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paralysis, spells, jinx, black magic, curses, Lancaster New Era newspaper
A handwritten letter from Rose Labrasca addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated May 23, 1949. Within, Labrasca inquires if Shoemaker knows anyone who is well-versed in lifting spells or jinxes.
Alfred L. Shoemaker
Lancaster May 23, 1949
I have read all your [articles] you wrote in the New Era paper and found them to be very interesting, because I heard all about everything you wrote when I was a young girl. That I half believe in them, [especially] what people call putting spells or jinx on someone, that is why I am writing to you, to find out if you have any address of some one that gave you an [article] to put in the paper of any person that knows how to take off spell.
I went to visit a cousin in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. That has been in bed about 5 years, the doctors are baffled about her case, [illegible] a woman of 180 lb. she goes down to 80 Ib., she can not move, or die. We cannot understand what is keeping her alive, some doctors say it is creeping paralysis, a slow death.
That is why, when I looked at her I thought of these spells I been hearing about wondering if someone can help her.
If you have heard of anyone who can take away spells I would like to know
Mrs. Rose Labrasca
939 East End Ave
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Labrasca, Rose, "Letter From Rose Labrasca to Alfred L. Shoemaker, May 23, 1949" (1949). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 231.
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