According to old superstition, the devil gave the witches of Sweden cats, which were called carriers, because they were sent by their mistresses to steal in the neighborhood. On such occasions, the greedy animals could not resist satisfying their own appetites. Sometimes they ate to repletion and were obliged to disgorge their stolen meal. Their vomit, found in kitchen gardens, was a yellow color, and it was called witches' butter.
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