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November 28, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(22):1163-1164. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431000039008

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Old-fashioned sailors have certain cherished beliefs that no amount of argument can dispel. The tar who has "sailed the salt seas over," can not be persuaded that it is anything but flying in the face of that Providence, in which with all his impiety he devoutly trusts, to begin a voyage on Friday, and he quotes the legendary history of the ship Friday, whose keel was laid on Friday, which was launched on Friday, sailed on Friday, under command of Captain Friday, and was, as might have been expected, lost on Friday with all on board. Is it consistent to ridicule the old salt's superstition in face of the fact that no young bride in Christendom, nor her doting mother, will deliberately select Friday as her wedding day?

Another of Jack's ineradicable beliefs is that certain vessels are hoodooed from the laying of their keels, and have consequently been so

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