Extraordinary Religions Fanaticism.
■Some remarkable revelations were made recently in the Brighton Police Court in an assault case arising out of the proceedings of the Army of the Lord, a so-called religious organisation which lias attained considerable notoriety in Brighton, The complainant was James Ravilions, formerly a tailor of Wandsworth, and the defendant the leader of the movement, James William Wood, who is also known as King Solomon. It seems that the complainant had been in the habit of coming to Brighton, and having attended some of the services of the Army of the Lord he was induced to join them. He was informed that a message had been received from a prophet directing him to dispose of his business and to lay all the money at the feet of the Apostle Caleb, one of King Solomon’s lieutenants. That injunction complainant complied with, and ho handed the apostle the sum of LUOS. From that time complainant and his wife and six children went to live with the Army, the understanding being that in return for his offering, which comprised every farthing he possessed, ho and his family were to pass the rest of their clays with the Army. The main part of their dietary consiste d of vegetable soup ; buir, added the complainant, amidst much laughter, King Solomon was allowed eggs and custard by order of the Prophet. Alter remaining with the Army for several months complainant ventured to openly criticise King Solomon’s doctrines. He began to be suspicious u lien prophecy after prophecy remained unfulfilled, and was confirmed in his doubts about his leader, when, after sitting up night after night waiting for the appearance of the Ark, it failed to manifest Itself. At length a letter was given to complainant purporting to come from Jehovah “through my servant, King Solomon,” telling him he must leave the Temple. As he refused to go, a second letter was handed to him. The Lord had decided that Ravilions was polluting the. Temple, and that until he left the Lord would heal no more children (one branch of the Army’s operations consisting of faithhealing). The assault consisted, of King Solomon pulling him roughly out of bed, seizing him by the throat, and thrusting him in the passage to eject him. Complainant eventually left with his family, when he was sheltered by a friend, and proceedings were taken on his behalf by a committee of gentlemen. A fine of L 5 and costs was imposed, and as King Solomon was without means he was removed in custody. The Stipendiary Magistrate observed that if regard were paid to the blasphemous contents of the letters, no punishment ho could inflict would be adequate.
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Extraordinary Religions Fanaticism., Evening Star, Issue 8012, 14 September 1889, Supplement
Extraordinary Religions Fanaticism. Evening Star, Issue 8012, 14 September 1889, Supplement
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