THE DEVIL TAKES A HAND: DANIEL WEBSTER, WANDERING WILLIE, AND LORD BALMERINO.

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      The article argues that the book "The Devil and Daniel Webster," by Stephen Vincent Benet, has marked similarities to a story in Scott Walter's novel "Redgauntlet" and also to a historical trial held in Scotland in 1635. It provides an overview of Benet's book in which an impoverished farmer named Jabez Stone makes a pact with the Devil to gain prosperity. It notes that both the stories of Stone and Lord Balmerino who was charged of treason are similar in a way that they both face a jury.