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James Moore Family

                                                      CEDAR TOWNSHIP.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
DIED. HYDROPHOBIA. It is reported that J. B. Todd, of Otter Creek Township, was bitten by a rabid dog some few days ago and has since died of hydrophobia. It is also said that the dog bit a pet wolf kept by Jas. Moore, in same township, and the wolf has bitten two of Moore’s children. The children were brought over to Mr. E. Shriver, in Sheridan Township, who has a madstone. Too great care cannot be taken to avoid mad dogs.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.
The Courier seldom is in error in its statements, but Todd was not bitten by a rattlesnake, neither is he dead; nor were the “children” of Mr. Moore bitten by a savage pet wolf. Let Todd live awhile yet anyhow, if it does spoil an item.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.
                                          CEDAR TOWNSHIP, May 26, 1878.
The Followers of Christ have built up quite a church in Cedar Township. A part of their creed forbids them taking medicine for any cause. If one of them gets sick, they are to send for the Elders, who anoint the sick person with olive oil and pray, and their faith will make them well.
Last Friday, the 24th of May, Mrs. Moore, the wife of James Moore, member of this church, was trying her faith by handling a five-year-old rattlesnake. His snakeship stood it for a while, but at last it got mad and bit the old lady on the foot, and now such another pow wow you never heard. Not a thing has been done but anoint her with oil and pray for her, and today, Sunday the 26th, she is in a very critical condition, foot and leg terribly swollen. If she don’t die, it is going to be an awful close shave. Such is their religion. O. HUSH.
Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.
                                            CEDAR TOWNSHIP, June 1, 1878.
EDITOR COURIER: A sect down here known as the Followers of Christ, whose creed is to take no medicine when sick or afflicted, are having a big time at present.
They claim that by faith they can drink deadly poison, handle deadly serpents, etc., and not receive harm. Last Friday Miss Jennie Moore, who with her sister, father, and mother are recent accessions to this church, while at work in the garden found a large rattlesnake. Believing in the doctrine of her church, she took this uncouth reptile up in her hands and carried it into the house where her mother and sister were. They all handled his snakeship awhile, passing it from one to another, until it tired of such treatment, when it struck the old lady on the foot, fastening its fearful fangs in her flesh. Now, in place of sending for a physician, the canon of their church says “they shall send for the elders of the church,” who shall anoint with oil and pray for the afflicted, and, if they have faith, believing they shall be healed. But at the present writing old mother Moore’s prospects for recovery are slim. Her foot and leg are fearfully swollen, with a fever as hot as is possible to imagine, and not even an application of cold water being used. Such is their faith in a prayer gauge. I GUESS.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
Old Mrs. Moore, who was bitten by the rattlesnake, has entirely recovered and has more faith in the efficacy of the prayer gauge than ever.
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
                                                     That Rattlesnake Bite.
Our reporter recently interviewed Mrs. Mary Moore, who was bitten by a rattlesnake several weeks ago, in relation to her wonderful case. She belongs to a sect called “The true followers of Christ.” She says that she was bitten severely in the ankle and nothing was done to cure her for four days except the prayers of her husband, and her limb swelled up dreadfully and turned spotted. The elders were then called in, who prayed for her, anointed her limb with olive oil, and laid on their hands, when with no other treatment she rapidly recovered and in three weeks was entirely well.


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