Religion: Battle of Jonesboro

An airplane bearing tear-gas bombs zoomed down upon small Jonesboro, Ark. one day last week. The National Guard stood ready with machine guns and fixed bayonets. Would there be martial law? Arkansas' Governor Harvey Parnell sent ten State Highway policemen. Local police were practically of no use; they wanted to take sides and get in the battle themselves. For of Jonesboro's 10,000-odd inhabitants, fully 7,000 were enjoying a breath-taking series of revival-meetings, near-riots, brawls and courtroom scenes.

Rev. Joe Jeffers, 33, Baptist evangelist, had arrived in Jonesboro for a series of...

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