given a stick with

which he is to hit the bag as hard as he can, thus breaking it, and

scattering the nuts on the floor. The one who succeeds in gathering

the greatest number of nuts will be the luckiest during the year.

Fill two large pans with sawdust. Bury in one pan pieces of paper

bearing a rhyme about one's future, these can be about the ladies for

the men to draw, and in the other pan verses for the ladies to

draw. The papers are folded up tightly. The ladies and gentlemen take

turns putting in their thumbs. As soon as a verse is found it is read


Example for the men to draw:

"Medium height, eyes of blue,

Charming girl is awaiting you."

For the ladies:

"Tall and slight, with red hair,

Fond of walking and fresh air."

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