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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1912, Image 25',
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TWO WIVES OF "LOVE GOD WITH GOLD TEETH," TO
SAY NOTHING OF GALL, IN COURT AGAINST HIM
Gorham Tufts, Jr., formerly a
redlight missionary, but now bet
ter known as "The Love God
With the Gold Teeth," is in'bad.
Two of his wives are after .him
with axes to say nothing qf court
proceedings and charge's of -embezzlement.
Also, "The Love God With the
Gold Teeth" is presently in jail in
Los Angeles, and quite likely to
stay there for some ime.
Tufts' first wife, Mrs. Gorham
Tufts, Jr., appeared before Judge
McKinley in the superior court
today to prove that a divorce
-granted her husband in 1910 was
Tufts' second wife, Mrs. Jennie
Henry Scranton Roet whom he
married in 1911, appeared with
Mrs." Gorham Tufts, Jr., to help
her prove it.
The life and works of Tufts are
truly remarkable, and would seem
to prove that one of the easiest
things in the world is to become
a God in America and separate
credulous people from their
When Tufts was 22, he was a
horse trader in Albany, Indiana.
He suffered from a vision, which
sent him into Chicago's redlight
district as a missionary.
As a side issue to '.missioning,
Tufts solcl second-hand dresses to
women at first-hand prices.
In a magazine, one fine day,
Tufts read about Mary House
keeper, a missionary at Danville,
ion, which told him he ought to
marry Mary. He hunted her up,
and they were married in Chi
cago in 1895.
At this time, Tufts was running
what lie called the "Qpen Door
Mission," at 59 Plymouth street.
Said "mission" was a fijye-sfory
building with a wood yard in
connection. Anyone could get a
bed in the "mission" if he worked
long enough in the wood yard.
On the woodpile one day, Tufts
discovered Charles T. Parnell, a
former ocean liner steward.
Tufts liked Parnell so much he
ordained him a minister of the
Church of God on the spot.
In 1897, the Church of God sent
Tufts to India with $1,500 for the
When the church officials heard
how Tufts had used the money,
-they excommunicated him.
Later, Tufts decided to become
a disciple of Alexander Dowie,
thus acquiring much wisdom in
the art of separating people from
In fact, he learned too much for
Dowie, and in the argument,
Tufts threw a chair at Elijah II,
and left Zion City, saying he
could do better by himself.
He did. By 1900 he had col
lected another large and healthy
relief fund for those Indian
While in India getting rid of
the money, Tufts conducted a re
ligious paper at Cincinnati.
His articles in that paper were
He suffered from another vis-sure wonderful. They first toltf