from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A polished quartz crystal serving as a magic mirror in certain incantations.
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The learned professor thought that witchcraft might be proved by witnesses who have heard the accused person invoking the devil for help, or seen the suspected party entertaining a familiar spirit and feeding it in any form or likeness, conjuring to raise storms, showing in a glass or show-stone the faces of absent persons.
His show-stone or mirror is still preserved among other curiosities in the British Museum.
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