Mary Celestia Parler
Told by Mrs. Maxine Hite Prairie Grove, Arkansas April 17, 1959
Reel 317, Item 8
"This is another one of the old riddles, where the man was supposed to go free if they didn’t guess his riddle:
"In this case, some lady had been killed. And a man had observed the one that had killed her. But he was afraid to tell—or else he was on trial himself for his life, and I don't know for sure which—and this is the way he told the riddle:
"'Riddle riddle come rye,
Where was I last Friday night,
When the wind did blow And the boughs did shake,
And I saw the hole The Fox did make.'
"And the man that had killed the woman was either named Fox, or he had used that as a designation so that he at least wouldn't give himself away. But he had seen this person kill the lady and bury her."
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