When the Reformation was spreading in Lithuania, Prince Radzivii was so affected that he went in person to visit the Pope and pay him all possible honors. His Holiness, on this occasion, presented him with a box of precious relics. Having returned home the report of this invaluable possession was spread, and, at length, some Monks entreated permission to try the effects of these relics on a demoniac who had hitherto resisted every kind of exorcism. They were brought into the church with solemn pomp, deposited on the altar and an innumerable crowd attended. After the usual conjurations, which were unsuccessful, they applied the relics. The demoniac instantly became well.
The people called out “A miracle!” And the Prince, lifting up his hand and eyes to heaven, felt his faith confirmed. In this transport of pious joy, he observed a young gentleman who was the keeper of this rich treasure of relics, to smile and appear by his motions to ridicule the miracle.
The Prince, with violent indignation, took our young keeper of the relics to task, who, on a promise of pardon, gave the following secret intelligence concerning them:
He assured him that in traveling from Rome he had lost the box of relics, and that, not daring to mention it, he had procured a similar one which he had filled with the small bones of dogs and cats and other trifles similar to what was lost. He hoped he might be forgiven for smiling when he found that such a collection of rubbish was idolized with such pomp and had even the virtue of expelling demons.
It was by the assistance of this box that the Prince discovered the gross imposition of the Monks and demoniacs, and he afterwards became a zealous Lutheran.