Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
James D. Baker
Dec. 15, 1950
Reel 72, Item 3
The Race With the Dark Thing
There was an old tramp walking down the railroad. And it was
getting dark so he decided he'd have to find a place to stay. He
saw an old nigger shack out beside the railroad. Said, "Well, that'd
be a pretty good place to stay." So he went in. He crawled over the
cobwebs and the broken boards and found him a pretty soft place among
the corn shucks that had been left in the old house.
He started to go to sleep, and he noticed something over in the
corner, about five feet from him. It was a Dark Thing. He couldn't
tell what it was. So he lay there thinking about it a few minutes.
He finally got scared, and he got up and he started out.
And as he got up and he started out, this Dark Thing got up and
started out after him—and kept his distance, about five feet from
him. And so he started walking down the railroad track and this
Dark Thing kept following him. He got a little more scared so he
started running the railroad track, and the Dark Thing started running
after him the same distance. They ran for about five miles and this
old boy had to stop and rest awhile.
And the old Dark Thing said, "That was quite a race, wasn't it?"
This old boy said, "Yeah, and just as soon as I rest up a little
bit, we're gonna have anothern."
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