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December 5, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(23):1416. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490420038009

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Dowieism has reached a crisis that may be fatal. As a religion, like its congeneric delusion, Eddyism, it has depended altogether too much on filthy lucre, and the methods of the "profit" have apparently failed to meet the requirements of honorable business. Dowie's luxurious tendencies and the late fiasco of his New York crusade have, it seems, overtaxed the resources of his credulous followers, of whom he takes such shrewd advantage. He has been the defendant in a number of suits for debt, and now a receiver has been appointed by the U. S. courts. He may weather the storm, but the probabilities are that we have seen the end of Dowie as a financier, and the end of him as a prophet is a necessary consequence. What will become of his dupes is not a pleasant thing to contemplate. Many of them, we understand, have been exhausted of all

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