Catholic School Boys

I am having some quiet smiles as I scan a hardcover 1945 anthology titled "Speak of the Devil." It is all stories, poems and text about Satan, including excerpts from "Faust." The book is discarded from Holy Family High School Library in Massena, NY, according to various pages containing their rubber stamp. The book is exceeding pawed through by many readers, indicating that while most Catholic boys there didn't dare check it out, it was squirreled away into their rooms and carried about on various little field trips. Several pages are stained curiously and some smell of brimstone. There are some suspicious dried leaves (species indeterminate), a touch of candle wax, and a couple of penciled-and-erased attempts at Pentagrams. Ah, if this book could talk!


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