And it even got worse for the young metropole: Since this said June 18th no more rain fell. The beautiful white buildings with their beautiful Bougainvillea plants were in danger to vanish behind brown undergrowth. Also Altea became a little bit careful, when he noted on September 30th: „Long ago the Lorde punished the world due to humans’ sins by the great flood, or flattened Sodom and Gomorrha to the grounde. But why, oh Lorde, you punishes us now?”
A good question, because slightly too expensive souvenir postcards, or slightly too small portions of ice cream, were common in other towns too. And hotel rooms with defect air conditioning were quite common in the early 17th Century, as contemporary complaints show.
It gets interesting when we read an article of the „Key Largo Kourier” – then written still by hand – published on November 4th, 1607: „Key Largo Bewitched!” the Paper titled sensationally in 72-Dot-Italics. Bewitched by whom? This was not said by the former colleagues of mine. Instead they spread wild theories on the paper. „Find the Witch” have been the letters, which formed the last large words.
Also the „Key Largo Sunday Letter” hit into the same spot: „The Witch Must Burn! Who is the Witch?” were basically the only words decorating the front page. But even with less text this paper went further as the „Key Largo Kourier” did, because on page two a bounty of 500 Keyllars (today’s worth 17,35 US-Dollars) was set for everybody, who dared to blame someone being a witch.
Altea noted the first quick results in his chronicle: „Withine few days we made it, to finde 754 citizens of the towne, which mighte be witches. These became a huge problemer for magistrate and the mayor, as the towne of Key Largo in totalle just has 817 inhabitants within its walles.”
A really big problem, obviously. As it was solved is reported in the magistrate’s report, published in the „Key Largo Kourier” of December 19th, 1607. Here it said: „The magistrate here decided, that witch is without any doubte an worde female and she muste possesse a cat, therefore all of the mens folk cannot be the witche.” Pragmatic, practical, good. By this the number of suspects was cut to half.
The reporter B. Lackride also explains the next step of the search: „Key Largo’s councilmembers cannot be fooled by witches. As everywhere an ugly women is expected to be a witch, the witch will definitely hide behind the face and in the body of a beautiful being of the female sexe.” Again a wise move of the council members, as it reduced the number of the suspects to around one hundred. Oh yes, and she must be blonde. So now just fifty women were left.
Also all young people were excluded. This had no logical reason, but was just explained by the fact, that the newly built high school had to be closed again, when all teens were burned on the stake. So 34 women were left, who could have blamed to have bewitched the town and cursed it into an eternal state of a small village.