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November 1, 1902

DOUKHOBOR FANATICISM.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480440039007

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Abstract

A curious story comes from Assiniboia in the Canadian northwest. A few years ago a considerable number of Russian quakers, or doukhobors as they are called, settled there and have thus far prospered. Prosperity, however, seems to have been too much and too sudden for them, after their Russian persecutions; they are, as a Canadian correspondent puts it, ill at ease without trouble of some sort. Therefore, under the influence of a newly arrived Russian prophet, and some say from that of Tolstoi's works, a considerable number of doukhobors have arrived at the conclusion that it is wrong not only to deprive any animals of their life or freedom, but also to appropriate to their own use their services and products. They accordingly have turned their animals loose, commending them to Providence, and made bonfires of their woolen clothing, leather shoes and whatever else they had about them that was

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