with a "moderate tightening of the grain belt"
I witnessed a Shiveree when I was about 14, while I visited the sister of one of our neighbors, out in Melrose. I didn't think it was near as funny as the family did, but then, I did learn how to "short-sheet" a bed (after the older kids carefully set the thing together with vaseline so it'd fall apart with only a bit of movement). It seemed to me people could get hurt, and I figured a first night together would be awkward enough without anyone's help. But, they didn't ask me...☺
Here are some accounts from the Pierz Journal that seem to involve noise more than anything, but they'll make you laugh, too.
|January 27, 1910|
Too bad this charming custom's been lost, huh? ☺