A facetious name for the Devil, who is traditionally depicted
with hooves, sometimes expressed as ‘‘Old Splitfoot’’ or ‘‘Mr.
When the Fox Sisters first encountered the mysterious rappings
at Hydesville, New York, that supposedly heralded the
beginnings of Spiritualism, the youngest child Cathie reportedly
said ‘‘Mr. Splitfoot, do as I do’’ and clapped her hands; the
raps immediately repeated her clapping. At first, Cathie
thought somebody was tricking her, since it was the day before
April Fools’ Day.

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