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George Jacob Schweinfurth is going out of the "heaven" bubiuess into the inburance business, says a Rocksord (Illinois) telegram to the San Francisco Chronicle of July 10. He has come to an irrevocable decision that he is of liumfcn origin, and now he is going to act on the principle that nothing human is foreign to him. For six months Schweinfurth has been suspecting that the old idea of his being the Son of God must have been an .illusion. Now he is convinced that it was. He been looking' into Chnstinu Science, and will join that church. The "pngels" iv "heaven" nre growing tired of their beaulitude, and are likewise growing smaller in number. Pcores of them have left the place of late, and many of these are now peddling fruit and vegetables in that city. Those who remain ore no longer wedded to the belief that Providence is especially interested in their doings. Schweinfurth's desertion will probably close up the "heaven" permanently. Schweinfurth for a number of years asserted that ho was Christ, and made many converts, largely women, many of whom conferred upon him all their property. They called themselves "angels" and their community "heaven." The sett of which Schweinfurth wae head was founded fifteen years ago by Mrs Dora Beekman, wife of a Congregational minister, who pleached that she possessed the attributes of the risen Lord. The central church of "her followers was at Byron, near Rockford. After a curiously changeable career, Schweinfurth became one of her followers, and finally head of tho sect she founded, which has churches at Chicago, St. Charles, Minneapolis, Paw Paw, Louisvilie, Le.ivenworth iind Kansas City, and members scattered in many other places. ThG headquarters at Weldon Farm are sumptuously furnished, and the property, which is Schweinfurth's, is said to be worth .£500,000. Schweinfurth, who claimed to be Christ in his second advent, was born at Marion, Marion County, Ohio of German parents, in 1853. He taught school for some years and then prepared himself for the Methodist ministry, but was never regularly ordained.

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TIRED OF "HEAVEN.", Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10120, 23 August 1900

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TIRED OF "HEAVEN." Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10120, 23 August 1900