Lists (None yet)

Login to create lists

Tagged (None yet)

Add Tags

Comments (None yet)

Add New Comment

No corrections yet

SUPERSTITION IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.

In the back settlements of the parish of Margaret Rothing, a young man, who lives with his mother, had been for some time prievously afflicted with intermittent fever and

ague. Physicians had visited him in vain; he still remained ill, until a cunning woman was consulted, who resides between Epping Forest and Ongar, and the charmer's prescription runs as follows:—" That a small out should be cut in twain, the kernel extracted, and a live spider placed in the shell, which was to be sewn up in a bag and worn round his neck, and as the spider wasted, so would the fever leave him." The charm was procured, the patient positively wore it, and as " the whole matter was in a nut shell," of course he soon recovered, and (says our correspondent) is able to under take his harvest. We should have thought that such ignorance could not have found a resting-place in the darkest nook in Essex ; but our correspondent assures as, in solemn phrase, he is not cracking a joke upon the nut shell.— Clielmsford Chronicle.

Zoom

plus
thumb
minus
left
thumb
right
up
thumb
down