Religion: Nuisances

In St. Petersburg, Fla. last week 53 persons appeared in court to protest the "hollering, moaning, screaming, stomping and wailing" of the congregation of a Church of God. Witnesses for the church and its Rev. C. W. Kearse replied that they were praying "in the old-fashioned way." A jury found Mr. Kearse guilty of maintaining a public nuisance.

In Los Angeles 60 complainants against a loudspeaker in a branch of Aimee Semple McPherson's Angelus Temple were curtly told: "Put cotton in your ears."


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