But if a majority of diviners decide against the accusers, the latter are set upon a wagon-load of brushwood and burned to death.
But two questions remain to be settled - (1) did her accusers at one time possess another version of this letter which if it existed was beyond doubt a forgery ?
We cannot, in short, believe Mary's accusers on their oaths.
If so, there was time for Lennox to lend to the accusers certain notes which a retainer of his, Thomas Crawford of Jordan Hill, swore (December 9, 1568) that he had made for Lennox (about January 22, 1567) of secret conversations between Darnley and Mary.
Lord Robert was the only friend of Darnley in Mary's entourage; and he even, according to the accusers, warned him of his danger in Kirk o' Field, to which they said that a Casket Letter (III.) referred.
In many cases the accused persons, in order to avoid the indignity of a public trial, bought off their accusers, who found in this a fruitful source of revenue.
He answered His accusers by the brief but pregnant sentence: " My Father worketh even until now, and I work."
But Menelaus managed to retain his position, and his accusers were put to death.
He confirmed his story by leading his accusers to the cavern where his six companions were found, youthful and beaming with a holy radiance.
When brought before the tribunal she was condemned to death and was on the way to execution, when Daniel interposed and, by cross-questioning the accusers apart, convinced the people of the falsity of the charge.
The Pharisees held that the intention of the accusers was equivalent to murder.
Athanasius stood firm, but many accusers soon rose up against one who was known to be under the frown of the imperial displeasure.
On the present occasion his accusers succeeded at once in arousing the imperial jealousy.
Rhodes himself was not removed from the privy council, as his more extreme accusers demanded; but he had to abandon his career in Cape politics for a time, and confine his energies to the development of Rhodesia, which had been added to the empire through his instrumentality in 1888-1889.
It is said that the foreign office had then in print a series of despatches which would have answered its accusers had they been presented when the debate began, as for some unexplained reason they were not.
The organization must have been strong in numbers, but only those who were seized for heresy are known by name, and it is only from the indictments of their accusers that their opinions can be gathered.
However irregular this sentence may have been from the canonical point of view (for the accusers do not seem to have actually proved the crime of heresy, which was necessary, according to most scholars of the period, to justify the deposition of a sovereign pontiff), the condemned pope was not long in confirming it.
At the inquiry he bought his acquittal from a courtier and his accusers were executed.