As if by an Enchanter’s Wand

Peasant art in Sweden, Lapland and Iceland (1910) (14593636387)“Mr. Kohl, a fair and very impartial writer, at least, upon Ireland, and who is often quoted by the great agitator, O’Connell, says,—in passing from that part of the country, where the majority of the inhabitants profess the Roman Catholic religion to that in which the great bulk of the population are Protestants or Presbyterians,—”On the other side of these miserable hills, whose inhabitants are years before they can afford to get the holes mended in their potatoe kettles, (the most important article of furniture in an Irish cabin,) the territory of Leinster and that of Munster begins. The coach rattled over the boundary line, and all at once we seemed to have entered a new world. I am not in the slightest degree exaggerating when I say, that everything was as suddenly changed as if by an enchanter’s wand. The dirty cabins by the road side were succeeded by neat, pretty cottages; well cultivated fields and shady trees met the eye on every side. At first I could scarcely believe my own eyes, and thought the change must be merely local, caused by particular management of that particular state, but the improvement lasted, and continued to show me that I was among a totally different people, the Scottish settlers, and the industrious Presbyterians.””

~William Hogan, Popery! As it Was and as it Is, Crusade Against the Albigenses

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One thought on “As if by an Enchanter’s Wand”

  1. Meg, in Baron Porcelli’s The Antichrist, he gives quotes from English travelers to Italy in the 19th century who wrote about the squalor there, where centuries of papal rule had kept the inhabitants in darkness and subjection. This was the land my maternal grandparents emigrated from. After the Pope, Pius IX, lost his temporal power, he declared himself infallible. The history is incredible.

    It is so sad about Ireland because as you probably know there is evidence that the faith that Patrick brought there was not Roman Catholicism.

    The woman that rides the beast,
    The beast that devours and tramples the residue!

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