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1908. The true story of witchcraft in Connecticut has never been told. It has been hidden in the ancient records and in manuscripts in private collection, and those most conversant with the facts have not made them known for one reason or another. It is written here, from authoritative sources, spanning the years 1647-1697. This story should prove of interest and value as a present day interpretation of that strange delusion, which for half a century darkened the lives of the forefathers and foremothers of the colonial days.... More >>>
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1908. The true story of witchcraft in Connecticut has never been told. It has been hidden in the ancient records and in manuscripts in private collection, and those most conversant with the facts have not made them known for one reason or another. It is written here, from authoritative sources, spanning the years 1647-1697. This story should prove of interest and value as a present day interpretation of that strange delusion, which for half a century darkened the lives of the forefathers and foremothers of the colonial days.

In its earlier historic conception witchcraft and its demonstrations centered in the claim of power to produce certain effects, "things beyond the course of nature," from supernatural causes, and under this general term all its occult manifestations were classified with magic and sorcery, until the time came when the Devil was identified and acknowledged both in church and state as the originator and sponsor of the mystery, sin and crime--the sole father of the Satanic compacts with men and women, and the law both canonical and civil took cognizance of his malevolent activities.

In the Acropolis mound at Susa in ancient Elam, in the winter of 1901-2, there was brought to light by the French expedition in charge of the eminent savant, M. de Morgan, one of the most remarkable memorials of early civilization ever recovered from the buried cities of the Orient.

It is a monolith--a stele of black diorite--bearing in bas-relief a likeness of Hammurabi (the Amrephel of the Old Testament Genesis xiv, 1), and the sixth king of the first Babylonian dynasty, who reigned about 2250 B.C. and there is also carved upon it, in archaic script in black letter cuneiform--used long after the cursive writing was invented--the longest Babylonian record discovered to this day,--the oldest body of laws in existence and the basis of historical jurisprudence.

It is a remarkable code, quickly made available through translation and transliteration by the Assyrian scholars, and justly named, from its royal compiler, Hammurabi's code. He was an imperialist in purpose and action, and in the last of his reign of fifty-five years he annexed or assimilated the suzerainty of Elam, or Southern Persia, with Assyria to the north, and also Syria and Palestine, to the Mediterranean Sea.