CALIFORNIA: Profit's Prophet

Glib, handsome Arthur Lowler Osborn Fountaine Bell toiled mightily during his early years in California. He founded a profitable cult called "Mankind United," labeled himself "The Voice" and announced that he had seven doubles all capable of thinking as one. He denounced capitalism, quoted the scriptures feverishly, soon claimed 250,000 followers.

But competition from others of south ern California's indigenous religionists was tough and he got little recognition. Finally in an excess of zeal, he announced that U.S. planes with Japanese colors had bombed Pearl Harbor on orders from the "hidden rulers of the world." He was arrested, convicted of...

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