Religion: Witnesses in Detroit

Jehovah's Witnesses thrive on trouble. Last week, after the most harried season in their 62-year history, 35,000 Witnesses took over Detroit for five days, had themselves a rousing time.

Mornings Witnesses spread themselves through the city according to prearranged plans. So efficiently did they space their posses that dazed Detroiters thought the city had been taken by storm. Witnesses wore sandwich signs, brandished placards, sowed handbills and pamphlets everywhere. Phonograph-toting canvassers claimed "hundreds of converts."

Afternoons Witnesses hustled back to Convention Hall, where they had set up everything from a cafeteria to a hospital, sat on hard chairs in 117°...

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