The InterOcean Chicago 1.22.1899 Queer sect

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CUBA. ". "-sssjJ?-"; itT J55lA' - ---' ". f ' . ' .Jl. . . ENCAMPMENT NEAR THE CVBAN COAST. v ml I a I absent-minded post-office Is OMISH A QUEER SECT RelitJous Body That -Puts BarV on Neckties and Mustaches, y . NO USE FOR FRIVOLITY "Women Also Forbidden to Trim? Their Hats and Gowns. ;. Conrtshlp at Vaanaj People Mast BeV Conducted Tknagk Aaeney mt Chnreh Elders. Clssna Park, 111., has an eceotrte religious sect which forbids its male members to wear neckties, cultivate a mustache, smoke, vote, or go courting. Women sre enjoined from . wesring trimming of any kind on their hats. Not even a very little ribbon or a chicken feather Is allowed. Fashion magazines are looked upon as tempting lures sent out by the Evil One and anv sister who dares to sew a ruffle on her skirt is disciplined and msde the : subject c special prayer. By outsiders this strange sect is called Ornish. The members resent this, however, and call themselves the Christian apostolic oC German church. There are about 1.000 mem-bers in the church, nearly all farmers, and all nAf.il fnr tli.1, uhrllT friirslftv- l&J strict honesty. Tbey live as a distinct little commonwealth set down en the Illinois prairie, and governed entirely by church law. In fact, it is a grave misdemeanor for any. member of the congregation to appeal to the state authorities in tbe settlement of ' dls- putes. Differences which among other pec- . pie would lead to law suits are decided by ' council of the elders of the church. The members dress in the plainest of clotbf s. The women wear small black aprons, over calico dresses. Their headgesr consists; of a black-straw tailor hat entirely devoid of - trimming. The men are nearly ail clean; . shaven. Tbey are permitted to wear beards,; but not mustaches. The mustache is under B nan. as me eiders say it conauces to vanity and tbe dreadful pride which goes before a fall. ----- - -.- - Xo Caisee for Conrtshlp. ... . . . '.. i Ornish of Clssna Park. The only opportunity I a young man has of choosing a partner for! life among them is by casting sheep's eyeg j across the broad aisle which separates the,' men sua wuiavu vnujini i u caima on, Sunday. He may not ask to see her borne from-' meeting, and burning out coal In the parlo grate on Sunday evenings is considered rank; heresy. After a rustic swain among ths) ' Omirhes has in some way picked out the Klr : be thinks he might like to marry he confides. In one of the elders of the church. Tbe eldea in turn tells the father of tbe girl, and the. father. If be approves of the match, give. thai elder's message to tbe daughter. If ber an, swer is xavoracie tne prospective weddlngta; .., announced In church the next Sunday. Iti her answer is unfavorable the young man la' supposed to renounce all hope in that dlree-: ' uuu man iuur lourwucif viae iui a msxiis.1 partner. .-.- The only proper way to salute one another? among the Omlshes Is by kissing. Shaklngi handk is considered a cold and soulless meth-l A .1 .lir. .w.A I. -I .k. t t - punishment visited upon a recalcitrant church! ciple. not too young and good looking, stations' himself at the outer door of the church audi go away. If he skips a brother or a sister It is tbe cause of gossip Immediately, and It! Is understood that there has been a grave in- fraction of rules. Osenlatory Saturday Is market day. and then there 1st on In the streets of the little village. The uira emurmce jlxiu aiss eacn omer. ana tne , women likewise kiss only the members ) -their own sex. t Sunday service at the church begins early and lasts. all day. Tbe food is cooked and!" served at the meeting-house, and strangers are always welcome. The elders are very strict In enforcing their church discipline. Tbey order penances for all offenses. One of the most ordinary punishments, inflicted ' for minor offenses, such as pride, boasting, ' etc., is to condemn the culprit to attend meeting on foot. No matter what the condition, -ot the roads, if the elders so decree, any toplofty young man who persists in wearing neckties or patent-leather shoes will be com- that be bad decided to mention to tbe elder ' may drive by in a carriage, and she may look7 at him with scorn, but be has to grin and. bear it in silence. - It a member falls under tbe ban ot the elder: he is boycotted by his fellow members. They refuse to buy bis corn, they, won't attend bis wife's quiltlngs. and refuse . to bold any Intercourse with bim until be ex- . plates his offense. - ' The members of the Ornish sect take no part In politics, and never vote. They do aoL employ physicians. They never use tobacco, but ' drink a good deal ot wine and 'jeer, Tbey abhor . secret societies. .Reading newspapers Is not strictly forbidden, but la considered frivolous and risky. They are op- -posed - to war under any - circumstances. Nearly all of the Omlshes are prosperous) farmers, many of tbem wealthy, and all extremely careful to live np to their contracts-

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 22 Jan 1899, Sun,
  3. Page 25

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