Satan Frightening A Man For Gathering Nuts On Sunday


The following tale was related to me by the Rev. W. E. Jones, rector of

Bylchau, near Denbigh:--

Richard Roberts, Coederaill, Bylchau, when a young man, worked in

Flintshire, and instead of going to a place of worship on Sunday he got

into the habit of wandering about the fields on that day. One fine

autumn Sunday he determined to go a-nutting. He came to a wood where

nuts were plentiful, and in a short time he filled his pockets with nuts,

but perceiving a bush loaded with nuts, he put out his hand to draw the

branch to him, when he observed a hairy hand stretching towards the same

branch. As soon as he saw this hand he was terribly frightened, and

without turning round to see anything further of it, he took to his

heels, and never afterwards did he venture to go a-nutting on Sunday.

Richard Roberts told the tale to Mr. Jones, his Rector, who tried to

convince Roberts that a monkey was in the bush, but he affirmed that

Satan had come to him.