I'm working on paper for SAMLA 88 on riddles in James Still's novel River of Earth. There is one I can't seem to find an answer for. It goes like this:
and then yeller, (sic. yellow)
and no tallow.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edited for context. The riddle takes place at the end of the book, which is set sometime around 1900. It is about rural Appalachia.
Excerpt from the book:
"You've every one got buttermilk mustaches," she said, laughing quietly. We wiped them off with the backs of our hands, and then we played a riddle game.
Euly had first go.
As I went over London Bridge
I met my sister Ann,
I broke her neck and drank her blood
And let her body stand.
"That hain't the way I heered it," I said.
As I went through the guttery-gap
I met my Uncle Davy,
I cracked his skull and drank his blood
And left his body aisy.
Fletch was anxious for his riddle, fearing we would know the answer.
First green and then yaller,
All guts and no tallow.
Euly and I smiled, knowing what this thing was, but we guessed wild.
"Now, no," Fletch said.
Fletch got down from the table and crawled about, blowing the whistle Uncle Samp had made for him. "I'm an engine pulling sixteen coal gons," he said.
The answer(s) to the first two riddles is a bottle of wine/spirits.