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did" it for revenge because his
young wife was unfaithful. Es caped. Police searching. Police believe Rose has committed sui cide and will drag river. David Sweeney, "2728 Wabash av., arrested, charged with bur glary by Mrs. K. De Courcey, 118 E. 43d st Angelina Aiidrici, 14, 1903 S. Clark st, who has been married two years, had husband arrested for desertion. Ordered to pay her $5 a week. Mrs. Anna McCabe, 87, Dela van, Wis., visiting her son at 2311 Belden ct, seized with nervous attack. Died. Paralysis. -o-o- INVEJSTIGATING "BLACK ROSE" CULT LEADER The federal government has taken up the case of "Dr." Lauron W. de Laurence, head of the V,Black Rose and White Willow cults. The-police raided de Laurence's "temple" at 3340 Michigan ave nue yesterday after the story told by Mrs. Augusta Muerie, who escaped from the""temple." De Laurence, his wife and a gang of negroes, Indians and white women were arrested. The chief diety of the temple was found to be a regular cigar store Indian, before which de Laurence Worshipped and'forced his followers to worship. The story told by Mrs. Muerie was to the effect that de Laurence forced his white women followers to undress and "weigh in" when entering the cult before himself I and a bodyguard of negroes. Mrs. Muerie also said that flagellation was practiced in the temple. i After the police raid it was dis covered that the government had been on de Laurence's trail for some time. "Evidence now in the hands of the government tends to show that de Laurence sent improper literature and forbidden medicine through the mails. It has also been ascertained that almost all of de Laurence's male followers were either ne groes or Indians, while his female followers were white women. There were two circles in the cult the Black Rose and the White Willow. Only the ad vanced members of the cult were admitted to the Black Rose, the second "brother" of which was a negro preacher. De Laurence is a little man, weighing about 125 pounds. He is n6t attractive in appearance. Apparently, however, he ruled his Michigan avenue "temple" v?ith an iron hand. It is ven said that the Black Rose members were forced to swear that they would cpmmit murder if he or dered them to. De Laurence swore today that no immoralities were practiced in the fashionable "temple" and de nied that any of the activities of the cult were illegal. The police "case against de Laurence probably will be al lowed to rest until the federal grand jury has had a chance to indict him.