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A Witch sent to Prison.

The criminal tribunal of Czernowitz, an important town of the Bukovina, has recently been engaged in trying an elderly woman named Irene Gabor for laying unlawful and magical spells upon; a pork butcher and his wife,, resident in that city. It appears that, about ten weeks ago, this pretended sorceress succeeded, by performing a few ingenious sleight-of-hand tricks, in persuading the butcher’s wife that she was gifted with supernatural powers, and that her dupe induced the butcher to consult Irene with respect to his mundane and eternal future. On being by him solicited to foretell coming events, she proceeded to business by gyrating round him until he felt quite giddy, and then, filling a bowl with water, dropped into it a ball of wax about as large as a walnut, over which she muttered some words of an unintelligible jargon. Presently, to the worthy butcher’s amazement and terror, the floating lump of wax developed into a scarlet flower, one-half of which, Irene informed him, represented his familiar demon, while the other moiety was allotted by destiny to his guardian ,-angel. With' this phenomenon the first part of her performance terminated. Still greater surprises, however, were in store for the spell-bound butcher. Filling a second bowl to the brim, Irene mumbled another charm over its contents, when lo ! the. water suddenly turned blood-red, Of this ill-favored liquor the butcher and his wife shudderingly took a sip, at Mrs. Gabor’s pressing instance, after which she covered up the bowl with a piece of muslin. Through this diaphanous substance, upon which she exhorted them to fix their gaze, her victims presently perceived a black pigeon rising out of the crimson brew, and fluttering its sable-wings. She commanded them to cross themselves and blow upon the ominous fowl. No sooner had they fulfilled her behest than the pigeon flew away and vanished. Then she compelled them by awful threats to kneel down, and, striking their foreheads against the floor, to pronounce a solemn oath that they would never reveal to anybody t|ie price she proposed to exact for her enchantments. Having thus bound them to eternal secrecy, she took her pick of the butcher’s shop, selecting the following prosaic objects as her fee ; A jar of lard, seven couples of large sausages, a pair of boots, several cakes of soap, rnd nine florins out of the till. Having tied these articles up in her shawl, she turned upon the butcher and all but petrified him with the prophecy that he would tumble down dead that day two months. In fear and trembling he awaited the day fixed for his dissolution, but having survived it without the least physical inconvenience, he denounced Irene Gabor to the Czernowitz police, by whom she was promptly arrested and consigned to durance vile. Subsequently condemned to a long term of imprisonment with hard labor, this redoubtable witch will enjoy but scant opportunities of bartering her spells and incantations against sausages and lard for some years to come.— London Telegraph.

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A Witch sent to Prison., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 209, 6 December 1880

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A Witch sent to Prison. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 209, 6 December 1880