Religion: Serpent Taken Up

In Sylva, N. C. (pop.: 1.340) Albert Teester, 39-year-old preacher of a "Holiness" sect, had said: "I'll handle a serpent if they want me to." Into his church two Sundays ago they brought a rattlesnake. While his congregation fidgeted, Albert Teester held the reptile aloft, shouting: "It won't hurt me!" The snake's head flashed twice; twice its fangs pricked his arm. Flinging the creature from him, Albert Teester screamed, ran into the churchyard, writhed and groveled on the ground. As they carried him away on a pallet, someone cried: "Arise and walk!" Preacher Teester...

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