By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
In 1901, a group of French investigators claimed they discovered that the "Boxer atrocities in China were not instigated by the Manchus," but were the result of deliberate machinations of American and European satanists.
THE BOXER REBELLION
The Boxers were a secret society dating back to the 17th century. In 1747, they were responsible for Jesuits being expelled from China. The Boxers preached anti-western beliefs. All foreigners were first class devils, Chinese who were Christian converts were second-class devils, and those who worked for any foreigner were third-class devils. The Boxers believed in magic and were superstitious. They thought their spells could protect them from western bullets.
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According to these investigators, they claim despite tales that cults who worship Satan almost always have a French background, they declared that the headquarters of the Luciferians are in the United States and Britain. They mentioned Charleston, South Carolina as a "hotbed of depravity and wickedness". They alleged that devil worshipping cults have their origin in Freemasonry, and all the members belong to the Masonic order.
Skulls, skeletons and corpses have always figured visibly in the history of black magic. "If the remains of a saint can be obtained the satanist can do almost anything, even call up the Prince of the Infernal Regions himself."
However at the turn of the 20th century, saints were scarce. The next best thing were ministers of the Gospel or missionaries. Their earnest character and willingness to self-sacrifice making them very desirable.
According to the investigators, a certain Dr. Bataille who was formerly a ship's surgeon on board the Anadyr, which belonged to the Campagnie des Messageries Maritimes told the following story:
One day the ship was enroute to Europe from China and anchored at Point de Galle in southern Ceylon. A few passengers came on board from this port, one which was an Italian named Gaetano Carbuccia. His trade was dealing in curiosities, and in the course of his work he made several voyages on the Anadyr.
According to Dr. Bataille, Carbuccia's appearance had changed drastically. In a few months he had become a feeble and emaciated man.
The doctor asked what happened, and Carbuccia told him that he was a damned man. It started when he was persuaded to become a Mason at Naples, and he was initiated into the most secret degrees.
One trip took him to Calcutta, and he found the Free Masons of the city in a state of "intense excitement." The cause of it was their success in obtaining from China, the skulls of three martyred missionaries, which they planned to use in a magical rite. "The rite had been composed by General Albert Pike of Charleston, South Carolina and the skulls had been obtained by George Shekleton."
Carbuccia attended the rite and described where skulls were placed on a table and invocations were called out. "There was a shock of earthquake, a noise as of thunder, a blinding light and then the devil appeared and sat in the Grand Master's chair. He was clothed in a sort of rosy flush, nothing else, and was about 38 years of age with an expression of infinite but charming melancholy."
Before he disappeared he shook hands with Shekleton who had procured the skulls. Suddenly the man yelled, there was an electric shock and darkness descended in the chamber. The devil had departed and Shekleton was dead.
After witnessing the scene, Carbuccia felt he was beyond the help of heaven. Dr. Bataille assured him he was not, and decided to investigate diabolism on his own. Many of his findings were similar to what A. E. Waite described in his book Devil Woship in France.
Source - The New York Times, May 5, 1901
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Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer