A Death in Westerdale

 

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It used to be a common belief, for instance, and is so still with many old people, that a sick person cannot die if laid upon a bed composed of the feathers of pigeons or any wild birds. I was told not long since of one Jane H-, from the neighbourhood of Westerdale, that she was lying on a bed of that description; that she was in extremis for a week, and when it was thought she could not die in consequence of being upon a bed of wild birds feathers they took her off it and laid her on a squab, where, I was informed, she died at once.

Yorkshire folk-talk; with characteristics of those who speak it in the North & East ridings

MCF Morris

1844

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