Religion: Immortality at Oroville

Hobbling, crawling, shoving, shrieking, the crowd of blacks and whites pushed five policemen into the Mississippi River in their inordinate eagerness to reach John Cudney. For his "miracles" of healing the scrawny, bearded, old Canadian who used to peddle kindling prescribed no medicines, charged no fees.

That was in New Orleans in 1920. Next spring Los Angeles police stopped John Cudney's meetings on "Miracle Hill" because lepers were mixing with the crowds. But his Los Angeles sponsor, Mrs. Ella Farley, had already cleaned up with picture postcards of him at 25¢ each and her...

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