Marks on Earth Supposedly Left by the Devil
In 1954, the citizens of Canada perceived the face of Satan, printed on banknotes issued by the national mint. He faces to the left, emerging from the engraving, of Canada's constitutional queen, on all the paper currency of that year. In response to public protest, the queen's elaborate hairstyle, was modified, to eliminate the graven image. These are some of the marks on Earth, supposedly left by the devil.
George Whitfield, the cross-eyed traveling preacher, is credited with inspiring the first religious revival, of the British colonies in America, which they called the "great awakening". The year 1740 found him in the town of Ipswich, in the colony of Massachussetts. His Sunday sermon had drawn so many worshippers, that the local chapel was too small to hold them. It was 1740, and the throng of devotees was so deep, that Whitfield did climb to the roof of the church, from where he delivered his lesson. But he was interrupted.
It is said the gathered crowd, numbering over a thousand, stood frozen in horror. The smoky form of Satan materialized on the roof, just behind the evangelist. The young reverend, twenty six years of age, literally wrestled with the devil. Whitfield appeared to be winning, when Lucifer escaped his grasp, climbing the steeple of the church. The preacher followed, and succeeded in flinging the devil to Earth. Lucifer landed on one foot, on a large rock near the chapel, where his footprint remains to this day. The adversary then scrambled away, never to return.
In the year 1637, in a village near Lublin in Poland, a widow woman, was approached by the servant of a nobleman, Lord Kadowski. Kadowski owned adjacent land, and he sought also to own, the modest field, left to the woman by her sainted husband. The widow refused, and the following day Kadowski's henchmen appeared. They burned her one room house to the ground. In search of justice, the brave old woman brought suit in the local court. She demanded compensation, however the village magistrate, was in debt to Kadowski. She lost her case. Her only recourse, was to appeal the decision in Lublin, at the Crown Tribunal.
The nobleman paid an exorbitant sum in bribes, to all three judges of the Crown. He won again. Before the upper court could have the woman removed from the premises, she cried out, "Even the devil would have pronounced a verdict more fair." No sooner had her voice faded, than a tall figure, wearing a black robe, entered the courtroom. His eyes burned like fire, and hooves could be seen, below the hem of his garment. As he approached the massive pine table that served as the magistrates' bench, the three judges fled. From the very same bench, the demon now pronounced a different verdict, in favor of the widow. This verdict was recorded by the clerk. It is said that the corporeal form of the Lord, hanging from a crucifix on the wall, turned his head away in shame, that Satan had made fair judgement, when magistrates in his name, had not.
Instead of ending the session by striking a gavel, the devil slammed his hand on the table, leaving the scorched outline, now known as the "devil's paw". The table itself can still be seen, in the museum at Lublin castle.
The best-known landmark in Chesterfield, England, is the Church of Saint Mary. The cathedral was built around the year 1350, and the church spire can be seen in the valley, from miles around. Local legend has it, that one night the devil himself, came to rest, at the top of the steeple, wrapping his tail around the spire, for support. When the smell of incense, from the midnight mass, reached his nose, it made him sneeze. His tail twisted the spire, into the peculiar shape for which it is famous.
The more mysogynistic version of the tale, holds that the devil wrapped his tail about the spire on a Saturday morning. A bride of Chesterfield was entering the church. The devil was so surprised, to see that this woman was pure, that he twisted around to ogle the maiden, pulling the spire with him.
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