Religion: Last Methodist Out

After almost two years in a Communist jail (including 14 months in solitary confinement), the last U.S. Methodist missionary in China* came home last week. The Rev. Francis Olin Stockwell, 52, of Perry, Okla., first went to China in 1929, and for 15 years was treasurer of the West China Methodist Conference, with headquarters at Chengtu. In the fall of 1950, the Communists arrested him for "espionage." From then on, he was subjected to a determined "brainwashing" treatment.

When the Communists tried to indoctrinate him in a Chungking prison, Missionary Stockwell noticed that it...

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