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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 17, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Holllday anf -McFarlane, who married-th6
girls j Imagined for one min
uterthey were going to be regular
husbands they were badly mistaken.
Immediately after the marriage
ceremony, which wis performed for
the sake of appearances, Holliday
and McFarlane were chased out into
, the fields to "bring home the bacon,"
while Purnell stayed at home and
played King Solomon.
There were sixty-one female dis
ciples of the "king" in the House of
David. They, ranged in ages from 14
to 44. And to this scattered class
Purnell gave friut from the Tree of
Knowledge. But now Uncle Sam'
threatens to interfere with- Purnell's
well-populated Garden of Eden.
A part of Augusta Holiday's af
fidavit, made to the Benton Harbor
authorities, is as follows:
"He would take all of the girls into
his room and tell us that he was our
husband and that the other marriage
was just a sham, and he would quote
scripture, and told us that the flam
ing sword spoken of in the scrip
tures, held by the angel as barring
Adam and Eve from the garden, had
been taken away so far as he him
self was concerned, and he was puri
fied "He would take the girls out of
the room into his private room one
ata time and bring them back.
"Benjamin keeps most of the girls
at Shiloh, his headquarters. He has
all kinds of intoxicating liquor there
wh,ich he gives the girls. I left the
colony because I could not stand the
conditions there. Augusta Holli
day." It is thought that a great many of
the caseswhich have been presented
to the government will not be avail
able because of the statute of limita
tions. But the federal agents are
pinning great faith on the cases in
which Cora Rowley and Clitus Wade
will be sought to testify.
"The- Flying Rollers" control
thousands of dollars' worth of -property
in Benton Harbor and other,
places.. It is said that many of the
older 'disciples have handed over
large sums of- money to "King Ben
jamin." Yesterday Mrs. Matilda
Winters, formerly of this city, now of
Benton Harbor, filed suit against the
"Rollers" to get possession of her
mother, Mrs. Mary Winters, and also
$6,000 belonging to the woman.
It is said the government has final
ly obtained a picture of Purnell in a
compromising attitude with a group
of women for which they have been
seeking for some time.
His lady admirers are still with him
apparently. Today they are defend
ing him as "just like Jesus."
A new way of securing help for the
poor at Christmas time will be tried
by the Daughters of Isabella, Aquinas
court, No. 124. It will be a "pound
party," held at Casey hall, 47th arid
State, Saturday evening, Dec. 19.
There will be dancing and a mu
sical entertainment. But to get in
one must pay the admission price
of one pound of provisions. The
foodstuffs gathered will be distrib
uted among thirty-five deserving
Mrs. Mae Wagner, who was elected
grand regent a few days ago for the
fourth consecutive time, 'and Bessie
Manion, vice regent, are. in charge
of all arrangements. They report
that they have secured a great many
dolls from prominent people. These
dolls will be raffled off and the pro
ceeds will be used to buy turkeys for
the Christmas baskets.
New City, N. Y., Dec, 17 Pale and
worn looking, William V. Cleary, for
mer town clerk of Haverstraw, N. Y.,
appeared in court today at the open
ing of his trial on av charge of murder
ing 16-year-old Eugene Njgrman, his
son-in-law of a few hoursT
, Pretty Anna Clcary-Newman, the
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