“IN THE FOURTEENTH BURNING, TWO PERSONS. The mother of the two little girls before mentioned. A girl twenty-four years old.
IN THE FIFTEENTH BURNING, TWO PERSONS. A boy twelve years of age, in the first school. A woman.
IN THE SIXTEENTH BURNING, SIX PERSONS. A boy of ten years of age.
IN THE SEVENTEENTH BURNING, FOUR PERSONS. A boy eleven years old. A mother and daughter.
IN THE EIGHTEENTH BURNING, SIX PERSONS. Two boys, twelve years old. The daughter of Dr. Junge. A girl of fifteen years of age. A strange woman.
IN THE NINETEENTH BURNING, SIX PERSONS. A boy of ten years of age. Another boy, twelve years old.
IN THE TWENTIETH BURNING, SIX PERSONS. Gobel’s child the most beautiful girl in Wurzburg. Two boys, each twelve years old. Stepper’s little daughter.
IN THE TWENTY-FIRST BURNING, SIX PERSONS. A boy fourteen years old. The little son of Senator Stolzenberger. Two alumni.
IN THE TWENTY-SECOND BURNING, SIX PERSONS. Sturman, a rich cooper. A strange boy.
IN THE TWENTY-THIRD BURNING, NINE PERSONS. David Croten’s boy, nine years old. The two sons of the prince’s cook, one fourteen, the other ten years old.
IN THE TWENTY-FOURTH BURNING, SEVEN PERSONS. Two boys in the hospital. A rich cooper.
IN THE TWENTY-FIFTH BURNING, SIX PERSONS. A strange boy.
IN THE TWENTY-SIXTH BURNING, SEVEN PERSONS. Weydenbush, a senator. The little daughter of Valkenberger. The little son of the town council bailiff.
IN THE TWENTY-SEVENTH BURNING, SEVEN PERSONS. A strange boy. A strange woman. Another boy.
IN THE TWENTY-EIGHTH BURNING, SIX PERSONS. The infant daughter of Dr. Schutz. A blind girl.
IN THE TWENTY-NINTH BURNING, SEVEN PERSONS. The fat noble lady, (Edelfrau). A doctor of divinity.
“Strange” men and women, i.e., Protestants – 28; citizens, apparently all WEALTHY people – 100; boys, girls, and little children – 34; in nineteen months – 162 persons.
“There were”, says Wright, “little girls of from seven to ten years of age among the witches, and seven and twenty of them were convicted and burnt”, at some of the other brande, or burnings. “The numbers brought to trial in these terrible proceedings were so great, and they were treated with so little consideration, that it was usual not even to take the trouble of setting down their names, but they were cited as the accused number 1, number 2, number 3, and so on.” The Jesuits took their confessions in private.”
What room is there in a theology which exacts such holocausts as these to appease the bloody appetites of its priests for the following gentle words:
“Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” “Even so it is not the will of your Father…that one of these little ones should perish.” “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depths of the sea.”
We sincerely hope that the above words have proved no vain threat to these child-burners. Did this butchery in the name of their Moloch-god prevent these treasure-hunters from resorting to the black art themselves? Not in the least, for in no class were such consulters of “familiar” spirits more numerous than among the clergy during the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. True, there were some Catholic priests among the victims, but though these were generally accused of having “been led into practices too dreadful to be described”, it was not so.
In the twenty-nine burnings above catalogued we find the names of twelve vicars, four canons, and two doctors of divinity burnt alive. But we have only to turn to such works as were published at the time to assure ourselves that each popish priest executed was accused of “damnable heresy”, i.e., a tendency to reformation – a crime more heinous far than sorcery.”
H. P. Blavatsky