Appalachian Apostle

A county is abuzz over an inspiring stranger who looks like you-know-who

Since October, the bearded man in a white robe has wandered around this depressed coal region in Pennsylvania, where people tell stories about him. Children seem to believe he can walk in a snowstorm without getting wet and that his robe never gets dirty. One man phoned a local newspaper to say the visitor had put his palms on the hood of the man's car and fixed a problem that would have been too expensive for him to repair. The bearded man smiles at these stories and says he mostly tries to discourage them. Mostly. "There have been some real miracles,"...

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