Satan's Invisible World Displayed: Or, Despairing Democracy

Satan's Invisible World Displayed: Or, Despairing Democracy

by W. T. Stead
     
 

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CHAPTER III. ST. TAMMANY AND THE DEVIL. Hitherto, the city government of New York has not been a credit to the Kepublic; otherwise I should not be publishing a survey of the way in which New York has been governed as "Satan's Invisible World Displayed." The title, of course, is an adaptation, not an invention. The original holder of the copyright was one Hopkins, of the seventeenth century, who, having had much experience in the discovery of witches, deemed himself an expert qualified to describe the inner history and secret mystery of the infernal regions under that picturesque title. I have adopted it as being on the whole the most appropriate as a description of the state of abysmal abomination into which the government of New York had sunk before the great revolt of 1894 broke the power of Tammany—for a season—and placed in office a reform government charged to cleanse the Angean stable. The old witchfinder had no story to tell so horrible or so incredible as that which I have drawn up from the sworn evidence of witnesses exposed to public cross-examination before a State Commission in the city of New York. In the reports of the infernal Sab- bats, for attending which thousands of old women were burned or hanged in the seventeenth century, there always figures in the background, as the central figure in the horrid drama, a form but half-revealed, concerning whose identity even the witchfinders speak with awe.The weird women with their incantations and their broomsticks, their magic spells and their diabolical trysts, are but the slaves of the Demon, who, whether as their lover or their torturer, is ever their master, whose name they whisper with fear, and whose commands they obey with instant alacrity. For the Master of Ceremonies in the infernal revels, the Lord of the ...

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CHAPTER III. ST. TAMMANY AND THE DEVIL. Hitherto, the city government of New York has not been a credit to the Kepublic; otherwise I should not be publishing a survey of the way in which New York has been governed as "Satan's Invisible World Displayed." The title, of course, is an adaptation, not an invention. The original holder of the copyright was one Hopkins, of the seventeenth century, who, having had much experience in the discovery of witches, deemed himself an expert qualified to describe the inner history and secret mystery of the infernal regions under that picturesque title. I have adopted it as being on the whole the most appropriate as a description of the state of abysmal abomination into which the government of New York had sunk before the great revolt of 1894 broke the power of Tammany for a season and placed in office a reform government charged to cleanse the Angean stable. The old witchfinder had no story to tell so horrible or so incredible as that which I have drawn up from the sworn evidence of witnesses exposed to public cross-examination before a State Commission in the city of New York. In the reports of the infernal Sab- bats, for attending which thousands of old women were burned or hanged in the seventeenth century, there always figures in the background, as the central figure in the horrid drama, a form but half-revealed, concerning whose identity even the witchfinders speak with awe.The weird women with their incantations and their broomsticks, their magic spells and their diabolical trysts, are but the slaves of the Demon, who, whether as their lover or their torturer, is ever their master, whose name they whisper with fear, and whose commands theyobey with instant alacrity. For the Master of Ceremonies in the infernal revels, the Lord of the ...

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