Ol' "Doc" Bible was a hard rock reliable preacher in old Mizzoo;
When he got lyrical,
Many was the miracle
"Doc" was liable to do.
These lines belong to a fast-beat patter song, Missouri Walking Preacher, written in 1949. It was recorded and did fairly well in Midwestern jukeboxes, though it never made the hit parade.
Last week it looked as though the song might have been an error instead of a hit. Leathery-faced Guy Howard, 59, who wrote a poignant book, Walkin' Preacher of the Ozarks (TIME, Nov. 20, 1944), about his itinerant evangelism in the mountains, had heard the song and gone...