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February 3, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(5):303. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460050049017

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The prophets of the various "healing" Zions of the day are keenly alive to the profits. Brigham Young died a millionaire, Mrs. Eddy is said to have acquired great wealth, and Dowie is investing heavily with the funds derived from the faithful. We have not found any of them, except perhaps "crazy Schlatter," without a very comfortable place to lay their heads, or at all inclined to sell all they have and give to the poor—the giving is the other way, it is the poor that give to them. We admire thrift, and have no special sympathies with the sentimental socialism of the day that holds the world is going to ruin because some people are rich, but we confess to a natural dislike to seeing fortunes acquired by such methods. In comparison with these self-sanctified money accumulators the worldly fraud who heals by "magnetic power" seems even respectable, and

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