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"Then, we used to have Gypsies. I remember when I was just a little girl and my mom and I – I was about four years old – we run down that road – we kind of lived on a highway, or a road that was not graveled or anything, I mean it wasn't anything, just a dust road – and to this other neighbor's house because there were gypsies in the area. And she was scared of them, too. So she grabbed me by the hand, and we run down there to the neighbor's.
     "Well, they would come in, and I remember people talking about how they would come in and steal chickens, and that sort of thing, just come right in your yard and get chickens, or eggs or whatever."

Mildred Opitz on Gypsies

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