Religion: St. Louis Blues

If there was one churchman the Southern Baptists didn't want to see at their convention in St. Louis last week, it was the Rev. John Franklyn Norris. But there he was, as usual, bigger and louder than life.

Tall, gimlet-eyed, Alabama-born J.Frank Norris, 69, rejoices in his ecclesiastical reputation as the "stormy petrel of the Southwest," and sees to it that the description keeps up-to-date. In his church study at Fort Worth in 1926, the Rev. Mr. Norris killed an unarmed political enemy by shooting him four times in the belly and was acquitted on grounds of self-defense.

A few years later,...

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