A Charm Against Witchcraft
By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
In Pennsylvania which was known for its practice of Pow Wow a farmer found something perhaps not that unexpected hidden in a barn.
Jefferson Grimley, a carpenter, was tearing down the cornice of a house near Schwenskville, Montgomery County. Inside he found a piece of wood in the form of a cylinder about six and half inches long. Six holes had been made in it, three of different diameters went all the way through. The largest hole was a pin cut from the same kind of wood.
This charm was used to prevent certain supposed "wizards from carrying on their mysterious arts." The pin was fitted in the different size hole in order to inflict different degrees of torture. Placed in the largest hole it would "infallibly kill." That's where it was stuck in when discovered by Grimley.
A wooden pin was driven into the doorjamb of the horse stable.
Behind the pin was a large tuft of horse hair, and a piece of paper covered with "I's" and "cabalistic marks." The purpose of this charm, was to prevent "spells being put upon the horses while plowing."
A form of Dutch witchcraft called Pow-wow or Braucherei was practiced in this area of Pennsylvania. It was used to heal and hex.
In 1928, Nelson Rehmeyer was tortured and murdered in the belief that he was a witch doctor, and had placed a hex on a neighbor.
Jefferson Grimley died in 1899, at the age of 54, from pneumonia. He was a member of the Perkiomenville Lodge of Odd Fellows, the Brotherhood Lodge of Schwenksville and the Brotherhood Insurance.
Source - Daily Eagle Sun
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Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer