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a fair In one of the outlying prairies.
At this fair two tents were put up
one for the mere-men disciples to
sleep in and the other for the ladies
ind his nibs, the Light of the World.
Mrs. Clark speaksof it in the fol
"About four years ,ago Benjamin
took eleven women and about thir
teen men to Chicago with him. We
took some of the animals from the
ark with us and two tents.
"Benjamin came with us and walk
ed tround in front of our tents. A
lot of people looked at his whiskers
and his long hair and white clothes
and got interested in us. We "women
sold souvenirs and things. The men
pretended to do stunts with the ani
mals. But the animals were poor,
tired beasts, and they were good only
to stare at.
"The weather got pretty rainy and
Benjamin only stayed there two days
out of the eight we were in Chicago.
We slept in the tents on the rainy
ground after that But before it got
so bad he stayed with us. The men
slept in one tent and .the women in
another. That is, all but Benjamin.
"He went around among us as he
did in the inner court. He had a reg
ular celebration, just as he used to
have in Shiloh.
"We were in our night clothes and
he used to have us dance for him. He
especially enjoyed the dancing of the
younger girls, and he used to call
them to his side when they did real
well. It -was worth wihle to stand in
well, with King Benjamin, and be
pretty and young.
"But even with these celebrations,
Benjamin did not care much for the
weather, and he left us with our ani
mals to bring back to the ark."
Later Mrs. Clark told something of
life at the House of David:
"You see, Benjamin used to be up
pretty late at night and early in the
morning. With his celebrations and
his dances he was prety tired out
about -sunup. So he used to sleep
generally until-vnoon.- Then some
women would bring 'him "breakfast
and comb his beard and get his white
clothes ready. He would wander
around the place and let visitors look
at him. When evening came he would
sit on the veninda of Shiloh with
some of the women of the 'inner
court' and listen to the band concert.
"Then he would say good night to
the women a good night until he
saw them again a few hours later in
his kimono in the private room in
Shiloh or in Jerusalem or Bethlehem
or one of the other houses."
Meanwhile other interesting things
have come to light. The "Rollers"
own thousands of dollars of choice
property in Michigan. Whenever a
husband should accidentally fall in
love with the wife to whom he had
been assigned by Purnell and feel as
though he would ilke to at least get
pretty well acquainted with her, the
king would ship him away to North
ern Michigan to work in 'a lumber
camp for the "sake of the Lord."
It has also come to light that Pur
nell first attracted followers" by a
startling assertion that the world
was coming to an end in March,
1912. Hundreds of fanatics rushed
to him from all parts of the world.
When the time passed and the world
disappointed them by continuing in
its course, Purnell glibly explained
that there had been a mistake and
that he meant 1916.
"Mrs. Clark told of another time
when she accidentally caught Purnell
embracing a new disciple, a fair
young one. To obtain her secrecy
the "king" promised her a slide trom
bone and a position in the ladies'
Purnell is said' to have already
started a colony in New Zealand and
it is believed he may be headed there.
.Many fathers of girls, 12 and 14
years "old, have promised to aid the
government in their efforts to land
"Brother Francis," the wielder of
the "flaming sword,1' has also disap
peared from the love- colony.